Amazon leads $700m funding round for electric truck maker Rivian


As its e-commerce business and Prime fast-delivery service have grown, Amazon has sought out ways to boost its own delivery capacity and reduce reliance on shipping partners.

Kuwait’s COFE app secures $3.2m in pre-Series A funding

COFE app connects coffee house chains and independent roasters with consumers  via an app.

Japan’s Takeda Pharma to raise $4.5b in biggest bond issue ever

Takeda plans to use the proceeds from the planned bond sale to substitute for all or a part of a 500 billion yen loan commitment.

Bridgestone’s $1.8b share buyback joins spree of Japanese deals

The Tokyo-based tiremaker said Friday it will purchase as much as 7.6 percent of its own shares, which have fallen 14 percent over the past year.

Lyft to pitch fast US growth to investors in IPO race with Uber

Lyft is under pressure to sell investors on its prospects as it races neck-and-neck with Uber to an IPO that could take place in the second quarter of 2019.

NZ’s Direct Capital takes minority stake in retirement village operator Qestral

Qestral’s portfolio includes two villages in Christchurch and sites in Nelson and Hamilton where village planning and development is underway.

Blackstone to buy stake in Taubman’s Asia retail assets for $480m

Blackstone is making the investment through its Core+ real estate investment unit, which targets substantially stabilised office, logistics, residential and retail assets.

UK-based CDC Group extends $15m loan to Nepal’s NMB Bank

The financing marks CDC’s first direct investment in Nepal and the second debt investment in the Nepalese banking sector.

Japanese jewelry retailer Primo’s PE owner explores IPO options

While an IPO is currently the preferred option, Longreach could still opt to sell the business to another private equity firm or a rival retailer.

Saudi Aramco picks JPMorgan, Citi, others for SABIC debt financing

The state oil giant has picked a group of banks including JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Citi and HSBC. JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley are working as joint global coordinators.