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保险巨头万通人寿注资5000万美元助力东南亚创业

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保险巨头万通人寿注资5000万美元助力东南亚创业

近日,该公司宣布推出万通东南亚创投(SEA MMV),作为万通风险投资公司VC业务的区域分支机构,这也是该公司在东南亚地区推出的首个风险投资基金项目。

美国万通作为一家领先的人寿保险公司,以其成员和分红保单持有人的利益开展经营。它提供广泛的金融产品和服务,包括人寿保险、残疾收入保险、长期护理保险、年金、退休计划和其他员工福利。公司的主要关联方包括资产管理公司霸菱和奥本海默基金;以及First Mercantile Trust Company;美国万通国际;MML投资者服务公司,FINRA/SIPC成员;以及美国万通信托公司。

万通东南亚创投(SEA MMV)打算投入5000万美元的资金,在未来三年内预计投资10到15家创业公司。主要针对科技公司在金融服务、保险、医疗保健和企业软件领域的A轮和B轮融资。

MassMutual Ventures董事总经理Doug Russel曾在某采访中表示:“我们在大约一年前就做出了此决定,因为我们在过去几年中在这里的确看到了巨大的机会,有很多企业家和企业形成的相关业务和资金都在涌入这个市场。”

MassMutual的总投资账户提供了该基金最初的5000万美元资金。

万通东南亚创投MMV SEA的总部设在新加坡,由常务董事Ryan Collins(前负责保险公司Manulife的LOFT孵化器的亚洲地区负责人)和前任Openspace Ventures的投资负责人Anvesh Ramineni所领导。

Widening its investment reach, MassMutual Ventures (MMV) announced today the establishment of a USD 50 million fund – MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (MMV SEA) – which will make investments in 10 to 15 startup companies throughout the region over the next three years.

MMV SEA, based in Singapore, is targeting Series A and Series B round investments in digital health, fintech, insurtech and enterprise software. MMV SEA's funding is being provided through the general investment account of parent company Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

The new funding brings the total capital under management for four-year old MMV – a return focused fund investing in dynamic and innovative seed to growth stage companies in North America, Europe, Israel, and now Southeast Asia – to USD 250 million. MMV SEA will also work with MassMutual International – MassMutual's international insurance holding company – leveraging its relationships in the region, to identify potential investments and opportunities for MMV's portfolio companies.

"This new fund underscores our commitment to building a true global MassMutual Ventures platform, which will identify successful start-up companies that align with MassMutual's prudent investment strategy, providing the best returns for our company," said Doug Russell, MMV Managing Director, who will oversee MMV SEA's operations. "As venture capital continues to flow through all sectors around the globe, we are poised to take advantage of global products, solutions and trends."

"The establishment of MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia reinforces MassMutual's steadfastness to the region – expanding our footprint into Singapore and many other key areas throughout Southeast Asia," said Eddie Ahmed, Chairman, President and CEO of MassMutual International. "Through its dedicated capital and a team with distinct knowledge of the investment climate here, we are looking forward to many exciting and innovative opportunities."

MMV SEA is led by two Managing Directors – Ryan Collins and Anvesh Ramineni – both of whom are experienced investment professionals in the region, and who will be charged with sourcing and executing investment opportunities.

"With its rapidly growing digital economy and ongoing development of the startup ecosystem, the investment climate in Southeast Asia offers tremendous opportunities," said Collins.

Ramineni added, "MassMutual Ventures has an outstanding track record of identifying companies with the potential to disrupt the industry. We look forward to building upon that success."

Prior to joining MMV SEA, Collins was Head of Asia at Manulife's LOFT incubator, developing new business models and technologies in insurance and investment services. Before LOFT, he was Asia Managing Director at Essentia Analytics, a data analytics SaaS company. Formerly an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Collins has advised on and executed multiple capital markets transactions across Asia-Pacific. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Psychology.

Ramineni was most recently Head of the Investments Team at OpenSpace Ventures (formerly NSI Ventures), Singapore, where he was a founding member of the firm and led investments in 12 companies. Prior to OpenSpace, he was a TMT investment banker at Citigroup Global Markets in Hong Kong, where he worked on strategic financial advisory mandates and executed marquee M&A and capital markets transactions across Asia. Ramineni holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance.

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