Affinity recruits Australia head, re-hires executive from Quadrant
Affinity Equity Partners has strengthened its coverage of Australia and New Zealand with the recruitment of Nick Speer from The Riverside Company as a partner and local team leader and the rehiring of Mark Chudek from Quadrant Private Equity.
Bain pursues buyout of Australia's Estia Health
Bain Capital has offered to acquire Australia-listed aged care provider Estia Health for AUD 775.1m (USD 517.4m).
China’s JD Industrials completes $300m Series B
JD Industrials, a one-stop industrial products e-commerce platform under China’s JD.com has completed a USD 300m Series B round led by Abu Dhabi investors Mubadala and 42XFund.
JIP wins board approval for $15b Toshiba buyout
The board of Toshiba Corporation has approved a tender offer from Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) that values the company at approximately JPY 2trn (USD 15.3bn).
Portfolio Advisors raises $1bn for global fund-of-funds
Portfolio Advisors has closed its latest global multi-strategy fund-of-funds – which allows LPs to customise allocations across several key areas – with commitments of just over USD 1bn.
CDH leads Series B for China RPA player 1data
1Data, a China-based robotic process automation (RPA) company, has raised close to CNY 200m (USD 29.2m) in Series B funding led by CDH Investments.
Polaris picks up Japan advertising, recruitment assets
Polaris Capital Group has acquired Sendenkaigi, which claims to be Japan’s leading publisher of marketing and communications-related content, as well as its recruitment-focused subsidiary.
Global PE sees fundraising, performance contraction - McKinsey
Global private equity fundraising contracted 15% in 2022 as McKinsey & Company’s latest private markets annual review painted a bleak picture of the asset class, noting that one-year performance entered negative territory for the first time since 2008.
Indonesia’s Kredivo raises $270m Series D
Indonesian consumer credit company Kredivo, formerly known as FinAccel, has completed a USD 270m Series D round led by Mizuho Bank, which provided USD 125m.
Accenture buys India's VC-backed Flutura
Flutura, an India-headquartered provider of artificial intelligence-enabled (AI) analytics services to industrial customers, has been acquired by Accenture. The deal facilitates an exit for several VC investors, including Vertex Ventures.
Samsung backs Korea autonomous delivery start-up
Samsung Venture Investment has invested in Korea’s Neubility, a robot maker aiming to “automate urban sidewalks” via autonomous rolling boxes capable of on-demand deliveries.
China pool cleaning robot start-up gets $29m angel round
GL Ventures, Shunwei Capital, and Source Code Capital have participated in a CNY 200m (USD 29m) angel round for Xingmai Innovation, a China-based developer of robots that clean swimming pools.
Altos, Mirae Asset re-up Korea's Kream in $39m round
Altos Ventures and Mirae Asset Capital have each made their third investment in the past 18 months in Korean e-commerce player Kream, with the latest round amounting to KRW 50.6bn (USD 38.8m).
BPEA EQT seeks financing for Vistra, Tricor merger
BPEA EQT is pushing ahead with the merger of Asia-headquartered corporate services providers Vistra Group and Tricor Group, having initiated discussions on pricing a USD 1.66bn financing package.
DEG leads round for Indonesian mRNA vaccine developer
German development finance organisation DEG has contributed USD 8m as the lead investor in a new funding round for Etana Biotechnologies Indonesia, supported by Yunfeng Capital, HighLight Capital, and East Ventures.
China energy storage player Weview raises $87m
Weview, a China-based battery manufacturer, has raised a Series A of CNY 600m (USD 87m) led by two state-backed investors - Guohe Xinli, which is a fund under the State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) and Zhuhai-based Da Heng Qin Group.
Singapore electronics marketplace Reebelo extends Series A to $50m
Singapore electronics marketplace Reebelo has lifted its Series A round to USD 50m with a USD 29m commitment led by Cathay Innovation.
Malaysia's Khazanah launches start-up programme
Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has launched a VC collaboration and start-up investment programme with an initial MYR 180m (USD 40m).
Asia PE compensation set for downward adjustment in 2023
Compensation for private equity professionals at most levels of seniority in Asia Pacific continued its upward trend in 2022 despite a weaker economic outlook and a slowdown in deal flow, but executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles expects some kind...
Partners Group hires Greater China fundraisers
Partners Group has added fundraising bandwidth in Greater China, recruiting Jin Wang as a managing director responsible for institutional coverage and making two private wealth hires.
Australia's Potentia wins majority shareholder approval for Nitro bid
Potentia Capital has secured support from more than half of Nitro Software’s shareholders for a take-private bid that values the listed Australian company at up to approximately AUD 552m (USD 370m).
Lighthouse hits $200m first close on fourth India fund
Lighthouse Funds has reached a first close of approximately USD 200m on its fourth India mid-market fund – four months after returning nearly the entire Fund III corpus through an exit from beauty e-commerce platform Nykaa.
China generative AI player LangBoat gets pre-Series A
LangBoat, a China-based generative artificial intelligence (AI) company, has raised a pre-Series A round led by Beijing Zhongguangcun Science City. Eight Roads and Sinovation Ventures re-upped.
Japan's Aspirant announces third exit in three weeks
Aspirant Group has sold Japan’s only offshore drilling contractor, Japan Drilling (JDC), to JX Nippon Oil Exploration Corporation for an undisclosed sum, marking its third exit in as many weeks.