A vendor can sometimes turn out to be an investment opportunity — even if it is just a minority stake. That has certainly been the case for the Thakral family, which controls Thakral Corp, an investment holding company with properties in Australia, Japan and Singapore, among other interests.

On May 4, Thakral put in $1.05 million for a 5% stake in boutique corporate finance firm W Capital. The transaction, which was a Series A fundraising round, valued the latter at $21 million. 

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