Of Ant Financial’s lofty valuations and Temasek’s loftier hopes

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Temasek is in talks to lead a funding round that could value the Alibaba Group-backed company at $150 billion.

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Amazon looks set to take the lead in India, with or without Flipkart

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Amazon’s talks with Flipkart suggest it wants to avoid a long-drawn battle with Walmart.


Guest post: Alibaba is joining the (reignited) ride-hailing war in China

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Amap.com, an Alibaba portfolio company, has announced that it would introduce “hitchhiking“ service, allowing commuters to find a ride pretty much the same way as they have been using ride-hailing apps such as Didi.


PE firms face heated competition from Asian tech investors like SoftBank, Tencent

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Tencent just wants to expand its WeChat messaging platform while Alibaba is on a mission to grow its own ecosystem.


As Uber retreats from Southeast Asia, its grip on India, too, looks slippery

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In India, once again, SoftBank is the largest investor in Uber’s main rival, Ola.


Guest post: Will Alibaba replace more people at Lazada?

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Putting Lucy Peng in charge shows the emphasis, determination, and probably urgency, in making Lazada work for the Chinese firm.


Asia could be top destination for cash-heavy private equity firms

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Previously reluctant to relinquish control, Asian company owners are increasingly seeing the benefit of bringing in an outsider.


Private equity bets on Vietnam’s growing pool of wealth

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The maximum stake allowed to any single entity in a Vietnamese bank is only 15 percent; total foreign equity is capped at 30 percent.


Masa Son is on a spring cleaning mission but what about Yahoo Japan?

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SoftBank is looking to IPO its domestic telecom unit and is offering to pay bondholders who agree to a covenant change that would make it easier to list it.


China’s tech giants may still shy away from plans to bring them home

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For large Chinese firms, a CDR would mean bowing to the demands of CSRC, a regulator known to change the rules, and open and close the IPO market at will.