Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has reached a first close of A$600 million ($433 million) on its secure assets fund, which invests in companies in Australia and New Zealand that generate annuity income but also offer opportunities for traditional private equity-style operational improvement.
The vehicle was launched earlier this year with a target of A$750 million and a hard cap of A$1 billion. The first investment came in May with the acquisition of Origin Energy’s Acumen smart meters...
Ascendent Capital Partners has joined Xuan Ruiguo, the chairman and founder of Hong Kong-listed industrial control systems maker China Automation Group, in a take-private offer that values the company at HK$1.5 billion ($197 million).
Australian investment firm Leap Capital has raised A$50 million ($34 million) for a venture debt fund that will target established, revenue-generating companies locally.
Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group, a Chinese drug developer that counts Hillhouse Capital and Boyu Capital among its investors, has raised HK$7.86 billion ($1 billion) through a Hong Kong IPO.
Fidelity International has announced plans to spin-out its proprietary investment arm Eight Roads within the year pending regulatory and shareholder approvals.