India's Lighthouse seeks $425m for Fund IV, gets NIIF commitment
Lighthouse Funds is targeting INR 35bn (USD 425m) for its fourth India fund and has signed up the country’s National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) as an anchor LP.
Singapore's Lighthouse Canton hits first close on venture debt fund
Singapore Lighthouse Canton has reached a first close of USD 20m on its first venture debt fund, which will target Southeast Asia and India. The target is USD 100m.
ADB backs Quadria's third health fund
Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed USD 25m to the third fund from Singapore-based Quadria Capital, a healthcare-focused private equity firm.
4Q analysis: Who wants China?
Pan-regional GPs get traction by highlighting their Asia ex-China credentials; buyouts rebound as growth capital – and China – continue to recede; India impresses with bumper exit proceeds
Profile: Elevation Equity Partners’ Gordon Cho
Negotiating a spinout while troubled by health issues tested Gordon Cho’s faith and resilience. He feels stronger for the experience and is now looking to make his mark on Korea’s middle market
Labour shortages: Tales from north and south
Australia and Japan are facing extreme labour shortages. In the former, GPs can survive on policy support and emergency manoeuvres. In the latter, fundamental strategy shifts are a more immediate imperative
CVC hits USD 3.5bn first close on sixth Asia fund
CVC Capital Partners achieved a first close of USD 3.5bn on its sixth pan-Asian fund at the end of last year.
TR hits $350m first close on fifth Asia secondaries fund - update
TR Capital, an Asia-focused private equity secondaries investor, has reached a first close of USD 350m on its fifth fund, which has an overall target of USD 600m.
LPs want more transparency in Asia GP relationships
LPs are willing to back first-time managers and reengage with China, but they want to see more from GPs in return for taking these risks, the Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association’s (HKVCA) Asia Forum heard.
India's IIFL Asset Management merges with Truscale
India-based alternative investment manager IIFL Asset Management (IIFL AM) has agreed to take ownership of TrueScale Capital, a venture growth firm established by Sameer Nath, formerly of Iron Pillar.
PAG's Shan emphasizes diversity, control in Asia private equity
Momentum has shifted towards geographically diversified pan-regional investors, control deals, and private markets following a decade dominated by China-centric funds, growth-stage technology plays, and public equities, Weijian Shan, chairman and CEO...
India's Avataar hires partner from Alpha Wave Global
Avataar Venture Partners, an India-based investor in growth-stage B2B technology and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, has recruited Anirudh Singh from Alpha Wave Global as a partner.
GP profile: LeapFrog Investments
LeapFrog Investments is broadly recognised as a pioneer of impact investing globally as well as an architect of the industry’s legitimising standards and controls. Asia has always been core
Asia buyouts: The case for control
Investors are looking to minimise external financial and macro risks and emphasise factors they can control – which means more buyouts, careful asset selection, and greater operational intensity
Allen & Overy adds fund formation partner in Shanghai
Allen & Overy has strengthened its Asia Pacific funds and asset management group with the appointment of Daisy Qi as a partner based in Shanghai.
China's CIC becomes largest state-owned investor - report
China Investment Corporation (CIC) surpassed Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and Norway’s Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to become the world’s largest state-owned investor in 2022, according to Global SWF Tracker.
AC, Indies sign up to Malaysia government tech drive
Indonesia-focused AC Ventures and Indies Capital have agreed to support a Malaysian tech investment programme led by government VC unit Penjana Kapital.
Northstar hits first close on Southeast Asia VC fund
Southeast Asia-focused private equity firm Northstar Group has reached a first close of USD 90m on its first venture capital fund. The overall target is USD 150m.
Hong Kong's VMS appoints PE head
Hong Kong-based multi-strategy alternatives asset manager VMS Group has appointed Jianming Zou, formerly of New Horizon Capital, as head of private equity.
Australia's PEP ups target for latest secure assets fund
Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has increased the target for its second Australia and New Zealand-focused secure assets fund to AUD 1.4bn (USD 949m), while pursuing a deal that would round off Fund I and fall into Fund II.
Australia’s Heal Partners closes debut fund on $137m
Australia’s Heal Partners, a health, education, and lifestyle-focused venture capital firm, has closed its first fund on AUD 200m (USD 137m). The target was AUD 100m.
US regulator gets access to Chinese audits
The threat of delisting that has haunted Chinese companies that trade on US exchanges appears to have receded after the US regulators announced they had gained full access to the audits of these companies for the first time.
Campbell Lutyens recruits Suvir Varma as Asia chairman
Suvir Varma, formerly head of Bain & Company’s financial investor practice in Asia Pacific, has been appointed chairman for Asia Pacific at placement agent Campbell Lutyens.
PAG closes fifth credit fund on $2.6bn
PAG has closed its fifth pan-Asian private credit fund at the hard cap with USD 2.6bn. It is said to be the largest direct lending fund raised in the region to date.