HarbourVest opens Australia office
HarbourVest Partners has opened an office in Sydney on the back of claimed recent success in cultivating institutional and private wealth clients in Australia and New Zealand.
Deal focus: Morse Micro takes Wi-Fi to the next level
Australia’s Main Sequence Ventures plans to make Morse Micro one of the few Wi-Fi chipmakers in an easy-to-imagine future where more reliable, long-range device connectivity surges in demand
Australia's Telstra Ventures raises $336m for latest global fund
Australia’s Telstra Ventures has closed its third global fund on AUD 500m (USD 336m), beating a target of AUD 400m. Fund II closed on AUD 675m in 2018 and added a USD 50m sidecar the following year.
Blackbird leads $23m Series B for Australia’s Sonder
Australia’s Blackbird Ventures has led a AUD 35m (USD 23.4m) Series B round for Sonder, a staff and student management app focused on wellbeing and safety.
Australian GPs sell food businesses to PAG
PAG has acquired Australia-based Patties Foods and Vesco Foods, facilitating exits for Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) and Catalyst Investment Managers, respectively.
Quadrant completes exit from Australia's Peter Warren Auto
Quadrant Private Equity has completed its exit from Australian car dealership Peter Warren Automotive Holdings - which it took public last year - through a AUD 50m (USD 34m) block trade.
Deal focus: Anchorage exits rail player, launches Fund IV
Australia-based Anchorage Capital Partners has extended a string of exits with the sale of a local rail industry player, while going to market seeking AUD 500m (USD 339m) for its fourth fund
Australia's Morse Micro gets $95m Series B
Morse Micro, an Australian fabless semiconductor developer specialising in long-range, low-power Wi-Fi for internet of things (IoT) devices, has raised AUD 140m (USD 95m) in Series B funding.
ICI signals growing climate agenda in Asia PE
Initative Climat International (ICI), a private equity community dedicated to stemming global warming, has launched an Asia Pacific chapter, signalling a growing regional commitment to climate issues.
Deal financing: Homegrown solutions
Private equity firms are relying more heavily on Asia-based debt investors to support leveraged buyouts amid a loan logjam in the US, highlighting the region’s innovation and durability
Anchorage exits Australia rail operator
Australia’s Anchorage Capital Partners has sold local rail operator Rail First Asset Management for AUD 425m (USD 290m) to Dutch GP DIF Capital Partners and Amber Infrastructure of the UK.
Australia branding platform Outfit acquired by US strategic
Australia’s Outfit, a VC-backed brand management business, has been acquired by Smartsheet, a New York-listed enterprise workflow management platform for an undisclosed sum.
Allegro makes partial exit from Australian retailer Best & Less
Allegro Funds has completed another partial exit from Australian baby and kids retailer Best & Less, generating proceeds of AUD 29.7m (USD 20.2m) through a block trade.
Potentia, HarbourVest move for Australia's Nitro Software
Australia-listed productivity software provider Nitro Software has rejected a AUD 386m (USD 263m) buyout offer from Potentia Capital and HarbourVest Partners.
Anchorage buys New Zealand assets from Evolve Education
Australia-based turnaround investor Anchorage Capital Partners has agreed to buy the New Zealand business of childcare provider Evolve Education for an enterprise value of NZD 46m (USD 28.1m).
Australia's Ramsay Health Care rebuffs revised KKR buyout offer
Australia-listed hospital operator Ramsay Health Care has rejected an alternative buyout proposal from a KKR-led consortium after progress with the initial bid was slowed by the need to conduct due diligence on Ramsay Santé, the company’s separate...
GPs exit Australian quantity surveyor to management
The management team of Australia-based quantity surveyor BMT Tax Depreciation has assumed control of the business, ending a seven-year holding period for private equity backers CHAMP Ventures and Yorkway Equity Partners.
Carlyle forms Australia, New Zealand private credit joint venture
The Carlyle Group has broadened its Asia private credit coverage through the establishment of a joint venture with Australia-based credit investor and corporate advisory firm Amicaa.
Australia's PEP buys traffic management business
Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has acquired a majority stake in Altus Group, which claims to be Australia’s largest provider of traffic management services.
NZ Super, ACC exit Kiwibank via $1.3b NZ government buyout
New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super) and Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have exited state-owned Kiwibank at an implied valuation of NZD 2.1bn (USD 1.3bn).
Denham, Nexif sell Australia, SE Asia energy assets for $1b
Resources-focused GP Denham Capital and power infrastructure company Nexif have agreed to sell jointly held energy assets across Australia and Southeast Asia at an enterprise value of USD 1bn.
Energy transition case study: The Arnott’s Group
Having acquired Australian snacks producer The Arnott’s Group under its long-dated strategy, KKR hopes to make an enduring impact on sustainable sourcing and energy conservation
Alternative fuels: Burning questions
From the landfill to the inside of atoms, the alternative fuels angle on energy transition gives investors a range of risk profiles to consider. Developed economies are the primary playgrounds
Asia renewables: Building out
A surge in renewable energy development is expected in the wake of most Asian jurisdictions making net-zero commitments. Investors are bullish on the macro picture but cautious on the detail