Japan’s SoftBank took another step towards its goal of becoming the world’s largest technology investor yesterday, surprising markets again with its latest deal: a $3 billion takeover of Fortress Investment Group. It is a transaction that comes with plenty of dimensions, but the one that will no doubt pique IAM readers’ interest is what it means for the asset manager’s IP finance group led by Eran Zur. Fortress’ endeavours in the IP space don’t look to have figured heavily in driving the deal, but as things stand they put the Japanese company - founded by Masayoshi Son - in the interesting position of owning a major player in the NPE market.

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