Fidelity’s investment arm, Eight Roads, opens in Singapore

Fidelity International’s investment arm, Eight Roads, has announced the opening of its Singapore office as part of a longer-term drive to expand in South-East Asia.

The Singapore team, to be led by Raj Dugar, managing partner for Asia, will focus on making early-growth and growth stage investments of up to $30m, and in the growth areas of technology, healthcare, consumer and financial services companies.

Raj Dugar, who is relocating to Singapore from India, where he established the India team, said: “South-East Asia has several early-stage and late-stage funds that cater well to the start-ups and more mature companies. The growth-stage companies, looking at raising Series B/C/D rounds have had limited access to capital given the lack of global funds operating in the region.”

‘Enormous potential’
“We see phenomenal opportunity in this segment, and look forward to helping entrepreneurs as they scale their business, providing access to our global network of expertise and contacts,” Dugar explained.

Cyrus Jilla, Eight Roads’ president, added: “We see enormous potential from continued economic development and innovative company formation in the region. The opening of an office in Singapore formalises Eight Roads’ commitment to bring the power of our unrivalled global investing network and breadth of capabilities to support founders as they build their businesses within and beyond the region.”

Christopher Copper-Ind
Christopher Copper-Ind is Publisher and Editor of International Investment. His previous publishing experience focused largely on the Middle East and emerging markets, and he was Editorial Director of The Business Year, based in Istanbul, for three years before moving back to London in 2017. He is the author of How to Negotiate, to be published by Macmillan in 2019.

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