HK-based FountainVest Partners closes $2.1b China-focussed PE fund

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Leading pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and other institutions from North America, Europe, Australia, Middle East and Asia continue to be the primary backers for FountainVest. Led by Frank Tang, a former Goldman Sachs banker, the China-focused private equity firm closed its previous fund at $1.35 billion in 2012.

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