Sharp to invest $1b in SoftBank fund

Japan: Sharp to invest $1b in SoftBank’s $100b tech fund

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Foxconn, Apple & Qualcomm to also invest in tech fund.

Prostar Capital, BlackRock acquire Seoul-based Kyungnam Energy

Private equity firm Prostar Capital together with BlackRock Infrastructure Solutions Group on Thursday announced the acquisition of Seoul-based Kyungnam Energy Co. Ltd.  Prostar, that invests in midstream energy infrastructure, acquired 95 per cent shares in Kyungnam Energy from the existing controlling stakeholders, said a press statement. The investment was made via a consortium comprising… Read more »


KeepTruckin secures $18m funding as Silicon Valley eyes trucking industry

Venture capitalists have poured $18 million into a startup that is helping to digitize the long-haul trucking industry, the latest sign that Silicon Valley is eager to take a piece of a $700 billion-a-year sector that has long relied on pencil and paper. San Francisco-based startup KeepTruckin said on Thursday… Read more »


Innovation Network Corp of Japan, likely Toshiba chip unit investor, to raise $2.7b

A Japanese state-backed fund plans to sell nearly a fifth of shares in chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp – worth $2.7 billion at current prices – bolstering its coffers amid expectations it is planning to invest in Toshiba’s chip unit. Although the fund, the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ), has… Read more »


People: JP Morgan gets new Australia CEO; Falcon Private Bank replaces two board members

J P Morgan’s Australia CEO Rob Priestly is leaving the bank after a 15-year stint while Falcon Private Bank has replaced two of its Abu Dhabi representatives. JP Morgan gets new Australia CEO J P Morgan’s Australia CEO Rob Priestly is leaving the bank after a long innings of 15 years… Read more »


SoftBank running out of patience as Intelsat debt offer extended

SoftBank Group Corp. says it is unwilling to pay more for Intelsat SA


Fairfax Media grants due diligence to rival private equity bidders

Australian newspaper publisher Fairfax Media Ltd on Thursday said it would grant due diligence access to two rival private equity bidders after U.S. buyout firm Hellman & Friedman made a surprise takeover proposal of as much as A$2.87 billion ($2.13 billion). The non-binding cash offer from Hellman & Friedman values… Read more »


Honeywell launches $100m venture fund, targeting aerospace vertical

The aerospace business is Honeywell’s biggest by revenue.


S Korea: MBK Partners sells 5% in Korean water purifier firm Coway for $340m

The firm had abandoned a plan for complete exit from Coway last year


Saudi sale of the century lures foreign investment banks, PE firms

Riyadh aimed to raise around $200 billion over several years.