Our scoops this week included merger talks between e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak and Alibaba-backed Lazada in Indonesia.
Tokyo looks to close SoftBank’s billions-saving tax route
India Digest: OYO’s portal for travel agents; Paytm to launch ad platform
Editor’s Take: The week that was – October 14-18
India’s Cipla buys novel anti-infective drug Elores from Venus Remedies
India: L&T to acquire partner in L&T IDPL, make it fully-owned arm
Singapore’s Temasek mulls setting up new renewables-focused unit
Bukalapak said to have held merger talks with Alibaba-backed Lazada
Indonesian edtech startup Zenius eyes $20m funding, in talks with Northstar
Ant Financial-backed BAce leads Series A funding in Indonesian proptech startup RoomMe
Singapore: Insignia Ventures Partners raises $200m for second fund
The top deck appointments come at a time when the troubled company restructures its operations.
A potential sale could value Paradise Group at as much as S$500 million ($367 million).
HarbourVest Partners has appointed Warwick Mancini as principal while M&G Investments has appointed its head of Asia business.
Curiox plans to pursue an IPO on the Korean stock exchange, KOSDAQ, in the next 36 months.
IPOs & Markets
REITs are proving popular among yield-hungry investors in Asia as central-bank easing has sent interest rates to rock bottom across the globe.
Deep tech investments jumped 25% to $305.2 million across 76 deals from January to September this year.
Temasek was said to have decided against investing in Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering, in part over environmental concerns.
Thai accounting platform Plizz has raised $300k in a seed funding round from Singapore-based venture capital firm REAPRA.
Keppel Pacific Oak US REIT plans to launch a private placement to raise up to $73.10 million to fund the purchase of an office complex in Texas.
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