CLSA China JV Aims to Close US$1.5 Bln Fund in Sept

By David Lin, Edmund Klamann

Brokerage CLSA's China asset management joint venture plans to close a 10 billion yuan (US$1.5 billion) new energy- and new materials-focused fund and begin investing around September, the chairman of its local partner said.

"We haven't finished raising funds, so I can't really say yet, but I have full confidence," Shi Derong, chairman of state-owned Shanghai Guosheng Group Co, said on Saturday when asked about the progress of fund-raising efforts.

The equally owned Shanghai-based venture, Guosheng CLSA (Shanghai) Industrial Investment Management Co Ltd, was announced last August by the two companies and will manage the fund, which will also invest in the wholesaling/retailing and heavy machinery sectors.

Private equity firms Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) and Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group also unveiled plans last August for yuan-denominated funds, aiming to expand investments in China.

China has pledged to develop yuan-denominated funds to reduce companies' dependence on bank financing while aiming to build Shanghai into an international financial hub by 2020. ($1=6.828 Yuan)


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