Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has reached a first close of just over A$2 billion ($1.4 billion) on its sixth Australia and New Zealand-focused buyout fund, with the hard cap set at A$2.5 billion.
The first close came at the end of May, according to sources familiar with the situation. The firm is said to have outlined fundraising plans to LPs at its annual general meeting towards the end of last...
Exits remain challenging in Southeast Asian private equity, but LPs see a growing willingness among the region’s GPs to take this difficulty into account when planning their investments.
Alibaba Group has led a $150 million Series D round of funding for Knowbox, a Chinese education start-up that develops a range of mobile apps aimed at students and teachers.
EBay has acquired a 5.5% stake in Paytm Mall, the e-commerce arm of Indian online payments platform Paytm.
Switzerland-based private equity firm Vaalon Capital and Netherlands investor IFSD BV have provided a combined $15 million to Indian financial and enterprise services provider MyMoneyMantra (MMM).