Softbank-backed WeWork to debut in Japan with three locations


WeWork Japan is a joint venture equally split between the New York-based shared-office provider and SoftBank.

Carlyle targets first-close of new Asia buyout fund at over $4b

This is part of a planned $5-billion Asia buyout fund, its biggest capital-raising exercise for the region.

Japan’s Kuraray to buy US-based Calgon Carbon for $1.1b

It plans to complete the debt-funded acquisition within the year.

Japanese brewer Asahi ready to spend “billions of dollars” on acquisitions

In Asia, global firms are closely watching Vietnam’s plan to sell majority stake in beer makers Sabeco and Habeco.

Australia: ASX-listed iCandy Interactive to back $20m Nitro gaming ICO

iCandy Interactive will be the first corporate globally to back the ICO of Nitro digital tokens

US data analytics platform TigerGraph raises $31m from Baidu, Qiming, Ant, others

The Series A round also coincides with TigerGraph’s emergence from stealth mode, when it was known as GraphSQL. 

Google buys Taiwan HTC smatphone assets for $1.1b in devices push

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking on HTC employees including teams that’ve worked on its signature Pixel smartphone. 

Valu, the startup in Japan, that lets anyone hold a personal IPO

Officials at Japan’s Financial Services Agency said the trading of Valu’s tokens wouldn’t fall under securities regulations.

Mining billionaire Agarwal to boost Anglo stake by up to $2b

Agarwal said the purchase was a family investment and he doesn’t intend to make a takeover offer.

Australia’s CBA to sell life insurance unit to AIA Group for $3.05b

CBA is also considering IPO for its asset management business.