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21 October 2011

Abraaj plans South East Asian mining spree

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital reportedly plans to invest part of a $2bn buy-out fund in South East Asian natural resources, according to Bloomberg.

21 October 2011

KKR plans to expand into Hong Kong

Global private equity firm KKR is planning to expand into Hong Kong in an effort to focus its $2bn special situations fund on an expected downturn in the Chinese economy.

21 October 2011

Bain completes $2.1bn Skylark restaurant deal

Global private equity firm Bain Capital has clinched Japan’s largest buy-out since the Lehman shock following its agreement to buy the Skylark restaurant chain for ¥128bn ($2.1bn) in equity.

21 October 2011

Advantage, Bain, Olympus in line for Yayoi

Global buy-out firms Advantage Partners, Bain Capital and Olympus Capital are through to a second round of bidding for Japanese accounting software developer Yayoi, in a sale which is expected to raise more than $650m, according to Reuters.

19 October 2011

Northstar raises $820m for third Indonesia fund

Northstar, the Indonesian buy-out subsidiary of private equity giant TPG Capital, has raised $820m for its third fund, nearly three times the size of all funds raised in Indonesia last year.

18 October 2011

KKR, MBK eye $326m Samsung procurement arm

Global buy-out firm KKR and Asia’s MBK Partners are among a list of potential buyers bidding for a controlling stake in iMarketKorea, the procurement management arm of South Korean electronics giant Samsung.

18 October 2011

Macquarie, SBI partner for Indian infrastructure fund

Australian asset manager Macquarie and State Bank of India are planning to raise between $1bn and $1.5bn for a fund which will primarily invest in infrastructure assets and businesses in India.

18 October 2011

IFC leads $50m round for venture-backed Sunpreme

Solar cell manufacturer Sunpreme has closed over $50m in financing led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group, joining existing investors including Silicon Valley-based Capricorn Investment Group and Beijing-based Tsing Capital, through its China Environment Fund III.

17 October 2011

Carlyle, Yunfeng invest in China’s GDC Tech

Global private equity firm Carlyle has led a consortium of investors in the acquisition of an 80 per cent stake in GDC Technology, Asia’s largest manufacturer of digital screens for cinemas.

17 October 2011

Legend leads $30m round for China’s Happy Elements

The venture capital arm of Chinese investment giant Legend Holdings has led a $30m Series B financing round for global social gaming developer Happy Elements.

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