Blackstone Plans Yuan Fund: Report

Blackstone is in talks with Shanghai's government to set up a subsidiary in China as part of plans to launch a yuan-denominated private-equity fund, a report says.
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is in talks with Shanghai's government to set up a subsidiary in China as part of plans to launch a local-currency private-equity fund,

Reuters

reports, citing sources.

Blackstone's move comes about as Shanghai announced last week it soon would allow international private-equity firms to incorporate locally in China's financial hub so they could launch yuan-denominated funds to invest in Chinese companies,

Reuters

notes.

Blackstone executives have received strong support from the Shanghai government over its plans. There are hopes that private-equity firm Blackstone could be the first foreign firm to make such a move,

Reuters

reports, citing government and financial sources close to the situation.

A representative for Blackstone in China declined to comment for

Reuters

.