Jul 22 2010
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Evolvence rolls out $400m fund focused on India
Thursday, Jul 22, 2010
Targets institutional, high net worth investors
Dubai Evolvence Capital , a Dubai-based alternative investment firm, has launched a $400 million (Dh1.4 billion) India-focused private equity fund.
“Evolvence India Fund II is our third India focused fund. Like in the case of Evolvence Fund I, we expect to raise 50 per cent of the fund from institutional investors and high net worth investors in the Gulf and the remaining from the rest of the world,” Ajit Kumar, Managing Director of Evolvence India Fund told Gulf News.
Evolvence Capital will commit up to 7 per cent of the fund as capital. The company expects to close the fund within next 12 to 18 months and deliver about 25 per cent return. The new fund has a relatively low hurdle rate (the minimum rate of return required before the profits are shared) of 8 per cent.
Evolvence India Fund II plans to replicate the proven strategy in the case of its first and will invest with high quality private equity fund managers and established entrepreneurs in India and will make selective investments in secondary private equity opportunities.
“In the case of our first fund, investments have been deployed across 10 funds and 8 co-investments. In addition, the management team has invested $50 million on behalf of investors in side pocket transactions. We plan to follow a similar strategy for the new fund,” said Kumar.
Evolvence Capital expects to attract investments from Gulf institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds to India.
According to recent estimates India is projected to attract $70 billion in private equity investments this year and this figure is expected to grow by more than 25 per cent by 2012. According to a report by PE firm Coller Capital and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (Empea), about 57 per cent of Limited Partner investors surveyed plan to accelerate their new commitments in emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, over the next two years.
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By Babu Das Augustine?Deputy Business Editor
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