High investor FOMO about P2P lending in SE Asia: Funding Societies co-founder Kelvin Teo

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The startup had planned to raise much less but higher investor demand led to a bigger round.

Funding Societies co-founder Kelvin Teo

SE Asia to embrace agritech first, foodtech later, says Sirius Venture’s Eugene Wong

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SE Asia can also tap into the clean food space by exploring opportunities in agritech.


In India, LPs’ journey from notebook to cheque book won’t happen in a hurry: Hajarnavis, Sealink Capital

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Founded by former Goldman Sachs and KKR executive Heramb Hajarnavis, SeaLink Capital recently closed its maiden fund at $315m.


Sweden’s EQT Partners eyes deeper Asia play with new mid-market fund

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The firm set up a JV last year with Temasek to scout for infrastructure deals.


Actis to tap SE Asian markets with second green energy platform Sprng

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In India’s largest clean energy deal, ReNew Power Ventures acquired Ostro from Actis in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.


Mandiri Capital Indonesia looks beyond home ground to fund startups

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It is now looking to source startups outside Indonesia, with Singapore the most likely target.


Avalanche of capital waiting to come to India: Puneet Bhatia, TPG Capital

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“Out of the $24 billion that came into India last year, almost two-thirds went into secondary deals.”


India centrepiece of CDPQ’s globalisation strategy, says CEO Michael Sabia

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Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), which has been investing in India’s financial services, logistics, real estate, energy and renewable sectors, is now exploring investment opportunities in consumer and healthcare sectors.


Sinar Mas’ VC arm SMDV to focus on Series A-B stages, says managing partner Purwana

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It recently formed a JV with East Ventures and Yahoo Japan to make Series B investments.


PE funds exercising cautious optimism to avoid repeating past mistakes in India: IFC’s Keitel

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“Overall for India, the macro is better: the rupee is more stable, the current account deficit and inflation are more under control, and the Modi effect is still there and the government is delivering. Given the size and complexity of India, it is quite remarkable as to what has already happened – the bankruptcy law, GST – these all provide positive stimulus for the industry. People are re-discovering their faith in the India story – politically, the regulatory environment and the investment opportunity,” Ralph Keitel, Regional Lead for PE funds in East Asia and Pacific, IFC, said.