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Japan entices global funds hungry for pandemic spinoffs

Sweden EQT and Hong Kong PAG to enter market joining ranks of foreign players

Global investment funds see prime opportunities in Japan as the pandemic forces companies to unload noncore assets.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Hong Kong- and Sweden-based private equity funds have begun preparing to make investments in Japan, joining the growing ranks of foreign players looking to purchase businesses unloaded by companies squeezed by the pandemic.

Sweden's EQT has opened a Tokyo office with plans to hire three to five private equity managers. PAG, an Asia-focused fund based in Hong Kong, has recruited two Japanese-finance veterans to oversee billions of dollars in acquisitions.

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