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This week, Private
Equity International reported on CLSA
Capital Partners’ first investment in Japan’s education sector,
where it sees tutoring businesses thriving. The investment was made from the
firm’s $210 million buyout vehicle, Sunrise Capital II, which is targeting
Japanese mid-cap companies with strong growth potential.
PEI’s Research & Analytics team have taken a look at
managers raising closed-ended private equity vehicles focused exclusively on
Japan, to discover who the biggest players are and how much they have gathered
to invest into the country.
The Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) heads fundraising with
$1.5 billion collected since 2010 – the result of the close of just one vehicle
in 2013, the Competitive Enhancement Fund, which aimed to enhance corporate
value by making mezzanine loans to Japanese companies.
Both The Carlyle Group and Japan Industrial Solutions have
also raised more than $1 billion to invest into the country since 2010,
garnering $1.07 billion and $1.02 billion respectively. Carlyle Japan Partners
III, CJP Co-investment II B and Japan Industrial Solutions Fund I all closed in
Domestic fund managers, such as CLSA, dominate the top ten,
reflecting how active they have been in targeting Japan’s mid-market where almost
four million small to medium-sized enterprises provide investment opportunities
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