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3 July 2012

Hi Mart shareholders refuse to extend talks with South Korea’s MBK

korea-10_sq Shareholders in Hi-mart Co have rejected a request by South Korean buyout fund MBK Partners to extend exclusivity talks to buy a controlling stake in the local electronics retailer, leaving the firm open to a rival offer from Lotte Shopping Co.

2 July 2012

New Chinese secondaries platform to help LPs as IPO slump continues

Investors in China stuck amid the sluggish IPO market have a new option for exiting their assets in the form of a new secondaries trading platform.

2 July 2012

Asian shopping mall giant launches $1bn private equity fund

CapitaMalls Asia has launched a $1bn private equity fund aimed at developing shopping malls and retail properties in China.

2 July 2012

China to allow asset managers to invest in private equity

China is planning to allow asset management firms to invest in private equity with funds from their special-asset management divisions, a move the country hopes will encourage private investment in unlisted companies’ stocks and debt.

2 July 2012

RHJ International to close Tokyo office

RHJ International, the Brussels-listed holding company of US buyout firm Ripplewood Holdings, is closing its office in Tokyo in a bid to shift away from private equity investments and focus on managing a financial institution.

29 June 2012

EQT prepares third Greater China fund $

EQT has begun pre-marketing its third Greater China fund, a vehicle the Nordic private equity major will use to invest in anti-cyclical businesses in the world’s second largest economy, a source familiar with the matter told AltAssets.

29 June 2012

Standard Chartered PE buys $23m stake in Karaikal Port

port-sunset_sq The private equity arm of Standard Chartered has bought a minority stake in Karaikal Port, a newly developed shipping gateway on the East Coast of India that is being developed by Indian infrastructure company Marg.

29 June 2012

TA Associates to buy $93m stake in Indian healthcare BPO Omega

news_redcross_lrg Global private equity firm TA Associates is said to be buying a majority stake in healthcare focused-BPO Omega Healthcare Management Services for INR5.3bn ($93m).

29 June 2012

Ant Capital China arm, Translink invest in mobile ad platform Adwo

Chinese mobile advertising platform Adwo has closed a $12m Series B financing round led by Silicon Valley venture firm Translink Capital and Vangoo Investment Partners, the Greater China-focused investment arm of Ant Capital Partners.

29 June 2012

Abax reaches $364m deal to take Fushi Copperweld private

copper-conductor_sq Hong Kong-based alternative asset manager Abax Global Capital has reached a deal to take Nasdaq-listed Chinese wire maker Fushi Copperweld private, in a transaction valued at $363.8m.

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