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Vietnam startup valuations could fall 50%, leading investor says

Mekong Capital weighs new fund to profit from 'massive opportunity'

Chad Ovel says Mekong Capital will remain "a very disciplined investor." (Photo courtesy of Mekong Capital)

TOKYO -- Startup valuations in Vietnam could fall 50% from their recent peaks as company founders adjust to a decline in venture capital investments, a partner in the country's oldest private equity firm says.

Chad Ovel of Mekong Capital said during a recent visit to Tokyo that his firm sees a "massive opportunity" to profit from the change and is considering launching a new fund in Vietnam "maybe in next year."

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