We’re actively scouting for companies in Asia, says Simin Zhou of UL Ventures

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UL Ventures targets investments in digital manufacturing, autonomous systems, smart cities, digital health and cyber security.

Malaysian pension fund EPF to hit $250b AUM in 2-5 years, says incoming CEO

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Alizakri Alias is set to assume the top position on August 20.


Lack of competing small buyout funds helps pick underpriced deals, says Altair’s Gary Ng

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Polaris Capital Group-backed Altair Capital, which recently hit the first close for its $150 million maiden ASEAN fund, remains confident that the lower-end mid-market presents significant opportunities, with very few firms being active in this space. 


LPs can bring more to the table in Asia as managers are new: Tsai, Hermes GPE

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“The whole thesis for PE has changed. It used to be that private equity is cheaper than public markets, therefore, there is an arbitrage opportunity. This is no longer really the primary thesis anymore – it is no longer about access to capital, and it is more about having to be patient, and having the ability to hold out for a long period of time,” Tsai said.


Finding money is not an issue, finding great ideas is, says Qualgro’s Heang Chhor

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Chhor outlines why he’s optimistic about SEA startups & his plans for B2B tech companies.


Clear company vision key to successful growth stage fundraising, says Sociolla’s Indiana

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The startup is the first publicly announced portfolio company of EV Growth, a new fund established by East Ventures, Sinar Mas Digital Ventures and Yahoo Japan’s YJ Capital.


Asia’s higher growth demands a premium: Ritu Arora, Allianz IM

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Arora said the Asian market is suited to foster the adoption of certain technologies and services due to its ability to provide a critical mass of users very quickly and this thesis led to Allianz recently acquiring a stake in Indonesian ride-hailing major Go-Jek.


Improving regulation offers best opportunities in SE Asia: Real Capital Analytics’ APAC MD

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Governments and regulators have a pivotal role to play in shaping the real estate investment market in Southeast Asia, according to David Green-Morgan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Real Capital Analytics.


Big exits could entice global Indonesian talent to return home, says UangTeman’s Makmuri

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UangTeman’s new CTOO and former Silicon Valley professional Sukan Makmuri has previously held executive positions in O2O startup Kudo and online portal Kaskus.


LPs now more sophisticated, seek more info and value for money: Simmons & Simmons JWS

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Simmons & Simmons JWS partners Long Jek-Aun and Damian Adams shed light on trends related to M&A activity, LP-GP dynamics, private equity’s tilt towards technology investments and the exit scenario for investors in Southeast Asia.