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Three Observations on ASEAN E-Commerce

E-commerce in Southeast Asia is hot. It is also extremely complicated and fragmented, with no clear winner in sight, yet. I offer a few brief thoughts, from the perspective of someone native to Southeast Asia but who has spent the better part of 15 years in the United States, Australia, Western Europe and Latin America.…

Top 5 Asian Venture Capital Rounds in 2014

Having already briefly analzyed the top five private equity deals in Asia in 2014, I thought it apposite to do the same for the top five venture capital financing rounds in Asia in 2014. Now, I should emphasize that my familiarity with venture capital is somewhat less extensive than my…

Top 5 Asian Private Equity Deals in 2014

In 2014, Asia saw a number of high profile and large buyouts, take-privates, and venture capital financing rounds, including the $2.9 billion take-private of Giant Interactive Group (巨人网络集团有限公司) in July 2014 and the much more widely covered $1.1 billion…

Control Deals in Asian Private Equity

Historically, private equity in Asia (excluding Japan) has been the provenance of growth capital investments, usually in the form of minority interests in founder-led, fast-growing companies in developing economies such as China or India. Control deals—buyouts and leveraged…

China Private Equity Due Diligence: A Primer

Conducting due diligence on private equity transactions in China is an occasion to quote the immortal words of Dorothy Gale, Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more. And indeed, the experience seems almost to resemble that of either Dorothy Gale…

2014 Retrospective on Private Equity in Asia

Private equity had a fascinating year in 2014. It was a year for raising new funds, with many of the most well-known global and regional private equity sponsors raising new funds. It was also a year with significant developments in venture capital and seed stage funds in Asia. And there were a number of significant exits by private equity sponsors.…