Navis Capital to Open Offices in Vietnam, Indonesia

Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Co. will open offices within 18-20 mos, Managing Partner Nicholas Bloy tells reporters. * Navis has seven offices in Asia * Private-equity inflows into Southeast Asia will increase,

with industrywide internal rate of return between 15%-25%

over the next 5 yrs * Cos with scale advantage will benefit from creation of Asean

Economic Community * Malaysia most vulnerable country in certain sectors, due to

relatively small population, higher proportion of “sub- scale and domestically oriented manufacturing companies” * Thailand, Indonesia have clear scale advantage * NOTE: Southeast Asian nations plan to form an Asean Economic

Community by the end of 2015, where members will eliminate

trade barriers for goods and services * NOTE: Navis was founded in 1998 and manages >$3b