DBS Private Equity is the principal investment arm of DBS Bank. Currently, it has two main offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, covering the South and North Asia markets respectively. DBS Private Equity provides equity capital and mezzanine debt financing to investee companies to assist them in their growth and expansion. It also supports them in areas such as business development, strategic planning and corporate finance activities. As part of Southeast Asia’s largest bank, DBS Private Equity is able to leverage on DBS’ network across 16 markets, as well as assemble product expertise from Corporate Banking, Treasury Services, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Advisory, Syndication and Research, to enhance the performance of investee companies and create long-term value. DBS Private Equity made its first investment in China in 2002, and has since made successful investments in Chinese companies including Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd and China Infrastructure Machinery Holdings Ltd. DBS is one of the first few foreign banks, and the first Singapore bank, to incorporate in China in May 2007. In November 2008, DBS Bank (China) officially opened a branch in Tianjin. In addition, it launched its first sub-branch, which includes a DBS Treasures priority centre, in Beijing. Today, DBS has seven branches in Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanning, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Tianjin, and six sub-branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Guangzhou.