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Silicon Valley GPs are urging international LPs to back their larger growth funds in lieu of VC offerings due to capacity constraints, Masashi Kataoka, head of the $350bn insurer’s venture unit, tells PEI.
Masayoshi Son SoftBank
The SoftBank chief had received permission for a similar programme in Vision Fund 1 – a plan that was scrapped after colleagues pulled out.
MSA received a fundraising boost last year with the appointment Chris Lerner, former head of Asia at placement agent Eaton Partners, as a managing partner.
The country’s venture capital market is maturing as investment volumes rise and sentiment around innovation continues to evolve.
Tony Morgan CDC
PEI caught up with Tony Morgan, head of private equity and corporate debt at CDC Group, to discuss the firm’s expansion into South Asian and African venture capital.
Chris Lerner joined MSA Capital in October after nearly a decade at Eaton Partners, where he led the origination and execution of fundraises, secondaries and strategic advisory.
Changing consumer attitudes have been driving innovation in the sector and providing an expanding list of opportunities for VC.
Monica Adractas, head of venture capital funds, gives an exclusive tour of the Canadian pension investor’s $1bn programme.
Betting on unicorns
Although HNWIs have not been precluded from acquiring positions in pre-IPO businesses via the secondaries market, the process can be complex and fraught with risk.
Under the hood
Hong Kong-based CLSA is seeking up to $100m from the likes of HNWIs and wealth managers to build a portfolio of pre-IPO tech unicorns, sister title Secondaries Investor understands.

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