China’s Legend Star closes fourth RMB fund at $119m

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Legend Star, an early-stage focused investment firm set up by Lenovo Holdings, has closed its fourth RMB-denominated fund at 800 million yuan ($119 million) in September, per its announcement on Monday.   

The fund received 25 per cent of the corpus from its parent company Lenovo Holdings while the rest was secured from tech funds of funds (FOFs), state-owned groups and private-owned enterprises.

Nearly 90 per cent of its existing limited partners, who invested in the predecessor, has re-upped in the latest vehicle, Legend Star said on WeChat. 

Legend Star will target investments in early-stage startups in advanced technology, healthcare and TMT sectors. Within tech, it looks at sub-sectors such as robotics, digital transformation of traditional industries, biotech, medical equipment, semiconductors, culture and entertainment, among others.

The latest fund has already made 16 investments as of September 30, 2020. Legend Star had along with other investors recently backed the 100 million yuan ($14 million) Series A round for Beijing-based biotech firm QL Biopharm. 

Legend Star manages as many as seven RMB funds amounting to 3.5 billion yuan ($522 million). It has so far invested in over 300 startups. Some of its previous investments include chip developer Picocom, digital finance manager Credit Life, internet security service provider Lanxiang Zhilian, biotech firm HELP Therapeutics, and Changmugu.  

Legend Star had raised a similar-sized third RMB fund, as its successor, back in 2018 from a slew of investors including the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holdings, VMS Investment, CreditEase and Hony Horizon Fund. 

Other recent RMB funds that hit their closing include Source Code Capital that raised its fourth RMB fund at 3.8 billion yuan ($567 million) and Legend Capital’s Fund VIII at a hard cap of $500 million.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.

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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.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.