ICICI plans $200 mn small firms fund...

By Team YS|9th Jun 2009
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India's ICICI Bank is set to launch a $150 million to $200 million

fund in a few weeks that will be invested in small and medium

companies, said a Reuters report based on sources. The new fund will

be separate from ICICI's private equity arm, ICICI Ventures that

manages more than $2 billion.


“Regulatory approvals required for the fund are currently being

processed and we would be able to provide an update once these have

been granted and the fund raising process is completed,” an ICICI

spokesman is understood to have told Reuters an emailed statement.


The bank is expected to kick-start the fund raising exercise sometime

next week. The news agency quoted the sources saying that ICICI will

raise the money primarily from institutional investors and top

customers.


The small and medium companies spans sectors such as jewellery,

textiles and engineering that typically lean on founders for equity

and banks for debt. These sectors usually fall below the threshold for

a private equity fund, while venture capital firms focus on start-ups

in software and back offices.

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