Masayoshi Son

Elon Musk, Masayoshi Son talked in 2017 about SoftBank investing in Tesla


Son and Musk met in April 2017 to discuss an investment in Tesla. The talks touched on taking Tesla private, but failed to progress due to disagreements over ownership.

Russian car-sharing firm Yandex.Drive buys fuel delivery service Toplivo

Toplivo v Bak, which translates as “Fuel to the Tank”, will help Yandex.Drive improve the fuelling of its growing car fleet

Bahrain-based PE Investcorp eyes direct investments in China, India

The PE player seeks to widen its investment focus to Asia.

Australia’s Quadrant, Carnarvon hail ‘incredible’ oil find in sector ripe for M&A

Private equity firms are expected to drive a wave of merger activity in Australia’s oil and gas sector

Mubadala’s frenetic dealmaking dwarfs Middle East peers

Since the start of 2017, it’s completed 31 deals with more in the works. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund completed 16 deals and boycott-hit Qatar Investment Authority did 19.

Tokyo Marine Capital to sell its entire stake in Izumi Products

Post the deal, Izumi will a consolidated subsidiary of Maxell Holdings.

Otto’s Lior Ron returns to Uber to head ride-hailing giant’s freight division

Ron is returning to Uber following a months-long, behind-the-scenes negotiation to rework the terms of Uber’s deal to acquire Otto Trucking.

Musk considers taking Tesla private, valuing company at $82b

The announcement, made initially via Twitter, followed news that Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had built a less than 5% stake in Tesla worth about $2 billion.

SoftBank said to weigh major investment in robot pizza startup Zume

The planned investment shows SoftBank’s broader ambitions to attach itself to the food-delivery businesses. Earlier this year, it led a $535-million funding round into meal-delivery app DoorDash. It also owns a 15% stake in Uber, which says its last mile meal-delivery business, UberEats, is growing quickly.

Japan’s accounting startup freee bags $60m funding from Line, others

The company said the fresh funding will be used to fuel its continued growth and accelerate its efforts to build a platform for small businesses.