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GREE Ventures closes second fund at $67m, targets 30 investments across Japan, SEA, India

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India is a new addition to target markets for GREE Ventures.

Japan’s SBI, others invest 26.3m euros in Germany’s solarisBank

Japanese financial conglomerate SBIHoldings Inc and a subsidiary of German media company Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA have backed Berlin-based solarisBank AG, a fully licensed startup bank that enables businesses to offer digital financial services to their customers, solarisBank executives said on Monday. They said the bank has raised 26.3… Read more »

KKR’s Calsonic deal breaks buyout drought, shows Asia opportunities

KKR & Co. is back in the business of public-to-private buyouts. The New York-based investment firm on Tuesday announced a $4.5 billion purchase of Japanese auto-parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp., marking its first leveraged buyout of a publicly traded company since it snapped up Goodpack Ltd. of Singapore in May 2014…. Read more »

Alibaba cloud arm set for centre stage as e-commerce plateaus

It’s not the e-commerce business that’ll command the most attention when Alibaba Group Holding Ltd posts earnings Wednesday. It’s the nascent cloud computing division that investors will scrutinize instead. China’s largest Internet company reports just a week before Katy Perry and other stars headline a launch party for the annual… Read more »