Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, is seeking US private-equity partners in the coming weeks in a bid to acquire US-based online portal Yahoo (YHOO.NASDAQ), the Wall Street Journal reported. “We’re interested in investing. It’s good for the US. So many PEs are talking to us and we will start talking to them in the next few weeks, ” Ma said. Waiting too long to close a deal won’t benefit any party involved, he underscored. Alibaba’s planned takeover of US-based Yahoo would be by far the Chinese company’s most ambitious overseas strategy. Silver Lake Partners, CPP Investment Board and Microsoft (MSFT.NASDAQ) are also working together to buy Yahoo. Jerry Yang, Yahoo founder, said that a sale to Mr. Ma or to private equity firms hasn’t been ruled out: “There are plenty of options.” Experts and lawyers warned that an attempt by a foreign company to take over Yahoo (which has access to a trove of private information about American internet users) would attract close scrutiny by US regulators.