Hong Kong’s PAG said to seek as much as $6b for latest Asia PE fund

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Hong Kong-based PAG is planning a new Asia private equity fund, adding to a massive pool of private equity money readied for acquisitions in the region, six people with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.

PAG aims to raise as much as $6 billion with the new fund, its third and largest to date, two of the people said. The firm raised $3.6 billion with its second Asian fund in 2016.

PAG has not yet formalised the fund size or the fundraising schedule, they said, adding that the plan is subject to change.

A spokesman for PAG said the information is incorrect without elaborating. He declined to comment further. The people declined to be identified as the fundraising plan was confidential.

Joining a slew of global and regional private equity firms that have raised record-level funds for investments in Asia or cross-border deals, PAG started sounding out investors in recent weeks, according to the people.

Trade publication AVCJ first reported the fundraising plan earlier on Friday, saying PAG’s target was $4.5 billion.

PAG’s regional peers such as Hillhouse Capital Group, Baring Private Equity Asia and Primavera Capital are all currently raising money for their own private equity funds, people with knowledge of the activities have told Reuters.

Founded in 2002 by Weijian Shan, a well-respected Chinese dealmaker who has previously worked at TPG Capital and JPMorgan Chase & Co, PAG now manages more than $20 billion in capital.

Reuters

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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).

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

  • 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.