SG Dealbook: Updates from New Silkroutes, Hiap Seng & Fidmi Medical

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New Silkroutes Capital has exited its asset management arm while Hiap Seng Engineering has invested in a sub-contractor and Fidmi Medical has closed an investment from Braun.

New Silkroutes Capital exits asset management arm

New Silkroutes Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Silkroutes Group (NSG), has offloaded its 28.41 per cent interest in New Silkroutes Asset Management (NSAM) for a cash consideration S$800,000 in a management buyout by CEO Terence Ong Sea Eng, a former UOB banker.

NSAM, founded in 2016 as a JV between China’s Nanshan Group and Ong, who initially held a 30% interest each, with Fuji Capital holding a 10 per cent stake. Its purpose was to develop private equity funds focusing on healthcare and infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region.

Hiap Seng Engineering invests in subcontractor

Hiap Seng Engineering is investing S$1.02 million in its scaffolding subcontractor through its wholly-owned subsidiary Hiap Seng-Sanko. The target firm is ProEn Scaffold, founded by Quek Hung Ling. The investment will make ProEn an indirect subsidiary of Hiap Seng Engineering.

Hiap Seng provides integrated services in relation to mechanical engineering, plant fabrication and installation and plant maintenance to the oil and gas, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries in Singapore, Asia Pacific and other regions.

The deal will see them subscribe to 1.02 million new ProEn shares at $1 each, with Quek also subscribing to 930,000 new ProEn shares by capitalising $930,000. This was part of his outstanding loan to ProEn.

ProEn was incorporated on 1 December 2013 and is in the business of designing, erecting, modifying and dismantling scaffolds and related consultancy services.

Fidmi Medical secures $2m from Braun

Fidmi Medical, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group, has closed a $2 million investment from B. Braun Melsungen AG.

Funds from the investment will be used to complete clinical trials of a new enteral feeding device Fidmi has developed.

Enteral feeding is common in people unable to receive nutrition and medication orally. “The investment by B. Braun affirms their confidence in the company and its achievements. We’re excited to have begun human trials and soon bring our product to a market eagerly awaiting better solutions,” says Fidmi CEO, Shahar Millis.

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

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  • 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. 
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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.