Japan’s GREE Ventures closes first round for $60m fund, adds India to targeted markets

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GREE Ventures, the $100 million venture capital arm of Japan’s gaming group GREE Inc, announced on Thursday the first close of its new AT-II Investment Limited Partnership Fund (AT-II) with approximately $37 million in committed capital, dedicated to Japan, Southeast Asia and new market India.

Australia’s APN and Fairfax in talks on NZ merger

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