Affirma hits first close on renminbi fund
Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Affirma Capital has reached a first close of approximately CNY 1.5bn (USD 215m) on its debut renminbi-denominated fund.
Hong Kong vs Singapore: No zero-sum game
Pandemic-related restrictions have dented confidence in Hong Kong as a private equity hub, while Singapore is on a roll. But gains for one don’t necessarily translate into losses for the other
Affirma joins $40m round for India air conditioning supplier
Affirma Capital has joined a USD 40m investment in India’s Epack Durable, a leading domestic designer and manufacturer of air conditioning units among other home appliances.
Korea: A good time to be different?
Macroeconomic uncertainty and liquidity risk are pushing Korean private equity firms to think beyond buyouts, double down on operational capabilities, and consider all their exit options
Affirma leads $217m investment in Korean digital insurer
Affirma Capital has led a KRW 300bn (USD 217m) funding round – at a valuation of KRW 1trn – for Carrot General Insurance, a South Korea-based digital insurer.
Affirma supports Korea's NPX in Terapin Studios deal
Affirma Capital has confirmed a USD 38m investment in Terapin Studios, a US-based media platform controlled by Korea’s NPX Capital focused on bringing Korean digital comics to global markets.
SE Asia exits set for near-term turbulence, long-term strength - AVCJ Forum
Private equity exits will remain challenging this year as buyers and sellers drift further apart on pricing, investors told the AVCJ Southeast Asia Forum, although their long-term outlook for liquidity in the region remains reasonably bullish.
Affirma targets Korea private debt, secondaries
Affirma Capital is expanding its Korean coverage with the launch of dedicated private debt and secondaries businesses following a relaxation in local regulations.
Deal focus: Affirma sees promise in Asia e-scooters
Affirma Capital has led a USD 93m Series B round for Singapore-based e-scooter provider Beam, citing its ability to internationalise a locally-focused and increasingly popular business model
Affirma buys Singapore preschool chain
Affirma Capital has acquired Singaporean premium preschool operator Little Paddington for an undisclosed sum.
Portfolio: Affirma and Sunwoo Fresh
Affirma Capital is helping Korea’s Sunwoo Fresh discover new revenue streams overseas, online, and in adjacent links of the beef importing value chain. Aggressive M&A has accelerated the process
Vietnam's MoMo secures $200m Series E
Mizuho Bank has led a $200 million Series E round for MoMo, a Vietnam-based mobile wallet provider, at a valuation of more than $2 billion.
Affirma achieves $473m final close on fifth Korea fund
Affirma Capital has closed its fifth Korea-focused fund with KRW543 billion ($473 million) in commitments, marking its first successful fundraise since spinning out from Standard Chartered.
SPACs: Longer menu
As the US recovers from a glut in SPAC fundraising, Asian jurisdictions are launching their own regimes. Not every start-up is a good fit for New York. Is Singapore or Hong Kong a good fit for them?
Affirma backs India's Belstar Microfinance
Affirma Capital has contributed INR3 billion ($40.8 million) to a INR3.5 billion funding round for India’s Belstar Microfinance, supported by existing investors Muthoot Finance and Maj Invest.
Affirma invests $100m in Korea cloud services provider
Affirma Capital has secured a third deal for its latest Korea fund, with an agreement to invest $100 million in Metanet T Platform, a local cloud managed service provider (MSP).
Affirma invests $77m in Korean steelmakers
Affirma Capital has acquired a majority stake in two steel manufacturing subsidiaries of Korea-based industrial conglomerate SeAH Group for $76.9 million.
Vietnam middle market: Room for maneuver
There is a perceived sweet spot in Vietnam where check sizes are too big for local GPs and too small for pan-regionals. Taking advantage means addressing structural nuances and strategic competition
Affirma hits first close on Korea fund, backs SK mapping spinout
Affirma Capital has reached a first close of KRW443 billion ($403 million) on its fifth Korea-focused fund, while simultaneously announcing a $181 million investment in SK Telecom’s mobility business.
Asia-Middle East: Bridge builders
Back-and-forth investment and business building between Asia and the Middle East is a fertile theme for private equity. Such activity appears set to steadily increase rather than boom
Q&A: Affirma Capital's Ivo Philipps
Affirma Capital came into being 18 months ago as Standard Chartered’s private equity team spun out with most of the remaining balance sheet assets. COO Ivo Philipps explains the middle and back office transition
AVCJ Awards 2020: Exit of the Year - Mid Cap: EMC Holdings
Taking full ownership of EMC Holdings wasn’t on Affirma Capital’s agenda, but it performed a successful pivot when the business started moving in the wrong direction
Warburg Pincus, Goodwater lead Series D for Vietnam's MoMo
MoMo, a Vietnam-based mobile wallet provider, has closed a Series D round of more than $100 million led by Goodwater Capital and Warburg Pincus.
Deal focus: Affirma’s decade-long water turnaround
Having assumed full ownership of EMC Holdings in 2016, Affirma Capital rejuvenated the Korean wastewater management business through savvy acquisitions and encouraging management to get creative