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...
Pine Labs, an India payments start-up backed by MasterCard, PayPal, and Sequoia Capital India, has acquired Fave, a Malaysian counterpart also backed by Sequoia India, for $45 million.
Southeast Asia-focused ride hailing and local services platform Grab has agreed to go public in the US through a merger with a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) at an enterprise valuation of $30.4 billion.
Lever VC, a Hong Kong-based food tech investor, has achieved a fourth close of $46 million on its debut fund, claiming 2.3x growth in the value of the portfolio since 2019.