Japan's Jafco launches buybacks to thwart activist threat
Japanese venture capital firm Jafco has announced a JPY 42bn (USD 305m) share buyback programme that will take out positions held by investors with ties to activist investor Yoshiaki Murakami.
Jafco outlined the plan in a presentation that also pledged to reduce the percentage balance sheet commitment to new funds, improve capital efficiency, and promote growth strategies by enhancing investment...
Co-Stone leads $43m round for China biosynthesis player
Co-Stone Capital Management has led a CNY 300m (USD 43m) Series B round for Readline, a Shenzhen-based company that specialises in synthetic biology.
Australia’s Heal Partners closes debut fund on $137m
Australia’s Heal Partners, a health, education, and lifestyle-focused venture capital firm, has closed its first fund on AUD 200m (USD 137m). The target was AUD 100m.
US regulator gets access to Chinese audits
The threat of delisting that has haunted Chinese companies that trade on US exchanges appears to have receded after the US regulators announced they had gained full access to the audits of these companies for the first time.