Avenue Capital nears deal for China medical firm

Reuters – Hedge fund Avenue Capital is in the final stages of talks to buy a Chinese medical equipment company backed by a unit of Citigroup Inc in a deal worth over $100 million, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

The exclusive talks for Shenzhen-based Landwind between Avenue Capital, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, and Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI) came after Bain Capital and other private equity funds dropped their bids, said the sources.

A deal for Landwind would mark a rare occasion whereby a hedge fund outbids a private equity firm for control of a company. Hedge funds such as Avenue, run by billionaire Marc Lasry, have built up their presence in Asia in the last few years, participating in more and more private equity-style deals.

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