Warburg Pincus invests in Gome

One of Asia''s smartest private equity investors hopes to revive the fortunes of China''s largest electronics retailer.
Private equity investor Warburg Pincus announced yesterday February 2 that it will pay $128 million to purchase up to 9.7% of China's leading electrical goods supplier, Gome Electrical Appliances.

The deal was structured via a five-year convertible bond and warrants issue under the lead of Gome's house bank ABN AMRO Rothschild. It includes a strategic partnership between the two firms that will allow Warburg Pincus to nominate one non-executive director to Gome's board. It also contains several undertakings by Gome chairman and majority shareholder Wong Kwong-yu, which seem designed to address long-standing investor concerns about a lack of transparency within the group.

According to a statement, Wong will provide Gome with audited financial information on...

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