MAS names sustainability head; Malaysia’s EPF appoints COO and CFO; GIC PE head for SEA leaves; State Super hires new exec; Hesta appoints chief growth officer, chief Debby Blakey appointed to corporate governance board; ex-BlackRock exec joins IQ-EQ in Singapore; HSBC AM builds direct real estate team; ex-Vanguard head of distribution joins LGIM; Sanne names Singapore head; and more
On the occasion Mittal comments: ôIndia historically has had a strong cultural bias for innovation, and now with proven technical talent and a strong local market, we believe the time is ripe for entrepreneurship to flourish. We are ready to provide first rounds of institutional capital and are already receiving many interesting business proposalsö.
It is perhaps noteworthy that India is CanaanÆs second overseas office in a 19 year existence. The firm which was founded in 1987 has $2.4 billion under management and has invested in 232 companies, completed 60 mergers and acquisitions and taken more then 50 companies public. Its first move outside the US was an office it set up in Tel Aviv in December, 2005.
CanaanÆs bullishness on India is further corroborated by KamraÆs statement that the India office could eventually rival the size of the Silicon Valley operation. When Canaan opened its office in Israel it had made only 3 investments in companies headquartered outside the US. One of these was Aztec Software, a software development firm based in Bangalore in which Canaan invested in 2000. Canaan has said in the past that China is also of interest to them however has chosen to begin overseas forays with Israel and India.
Going forward Canaan will be scouting out early and mid stage investments, an area which they feel has less competition in India where most private equity firms are focused on late stage. Canaan was an early stage investor in successful US based internet companies such as DoubleClick, CommerceOne, Match.com and Blue Frog Mobile and is confident of its ability to identify and grow similar opportunities in India.
The AU$85 billion ($61.6 billion) Australian super fund has some exposure to indebted property developer Evergrande. Meanwhile, China’s construction finance is part of its core strategy in real estate.
Investors are seeing the risks, but also the opportunities of the logistics sector. Warehousing their fears for the moment, they can see it's a good conduit to high-growth assets.
Insto roundup: GPIF staff say J-Reits more attractive than traditional assets; Hong Kong's strict Spac criteria
EISS Super hit by another scandal; China's CSRC launches consultation on disclosure requirements for new BSE securities; Hong Kong issues consultation paper on Spacs; New World Development partners with China Taiping to focus on Greater Bay Area projects; GPIF employees say Japanese Reits have grown more attractive; Taiwan's BLF invites bid for $1.7 billion mandate; and more
SGX’s new framework for Spacs will likely provide investors with a much-needed channel for direct deals, but the verdict is still out on whether it will bring liquidity to the bourse.