The last couple of weeks have been relatively slow as the industry shakes off the summer doldrums. We are now beginning to see more activity on the deal-making front, as well as a few interesting fund launches such as Chang Sun’s new China agribusiness venture. I would like to take this opportunity to make a couple of announcements, which I think are quite relevant to what is happening in the market.
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Japan’s Mitsui & Co. and Nomura Holdings have agreed to acquire 100% of New Forests, an Australia-headquartered sustainable real assets investment manager focused on forestry, land management, and conservation.
Openspace Ventures has participated in a USD 23.5m Series B funding round for Freshket, a Thailand-based farm-to-table agricultural supply chain start-up.
Coins, a Philippines-based financial technology provider focused on blockchain-enabled payment services, has received a USD 30m investment led by Ribbit Captial.
Coatue Management and Insight Partners have led a USD 300m Series D round for Indonesian payments infrastructure platform Xendit.