Taiwan Firm in PE JV with China State Devt & Investment

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Fubon Financial, parent of Taiwan’s No.2 insurer, and China’s State Development & Investment Corp will set up a 3 billion Chinese yuan ($440 million) private equity fund, the Commercial Times reported on Wednesday, citing a Fubon executive.

The private equity fund, aiming to tap industries in Fujian province, will be the first such fund to operate across the Taiwan strait, the paper said.

Fubon (2881.TW) will take a 30 percent stake in the fund, State Development & Investment Corp will hold 40 percent and an investment firm controlled by Fujian province will hold the remainder, the paper said, citing Fubon president Victor Kung.

Trade ties between Taiwan and China have warmed since Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou took office last year. Both sides have agreed to sign a financial service pact soon, paving the way for banks to invest in each other’s economy.

(Reporting by Faith Hung; Editing by Ken Wills)