Ex-Carlyle SE Asia head to grow CIMB Group’s private equity wing


The Carlyle Group South East Asia head who stepped down in February after a four-and-a-half year barren spell in the region has joined CIMB Group, it is understood.

Anand Balasubrahmanyan will be responsible for the Malaysian bank’s private equity products according to Reuters, which said the firm is expanding its investment banking business after buying Asian operations from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Former Morgan Stanley investment banker Balasubrahmanyan’s departure from Carlyle meant the firm’s lack of deals in the region now stretches to ten years under three different heads.

CIMB has added a private equity page to its website, but it currently contains no information.

Carlyle is still searching for its first Asia-based investment, most recently being linked with a minority stake in WNS Holdings, the Mumbai-based business process outsourcing (BPO) company backed by private equity heavyweight Warburg Pincus.

Warburg Pincus is understood to have initiated fresh talks to sell a 29 per cent stake in the New York-listed BPO business after shelving a planned sale in 2009.

The firm is also said to be eyeing the purchase of a 25 per cent stake in Indonesian telecom tower operator Solusi Tunas Pratama.

The firm is hoping to pick up the share in the publically-traded company for about $100m.

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