JBIC signed an agreement for equity participation in the Advantage Partners Asia Fund, L.P. ("the Fund"), which is jointly managed by Advantage Partners, Inc. (AP) and MITSUI & CO., Ltd. (Mitsui).
The Fund is a private equity fund that invests in companies (mainly in the manufacturing, retailing, service, and information technology industries) in Asian countries, such as China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The Fund aims to discover, through the networks of AP and Mitsui, companies in Asia which have the potential to form business partnerships with Japanese companies and to increase the corporate value of those local portfolio companies by promoting their new business partnerships. The Fund’s investment in the Asian companies will give more opportunities for Japanese companies to enter the overseas business market or to form a capital tie-up with the portfolio companies, as well as boost the business deployment of Japanese companies in Asia. JBIC will continue to actively contribute to maintaining and strengthening the international competitiveness of Japanese industries by drawing on various financial schemes, including equity participation.