Private equity major exiting out of Shriram Finance

Apax Partners is rumoured to sell its entire stake in Shriram Finance through block deal in secondary market on January 13, 2023. Apax currently holds 4.63% stake in the Company. This is in lieu of the 16.73% that it held in Shriram City Union Finance (SCUF) as on September 30, 2022. Subsequently, SCUF had merged … Read more

Unicorns become ‘cockroaches’ as tech funding dries up

For years, becoming a unicorn was the main goal of startups. Now, with venture funding drying up and many young firms’ survival in doubt, another creature is the talk of the town: the cockroach.   Venture capitalists and technology chieftains converged in Singapore in recent weeks to hobnob over a number of high-profile annual conferences, … Read more

Blackstone to sell $400 mn stake in REIT Embassy, ADIA eyes investment

Blackstone will sell a stake worth up to $400 million in Embassy Office Parks REIT, the country’s biggest real estate investment trust, via stock exchange block deals, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, one of the world’s largest, is likely to pick up at least half of the … Read more

upGrad raises $210 mn funding, eyes acquisitions in US, Southeast Asia

Ronnie Screwvala-led edtech unicorn upGrad said it has raised a funding of $210 million from marquee investors and Family Offices who join the company cap-table. This round has witnessed participation from ETS Global (world’s largest TOEFL & GRE Test Leader), Bodhi Tree (a JV of James Murdoch & Uday Shankar), Singapore’s Kaizen Management Advisors Pvt. … Read more

Why It Could Take Years for Startup Valuations to Stop Plunging

The plunge in startup valuations could last years, say VCs at the firm Redpoint Ventures. The situation is similar to the dot-com bust after the 1999’s tech boom, they say. But one big difference from two decades ago is the record piles of cash VCs are sitting on now. Venture capitalists were partying like it … Read more

Buy low, sell high not sustainable PE strategy: Blackstone’s Dixit

India’s private equity market has turned so competitive that simply ‘buying low’ and ‘selling high’ is no longer a sustainable strategy for an investment company, said Amit Dixit, head of Asia, private equity, Blackstone. “(Instead) what’s really sustainable is you buy what you can build or rather, do not buy what you cannot build, and … Read more

Saudi Arabia transfers Aramco shares worth $80 billion to wealth fund

The transfer of a 4% stake in state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Aramco, will support the Public Investment Fund’s plan to grow its assets under management to over $1 trillion by 2025, from about $480 billion currently, the Saudi government said Sunday. The Saudi government, which will remain the largest shareholder in Aramco … Read more

Industrial B2B startup Moglix’s valuation tops $2.6 bn with $250 mn funding

Moglix, the industrial business-to-business startup for manufacturing, has raised $250 million in its latest Series F funding round, at a valuation of $2.6 billion. This investment was led by Tiger Global and Alpha Wave Global with Hong Kong based-investment firm Ward Ferry coming on board as a new investor.   In 2019, Moglix was the … Read more