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26 October 2012

Lightspeed leads $7m Series B for Dhingana

Lightspeed Venture Partners has led a $7m financing round for Indian social music streaming service Dhingana.

26 October 2012

Japan’s DCM makes 6x return on Pokelabo exit

Pokelabo - AltAssets Private Equity News Japanese venture capital firm DCM has made a six-times return on its investment in mobile game developer Pokelabo through a $175m sale to GREE, the California-based social gaming network

25 October 2012

MBK’s Woongjin Coway purchase revived during court hearing

MBK Partners’ $1.1bn deal for a 30 per cent stake in South Korea’s Woongjin Coway could be back on despite the company filing for receivership last month.

25 October 2012

KKR opens office in Singapore amid fundraising for $6bn Asia vehicle

Global buyout giant KKR has opened an office in Singapore, representing the firm’s seventh office in Asia and better positioning it for deals in the region as it raises its second Asia-focused fund.

25 October 2012

Fidelity India Capital to buy $75m stake in Trivitron Healthcare

trivitron_sq The Indian private equity arm of global financial services giant Fidelity is reported to be close to buying a 35 to 40 per cent stake in healthcare equipment maker Trivitron for INR4bn ($75m).

25 October 2012

Carlyle nearing first SE Asia deal with Indonesia telecom investment

Global buyout house Carlyle is said to be nearing its first South East Asian investment with the purchase of a 25 per cent stake in an Indonesian telecom tower operator.

25 October 2012

New Silk Route co-founder jailed for two years for insider trading

Rajat Gupta New Silk Route - AltAssets Private Equity News New Silk Route co-founder Rajat Gupta has been jailed for two years for insider trading - a much more lenient sentence than demanded by prosecutors.

25 October 2012

China permits offshore yuan to be invested in private equity

China is reported to have permitted foreign investors to buy stakes in unlisted businesses in the country with offshore yuan in a bid to encourage international use of its currency.

24 October 2012

L Capital Asia ups stake in Jimmy Choo distributor Genesis

genesis_sq The Asian private equity arm of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH is reported to have invested a further INR750m ($14m) in a second round of funding for Genesis Luxury Fashion, an Indian distributor of upmarket brands including Jimmy Choo and Paul Smith.

24 October 2012

Japanese government plans $500m pharmaceutical research fund

The Japanese government is planning to launch a venture capital fund to back research into drugs targeting diseases such as cancer, hepatitis and diabetes.

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