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Prudential, Fosun One Step Closer to $600 Mln China PE Fund

Prudential Financial and Fosun Group announced Monday an agreement that allows them to move forward in creating a $600 million PE fund for the Chinese marketplace. The pool will be called  Pramerica-Fosun China Opportunity Fund, L.P. The agreement allows the investment team to begin making investments in China-based companiesand companies outside of China but with significant revenue or business connections in that country. The firms, in January, announced the formation of the $600 million fund.

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Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU – News) and Fosun Group (Fosun) announced today they have signed a definitive agreement enabling them to move forward in creating a private equity fund (PE fund) for the Chinese marketplace. The fund will be named the Pramerica-Fosun China Opportunity Fund, L.P. This agreement allows the investment team to begin making private equity investments in a diversified group of industries and asset classes, including public and non-public companies based in China and companies outside of China with significant revenue or other business connections to China.

In January, Prudential and Fosun announced in Beijing, China their strategic cooperation to establish a PE fund. The terms of the partnership include Prudential investing up to US$500 million in the fund. Fosun, which will take primary responsibility for investment decisions, will invest US$100 million.

Founded in 1992, Fosun Group is China’s leading investment company. Its three main core competencies are sustainability to explore investment opportunities, continuous management improvement, and optimal financing from multiple sources. Since the beginning of 2010, Fosun has transformed into a global enterprise. The company is committed to building an integrated investment platform fully utilizing its domestic and global resources. In March 2010, Fosun established its first foreign-partnership joint venture equities investment operation in China with Carlyle Group. In June 2010, Fosun invested in Club Med, an internationally known leisure and resort group.

Prudential has a presence in China through its Beijing Representative Office, Everbright Pramerica Fund Management Co., Ltd., headquartered in Shanghai, Pricoa Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and Pricoa Relocation Hong Kong Limited. Pramerica and Pricoa are trade names used by Prudential Financial and its affiliates in select countries outside the United States.

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