Travel start-ups in Southeast Asia are attracting scattered but enthusiastic interest from venture capital investors. Success in navigating the sector’s early days will be a matter of niche targeting
Gobi Partners has led a $6 million funding round for Malaysia-based online used car purchasing platform Carsome.
Encouraging trends in population, social mobility, commodities, technology, and governance standards are converging on Islamic finance. PE plays a small role with strong upside in Asia
Ekuinas represents a mixed bag, serving as GP and LP and pursuing social and economic objectives. CEO Syed Yasir Arafat Syed Abd Kadir explains how the group is making a difference in Malaysian private equity
Andrew Affleck, managing partner of Singapore’s Armstrong Asset Management, explains the role private equity investors can play in developing renewable energy assets in Southeast Asia
Venture capital investors increasingly view Southeast Asia as a single market as start-ups focus their attentions on a handful of large cities whose young populations have similar consumption habits
Malaysia’s public sector pension fund, KWAP, has joined Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Khazanah Nasional in backing the spin-out of an infrastructure unit of Southeast Asian telecom company Axiata.
Village Grocer, a Malaysian premium grocery chain owned by Navis Capital Partners, has taken over domestic rival Bens Independent Grocer (BIG).
Creador has exited its stake in Malaysian financial technology company GHL Group to Actis after scanning a field of strategics and deciding PE was the best backer for the sector
Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis has invested MYR290 million ($65.6 million) in Malaysia-listed payment services provider GHL Group, facilitating a full exit for Creador.
The Riverside Company has completed its second deal in Malaysia as Drex-Chem Malaysia (now known as DCM Asia), the chemicals distributor it bought in 2014, acquired Erapoly Marketing.
Iflix, a primarily Southeast Asia-focused video streaming service that follows a similar business model to Netflix, has raised $90 million in Series B funding led by Liberty Global and Kuwaiti telecom company Zain Group.
Malaysian VC-backed online-to-offline (O2O) e-commerce company Fave has agreed to acquire Groupon Singapore, extending a string of related bolt-ons in Southeast Asia.
Increased urgency around demographic tailwinds in the funeral services space has coincided with a spate of investment activity in recent years. Private equity could be well positioned to play a leading role
The Hong Kong and Southeast Asia business of Fitness First, which is controlled by Oaktree Capital Management, has agreed to merge with Celebrity Fitness, a Southeast Asia gym operator owned by Navis Capital Partners.
Serba Dinamik Holdings, a Malaysian oil and gas services provider backed by CMS Opus Private Equity (COPE), posted a marginal gain on its first day of trading on the Bursa Malaysia after raising MYR600 million ($135 million) in its IPO.
Patient Japanese capital and state-backed Malaysian funding underpin a partial spin-out of Southeast Asia telecom towers business Edotco from Axiata
Creador has reached a final close of $415 million on its third Southeast Asia and India-focused fund, short of the original $450 million target.
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Malaysian state-controlled fund Khazanah Nasional have agreed to invest a combined $600 million in Kuala Lumpur-based telecom infrastructure company Edotco.
Malaysian gym membership app KFit, whose VC backers include Sequoia Capital and Venturra Capital, has acquired Groupon Malaysia.
Although a low oil price environment has created interesting inroads for PE investors seeking exposure to Asia’s growing energy consumption story, challenges of timing and targeting have slowed uptake
Malaysia’s Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and Australia-based QIC differ markedly in terms of the maturity of their PE programs, but there is a common interest in establishing close ties to a limited number of GPs and pursuing co-investment.
Asia is increasingly a target for private equity firms on the fundraising trail, but the region’s LP base can be difficult to penetrate, with huge variations in size, appetite and sophistication
The Blackstone Group has terminated an $800 million commitment to develop oil and gas assets in Southeast Asia with Malaysia-based Tamarind Energy.