China: GenBridge Capital seals $500m debut fund target

Chinese 100 yuan banknotes and a U.S. one dollar banknote are seen in this file picture illustration taken in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

Cayman Islands-based Genbridge Capital has achieved its debut fund target raising $500 million hard-cap, backed by limited partners GIC Private Ltd, Asia Alternatives Management, and International Finance Corp (IFC), a source familiar with the deal told DEALSTREETASIA.

Other investors include several groups from North America, Europe, and Asia.

Founded by former members of JD.com’s M&A group ― Bin Chang, Sidney Huang, Hui Li and Xinzhao Zhang ― they served as general partners in GenBridge Capital Fund I LP, which is a China consumer-focused mid-market fund.

The fund was launched last year and has already invested in a China-based fresh food retailer.

IFC last September announced that it is willing to invest up to $25 million in the fund. It disclosed the proposed pipeline of the fund consists of consumer goods distribution, retail and internet technology development.

IFC was even reported to expect to have a seat on the fund’s advisory committee, to able to provide guidance on fund management.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.