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Headland Capital Partners invests Rs. 40 crore in Microqual Techno Ltd.

Posted by Arun Uday on December 16, 2010

Microqual Techno Ltd. one of India’s leading telecom infrastructure providers has raised growth funding of Rs. 40 crore from a wholly owned subsidiary of The Headland Asian Ventures Fund 3 Limited (HAV3), a fund advised by Headland Capital Partners Limited (Headland) (Formerly HSBC Private Equity (Asia) Limited). This is the second round of funding received by Microqual which is a comprehensive infrastructure solutions provider for the Indian telecommunications sector. Its clients include all major telecom carriers.

The funds will be utilised for expansion in Bangladesh, Nepal, Africa & other emerging markets, strategic acquisitions, and implementing newer technologies. The company had secured the first funding in July 2007 from IndoUS Venture Partners, JAFCO Investment (Asia Pacific) Ltd. and BTS India Private Equity Fund.

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We are now Headland Capital

Posted by Arun Uday on December 7, 2010

The management team of HSBC Private Equity (Asia) Limited, the regional private-equity arm of HSBC Group Holdings PLC, has completed its buyout and has renamed Headland Capital Partners Ltd. Headland’s management team now owns 80.1% of the company, while HSBC retains a 19.9% stake. HSBC also remains one of the largest investors in the funds that Headland advises. Headland currently advises both private-equity and venture-capital funds. The private-equity funds focus on mid-market expansion capital and buyout transactions in Asia, while the venture-capital funds typically target early- to mid-stage investments in technology-focused and high-growth businesses in Asia.

HSBC Private Equity (Asia) invested its first private-equity fund in 1989 and is investing its fifth and sixth Asian private-equity funds and its second and third Asian venture funds. It raised its sixth private-equity fund The Headland Private Equity Fund 6 L.P, worth $1.34 billion, in 2008, and its third venture capital fund The Headland Asian Ventures Fund 3 Limited, with $230 million in committed capital, in 2009.

In India, HSBC Private Equity, now Headland, had made investments in Sharekhan (acquired by Citigroup), Merittac (acquired by Manipal Group), medical equipment maker Trivitron, software firms NewGen and FINO Ltd and this year in June made investment in Avitel Post Studioz Ltd.

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