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Venture Capital: PE and VC Firms Turn to Asia for Deals

Carlyle Group (NYSE: CG) announced this week that they had raised 2.3 billion for its fourth Japanese buyout fund, Carlyle Japan Partners IV. The fund will invest in upper mid-market investment opportunities in Japan across Consumer, Retail, and Healthcare, General Industries and Technology, Media, and Telecom. They will also look to make equity investments in larger companies on an opportunistic basis, according to the Carlyle press release announcing the deal.

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Melvin: Hedge Fund Tiger Cubs Still Bullish on Chewy, But Why?
December 20, 2019

Is Chewy a good stock to buy? Not according to David Einhorn. In his 2nd quarter shareholder letter, the Greenlight Capital manager talked disparagingly about Chewy (CHWY), the online pet products…

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Artificial Intelligence: Walmart’s Cutting Edge Use of AI and Machine Learning in Retail
December 20, 2019

Walmart straddles both brick-and-mortar and online, giving it a unique tech perspective. In new applications, Walmart uses machine learning, barcode technology, facial recognition, IoT, and RFID to enhance the shopping…

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Artificial Intelligence: AI Makes Steady Inroads Into the US Economy
December 19, 2019

Stanford University’s latest report, AI Index, provides useful insights into the progress of AI. According to the report, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and India experienced the fastest growth in AI…

CB Insights Notes Record CVC Investment in Fintech
December 19, 2019

According to a report released Tuesday, financial services companies have pumped $8 billion across 329 Fintech deals during 2019. Roughly 50% of those capital injections have come from banks, while…

Warburg Pincus’ Jeffrey Perlman Bullish on Vietnam
December 19, 2019

Jeffrey Perlman of Warburg Pincus is bullish on Vietnam and worried about companies with a high cash-burn rate. In an interview with DealStreetAsia, the Warburg managing director outlined his views…

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Alternative Investments: Biotech ETFs Suffer from Political Posturing on Drug Prices
December 19, 2019

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), the largest biotech-related ETF, has been losing ground since Monday. The ETF is locked inside a downward channel and is making lower-highs and…

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Dealbook: Private Equity Fundraising to Drop in 2020
December 19, 2019

Private equity fundraising is set to decline next year, according to Pitchbook. In a report, the research firm projected that PE capital raising would slow down in the European and…

SAP Spinoff Venture Capital Group Raises $1.4 Billion for New Opportunities
December 19, 2019

Sapphire Ventures has raised $1.4 billion for growth investments, an outlet that will also provide $150 million to boost larger deals. The group, which spun out of SAP, has traditionally…

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Former Hedge Fund Manager Stanley Druckenmiller Has Regrets
December 19, 2019

The Duquesne Family Office finally hit double-digit returns last week, according to Stanley Druckenmiller. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, the former hedge fund manager said he “couldn’t have been…

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Digital Assets: Malta-based Digital Asset Exchange OKEx Launches Options Trading
December 19, 2019

Malta-based Digital Asset Exchange OKEx Launches Options Trading. With the launch of options trading, OKEx becomes the first crypto exchange to offer crypto-to-crypto (C2C), Scott, futures, perpetual swap, and options…

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