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9 May 2012

GSR, Oak ink $30m financing for LED light provider SunSun

GSR Ventures and Oak Investment Partners have joined existing angel investors in a $30m financing for LED lighting solutions company SunSun Lighting.

8 May 2012

India to halve capital gains tax for private equity investors

india-bangalore_sq India will go ahead with plans to halve the long-term capital gains tax it charges private equity firms for unlisted or off-market security trades from 20 per cent to ten per cent, the country’s finance ministry said in a statement released this week.

8 May 2012

TPG, Hony lose out in race for Japan’s Elpida Memory

A consortium comprising TPG Capital and China’s Hony Capital have lost out in the race for Elpida Memory after Micron Technology entered exclusive talks to buy the bankrupt Japanese chipmaker.

8 May 2012

Buyer group could pull out of MBK’s $2.4bn China Network Systems sale

South Korean buyout heavyweight MBK Partners’ sale of its Taiwanese cable TV business hit another hurdle this week after its buyer said it may pull out of the deal after incurring losses of over $300m from delays in the regulatory approval.

8 May 2012

China fund ruling marks setback for foreign private equity firms

China's top economic-planning agency has said that all capital in a renminbi-denominated investment fund must be sourced from local Chinese investors or will be treated as foreign, marking a severe setback for foreign private equity funds.

5 May 2012

Eight Capital Mezzanine and Special Situations Fund still fundraising

india sunset 5_sq Mumbai-based private equity firm Eight Capital is on the road for its $250m Mezzanine and Special Situations Fund. The fund will provide mezzanine capital to mid-cap high growth companies in India, aiming to capitalise on the country’s high interest rates and exposure to high growth businesses. To date the firm has built a portfolio of[...]

5 May 2012

Aktis Capital seeking $821bn for Chongqing Tourism Development Fund

seasia_150 Asia-focused investment firm Aktis Capital Group is seeking RMB5bn ($821m) for its Chongqing Tourism Development Fund which was launched in March 2012. The fund, which was established in co-operation with the Chongqing Tourism Bureau and the Chongqing Financial Affairs Office, is seeking to build a portfolio of tourism projects in Western China, including those previously[...]

1 May 2012

Hony Capital, TPG to chop Elpida’s Hiroshama plant if picked as winning bid

chip-board5_lrg China’s Hony Capital is planning to sell or outsource Elpida Memory’s Hiroshima-based memory plant if the consortium it is leading is chosen to buy the ailing business.

1 May 2012

Hong Kong Exchange Fund doubles private equity investment

The fund that manages Hong Kong's foreign-exchange reserves doubled its investment in private equity and real estate last year in an effort to diversify its portfolio away from investments in underperforming global equity markets.

1 May 2012

IFC to invest $26m in venture-backed Kiran Energy solar projects

Private equity-backed Kiran Energy is in line to receive a $26m loan for portfolio company Mahindra Solar One (MSO) from the International Finance Corporation.

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