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The demand for microfinancing in Asia is high, according to Bamboo Finance. But some investors remain cautious because the niche is not yet well established.
Distressed fundraising totals in Asia doubled last year, recording the highest amount raised since 2006 as interest in the region's distressed vehicles increases.
The $967m sale of plastic equipment maker Mold-Masters has delivered a good exit for the UK-listed firm, after a subdued 2012 – and it hopes there are more to come.
The Brahmal Vasudevan-led firm has acquired Repco Home Finance for $13.7m in its second deal this year.
Vikram Uttam Singh has left the firm, to be succeeded by current head of transaction services Vikram Hosangady.
Singapore has inked a double tax agreement with the European fund domicile in an attempt to pull in more Asian private equity funds.
Fundraising by pan-emerging markets and Asia regional funds has overtaken that of country-focused India and China vehicles, according to data from EMPEA.
The Australian mid-market firm has sold its investment in metal manufacturer Locker Group, its third exit in six months.
Funds of funds HarbourVest Partners and Axiom Asia are the main investors in Credit Suisse spin-out Asia Growth Capital Advisors.
3i's driving force in the region, Anil Ahuja, has left the UK-based private equity firm, which last year closed offices and refocused in key Asian markets.

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