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CITIC Capital Close of Second Japan Buyout Fund and Two New Investments

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According to the press release, “CITIC Capital Partners, the private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (“CITIC Capital”), today announces the successful closing of its second Japan buyout fund CITIC Capital Japan Partners II, L.P. (“CCJP II”) and the closing of two new investments, Higashiyama Film Co. Ltd. and Tri-Wall K.K. CCJP II has secured total capital commitments of over JPY18 billion. Similar to its predecessor fund, CCJP II targets buyouts of middle-market Japanese companies, particularly those with substantial operations or growth potential in China.

Mr. Yichen ZHANG, Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Capital, stated: ‘We are delighted by the strong support we have received from both existing and new investors. We believe their support is a validation of the tremendous investment opportunity which exists to assist outstanding Japanese companies in their international expansion, particularly to China. We look forward to continuing to build our Japan franchise and to delivering strong China value-added to our first two investments in this new fund.'”

Read more: CITIC Capital Press Release

DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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