Asia PE-VC Summit 2019: Private equity firms spot big promise in early-stage bets

Nick Nash (left), co-founder & managing partner, Asia Partners, moderates the session “PEs enter VC territory to capture early deals in SE Asia”, with panelists (second from left) Jeffrey Perlman, managing director & head of Southeast, Warburg Pincus; Jackson Chiam, director, Apis Partners; Tak Wai Chung, head of Southeast Asia, EQT Partners; and Bert Kwan, managing director, Northstar Group. DSA Photo

Private equity (PE) firms, which typically make late-stage investments, are increasingly foraying into the ‘venture space’ and doling out smaller cheques to emerging businesses in Southeast Asia.

“We’re very comfortable writing a cheque of $30 million, $40 million, $50 million, as long as you have a clear path to put meaningful capital into that opportunity,” said Warburg Pincus managing director and Southeast Asia head Jeffrey Perlman at DealStreetAsia’s Asia PE-VC Summit 2019 held in Singapore.

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