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Bain creates $1bn business succession fund focused on Japan

US private equity firm sees opportunities in pandemic-induced restructurings

An ink factory in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Bain sees an opportunity in investing in small and medium Japanese companies struggling to find a successor.

TOKYO -- U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital has debuted a 110 billion yen ($1 billion) business succession fund focused on midsized Japanese companies, Nikkei has learned.

Bain expects more Japanese companies to sell off subsidiaries and affiliates in restructuring to cope with pressures brought on by the pandemic. It also sees opportunity to invest in owner-operator companies that are struggling to find successors.

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