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Japan's Advantage Partners debuts $540m takeover fund

Asset manager aims to buy out aging owners, draws regional banks as investors

TOKYO -- Advantage Partners has created a 60 billion yen ($540 million) fund to acquire and enhance small and midsize companies, in particular those whose aging founders are looking to sell.

The fund, the fifth from the Tokyo-based private equity firm, is designed to spend several billion yen each on more than 10 businesses over 10 years, support management in boosting the value of these companies and then sell them at a profit. The fund makes two main types of investments: in businesses whose founders or owners are looking for successors, and in spin-outs from listed companies.

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