Consumer sector leaders in emerging markets make compelling investment bets: Partners Group

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Institutionalized companies that have been able to capture market leadership in the consumer segments “present compelling investment opportunities.”

Mekong-focused Belt Road Capital injects $1.8m in Digital Classified Group for SEA push

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APAC Digest: Simble to list on ASX; Shoof raises $4.3m; TEPCO invests in Electron

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Japan’s SBI Investment to raise $451m for new fund focused on AI, blockchain

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Japanese app Mercari expects $1.8b in valuation for its Tokyo listing in June

The listing had initially be slated for 2017 but was delayed.


SoftBank is now Uber’s largest shareholder as deal closes

Investors will take 17.5% in Uber with SoftBank keeping 15%, triggering a number of governance changes at Uber.


Goldman PE veteran Mehra said to seek more than $750m for new buyout firm

He helped start Goldman’s PE practice in 1990 and was co-head of the Americas PE business before stepping down from his job as vice chairman of the global PE unit in 2016.


After Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley clearing bitcoin futures now

The firm also convenes a regular meeting of executives to consider how else to engage with cryptocurrencies, its CFO said.


Encrypted messenger Telegram targets $2b in biggest ICO ever

Telegram is seeking $850 million in a private sale of tokens to large investors this month and $1.15 billion in a subsequent public ICO in March.