News Digest: HKEx CEO watching LSE deal; IBM to sell $150m Lenovo shares; C R Pharma’s IPO mandate

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In market-related news across Asian region, Hong Kong Exchange CEO said he was watching the LSE deal closely while IBM reported that it will sell shares worth $150 million in China’s Lenovo Group. HKEx CEO Li watching LSE-Deutsche Boerse deal closely Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) is keeping a… Read more »

VC Roundup: Japan’s Mercari joins unicorn club; Israeli startup Deep Optics gets $4m; Kuaifawu closes $10m round

In significant venture capital fundraising in the Asian region, Japan’s buying and selling app for second-hand goods has become the country’s first pre-IPO startup unicorn after it raised $74 million at the valuation of over $1 billion. Meanwhile Israeli focal glasses startup Deep Optics has raised $4 million in its Series… Read more »


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