September 6, 2017 / 3:33 AM / 9 months ago

Bain makes first close for Asia credit fund, raising $557 million - filing

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Bain Capital made the first close to its Asia credit fund, raising $557 million as the private equity firm looks to scoop up distressed debt in China and other countries in the region.

A U.S. Dollar note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

Bain Capital Special Situations Asia LP, as the fund is called, tapped 38 investors so far for the fund, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission dated Sept 5.

Reuters previously reported the firm was looking to raise $1 billion for its first Asia-focused credit fund to capitalise on distressed debt and direct lending opportunities, according to people familiar with the plans.

The firm made its first foray into Chinese distressed debt in May, buying a portfolio of real estate non-performing loans (NPLs) worth $200 million in principal from China Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, the country’s biggest distressed debt manager.

Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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