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Valuations easing but caution still needed

Anil Thadani, chairman of Symphony Asia Holdings, says prices are still high and company is taking its time to pick its investments.

Mr Thadani prefers to do deals where there is some relationship with the seller, which would then have a desire to prefer Symphony Asia over somebody else. Its Christian Liaigre acquisition in May came through a business partner.

ANIL Thadani, the private equity investor known previously for chairing hospital operator Parkway Holdings, says valuations for Asian consumer-oriented private companies are still high. But at least they are going in the right direction - down.

The one deal done by his investment company