SoYoung, a Chinese online marketplace focusing on cosmetic surgery, has raised $70 million in Series E funding led by Orchid Asia. There was additional participation from Matrix Partners China, BOC International, and the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF).
RCIF’s involvement is seen by SoYoung as an endorsement by the “national team” – a reference to the vehicle’s two government-linked backers, the Russian Direct Investment Fund and China Investment...
Kalihulian - a China-based digital logistics platform that offers an Uber-style service for cargo freight - has raised RMB100 million ($14 million) in Series A funding led by Sino-Ocean Capital, an investment arm of property developer Sino-Ocean Group.
Neuron Mobility, a Singapore-based e-scooter company, has secured a $18.5 million Series A round led by Australia’s Square Peg Capital and US-based GSR Ventures.
Vertex Ventures, a VC arm of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, has received commitments of $180 million from Japanese investors for a fund-of-funds that will support its global portfolio of VC vehicles.
Private markets investors in Asia have outperformed their developed markets peers in four out of the last six years in terms of IRR, with the once substantial gap in median distributions also narrowing, according to analysis by Hamilton Lane.