Assets held by the world’s 100 largest managers increased 10% to $4.01 trillion in 2016 as growth in commitments to private equity, real estate, and credit more than offset a decline in hedge funds. Approximately 8% of these assets are invested in Asia Pacific.
Private equity funds accounted for $695 billion, up from $640.2 billion in 2015, while PE fund-of-funds increased from $419.7 billion to $492 billion, according to a survey conducted by Willis Towers Watson....
The government of Shenzhen, China has launched a VC fund with an initial corpus of RMB500 million ($79 million) to invest in blockchain start-ups in the city.
Sequoia Capital China and Serica Partners have co-led an $11 million Series A round for US-based molecular diagnostics start-up NuProbe.
Shenzhen Capital has joined a $30 million Series C round for US-based 3D printing company Formlabs that will support an expansion effort in China and Asia.