Traditional buyouts slip into the shade, allowing education and technology to shine; China IPOs and secondary buyouts stay strong in a weak exit market; fundraising suffers an early-year blip
1) Investment: Services stand out in a weak market PE investment in education ended 2017 with a flourish as Affinity Equity Partners agreed to buy the Malaysia assets of global player Laureate Education...
Cathay Capital Private Equity has reached a first close of EUR600 million ($702 million) for its latest middle-market Sino-European fund. The target is EUR1.2 billion.
Opera Software, a Norwegian web browser developer acquired by a PE-backed Chinese consortium in 2016, is looking to raise up to $115.2 million in a US IPO.
51 Credit Card, a Chinese online credit card management platform backed by the likes of Tiantu Capital, GGV Capital, and Shunwei Capital, raised HK$1 billion ($128.5 million) in its Hong Kong IPO.
Singapore’s Golden Equator Capital and Korea Investment Partners (KIP) have jointly launched a S$120 million ($88 million) Southeast Asia technology fund focused on start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SME).