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Auda this World

As CEO of Auda International, Dr. Ernest Boles discusses why Hong Kong remains a great place for a business to have an office and Auda’s growth ambitions in Asia.
  Dr. Ernest Boles
Auda International

As an early pioneer in the private equity industry, Auda International is a specialized, privately held firm investing in private equity via primary funds-of-funds, secondary funds-of-funds and direct co-investment funds, either through its own funds or on behalf of separate managed accounts.

Founded in 1989 as an investment company of the Harald Quandt family, Auda now has offices in Frankfurt, New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai and employs approximately 70 people. Its sister company, Real Estate Capital Partners, was also established in 1989 and focuses on real estate investments in the United States.

Given that one of the most profitable investments in Asia of late has been real estate, does Auda have a plan to raise real estate funds for Asia?

“It is something the shareholders have thought about recently, expanding the group’s real estate capability to other regions,” Boles said. “Definitely, the potential is there to think strategically about expanding the group’s alternative investment activities into Asian real estate investments.”

Auda opened its second Asian office in Shanghai in May 2014 and has been on a hiring spree, adding a senior secondary professional to the Asia-based team. The region accounts for about 10 percent of the firm’s global allocation, which is not an unusual percentage in terms of the strategic asset allocation of its LP base, according to Boles.

“Of the roughly 10-15 percent allocated to emerging markets, most of that is to Asia. So our position in Asia reflects the asset allocation that we currently have. In time that will likely increase, although there may be limits in terms of how much capital will be allocated to the region given the fact that many of our investors are asking us to allocate for them globally, as their global advisor,” he said.

Hong Kong was Auda’s first office in Asia and opened in 2007. The firm had been investing in Asia since 1997 and took the decision to establish a presence in China’s global financial centre because senior management felt the firm needed to be local.

“We hired a local team and are executing on that strategy. The benefit of being based in Hong Kong is its proximity, it being central in the region, an easy destination for travel and to meet for business, and for travel into the different regions where we are allocating capital. At least for the foreseeable future it will be our main office in Asia, though we have recently expanded into Shanghai as our second office in Asia Pacific,” he said.

“From an investor perspective, particularly those investors who may be interested in allocating capital to the U.S. and European markets, our Shanghai office is intended to increase our proximity locally to the Chinese market. We are also looking at Japan and South Korea. We do not have specific plans yet to open offices there but I can see that as a possibility depending on how the business develops,” he said.

As for the future, Boles added that the firm planned to maintain and further expand its strong investment team while focusing on allocating capital to the region. “But as we are in specific countries doing due diligence on GPs or looking at specific investments, we will also use the opportunity to engage with the LP community,” he concluded.


Event Report - China Private Equity Summit 2015



Highlights Video of CPES 2015

The 14th China Private Equity Summit, organized by the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association was held on 1 June, 2015. Attracting more than 430 venture capital and private equity practitioners, leading corporations, and other industry professionals and participants from across the region, the summit discussion focused on the latest developments and trends in the private equity market in China.

Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, distinguished guests at this one-day event included: Professor K C Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of Hong Kong SAR Government; Eric Mason, Managing Director, The Church Pension Fund; Joe Lee, Co-founder, KuaiDi Technology Co. Ltd.; and Shuang Chen, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, China Everbright Limited

The Summit explored a number of important and timely issues, including cross-border transactions; value creation in private equity investing; RMB funds; the “New Third Board”; China’s draft foreign investment law; the“One Belt, One Road” strategy; and the global ambitions of Chinese companies. 

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The HKVCA is strongly supportive of – and has been instrumental in the development of  this Amendment, as a positive step to enhance the attractiveness of Hong Kong as a Private Equity hub by simplifying the operating procedures for PE firms based here.

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An HKVCA Luncheon talk, titled “Hong Kong Broadband Network – From MBO to IPO in < 3 Years”, was held on 15th June, 2015 at the China Club . Alvin Lam, Senior Managing Director from CVC Capital Partners, and LAI Ni Quiaque (NiQ), Head of Talent Engagement and Chief Financial Officer from Hong Kong Broadband Network....


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Warburg-Backed Red Star Raises US$931 Million in Hong Kong IPO

Friday, June 19, 2015

(WSJ by Prudence Ho and Yvonne Lee) - Chinese home-improvement mall operator Red Star Macalline Group Corp., backed by private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, has raised US$931 million in an initial public offering in Hong Kong.
The offering continues Hong Kong’s strong run as an IPO venue thanks to a stock-market boom. So far this year, Hong Kong ranks second globally as a venue for IPOs by value, behind Shanghai and ahead of New York, according to data from Dealogic.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

(WSJ by Rick Carew) - A consortium including Morgan Stanley invested $934 million in China’s first online-only insurer, which is backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s financial-services affiliate, valuing the venture at $8 billion.

Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Co., a property and casualty insurer that is less than two years old, raised funds from a clutch of other China-focused private-equity investors in addition to Morgan Stanley. They include China International Capital Corp., CDH Investments, Keywise Capital Management and SAIF Partners, the company said in a statement sent to The Wall Street Journal. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, it said.

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Medical-device maker Lumenis to be sold to Hong Kong's XIO for $510 million

Thursday, June 18, 2015

(Haaretz Daily by Dror Reich) - Israel's Lumenis, which makes equipment for surgical, ophthalmology and aesthetic applications, said Thursday it was being sold to the Hong Kong investment company XIO Group for $510 million.

The sale comes just less than a year-and-a-half after the company returned to the stock market after a 10-year hiatus and marks another step in the deepening business relations between Israel and China.
XIO agreed to buy Lumenis at $14 a share, a 16% premium over the company's $12.08 closing price on the Nasdaq Wednesday. In pre-market trading, Lumenis shares shot up to $13.65, nearly closing the gap.

If competed, it will the largest buyout of an Israeli tech companies this year, beating out the $450 million Pitney Bows’ paid for Borderfree and the $433 million Francisco Partners paid for ClickSoftware.

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CLSA closes third Asia fund at $1b, beats $850m target

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

(Dealstreetasia by Joji Thomas Philip) - Fudo Capital, the real estate investment arm of Hong Kong-based private equity firm, CLSA Capital Partners, has closed its third fund at its hard cap of $1 billion, according to an SEC filing.

The latest vehicle – Fudo Capital III – was launched in early 2014, and had seen its first close in March last year at $385 million, followed by another close in June at around $537 million, and it had neared two-thirds of $1 billion target by November 2014. The final close at $1 billion is higher than its initial target of $850 million for Fudo Capital III.

CLSA Capital Partners had closed its second vehicle at $815 in 2009, against a target of $750 million. The assets of its second vehicle include the Hongjia Tower in Shanghai and the Laguna Plaza shopping centre in Hong Kong. Similarly Fudo Capital I had raised $430 million in 2005 against a target of $350 million.

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