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Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 12:51
Coller Capital picks up remaining assets in Permira's fourth fund. Submitted. By Karin Wasteson | 29/05/2020 - 5:51pm. Secondaries investor Coller Capital is leading a GP-led secondary transaction to acquire the four remaining assets of Permira’s fourth fund. On the deal’s closing the fund’s assets, together with a co-investment vehicle for the largest of them, will transfer into a new investment vehicle with USD829 million of aggregate commitments. Permira IV’s remaining assets include four software and tech companies.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 11:31
JRJ Group sells ETX Capital to Guru Capital. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 4:31pm. JRJ Group, an international private equity investment firm focused on the financial services sector and growth situations, is to sell ETX Capital, a providers of multi-asset CFDs and spread betting products, to a fund associated with Guru Capital, a Switzerland-based private equity firm with specific experience in the CFD space. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Roger Nagioff, Founding Partner of JRJ Group, says: "During JRJ’s ownership, we have invested in bolt-on acquisitions and enhanced the technology of the firm.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 08:31
Horizon Capital’s EEGF III backs MAKEUP Group. Submitted. By Karin Wasteson | 29/05/2020 - 1:31pm. US private equity firm Horizon Capital’s USD200 million Emerging Europe Growth Fund III has acquired a minority stake in European e-commerce beauty company MAKEUP, thereby becoming its main financial investor. MAKEUP is currently active in 14 markets including Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The online beauty platform intends to expand its operations to new markets in the EU, such as France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Benelux, and Balkans - accelerating its pan-European expansion in 2020. “We are delighted to contribute our.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 05:21
Poplar raises USD2.1m in funding round led by Fuel Ventures. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 10:21am. Poplar has closed a USD2.1million investment, led by Fuel Ventures, to push its ambition to become the world’s leading augmented reality (AR) creative platform. This seed round, which sees Haatch Ventures, Ascension Ventures and Super Ventures also invest, will help Poplar deliver on-demand creation of premium AR and 3D experiences to accommodate the growing demand for branded AR campaigns.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 05:20
Proskauer launches Private Credit Default Index. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 10:20am. International law firm Proskauer has launched the Proskauer Private Credit Default Index which tracks, on a quarterly basis, the default rates of senior secured and unitranche loans. "Traditionally, the private credit market has been viewed as being opaque with few sources of information on default rates.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 05:19
Susquehanna Growth Equity appoints senior adviser. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 10:19am. Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE) has appointed Colin Day as a senior advisor. In his new role, Day will work with the SGE team directly and support SGE portfolio company management teams on matters that are driving their businesses. Day is the founder, chairman, and former CEO of iCIMS, a cloud platform for recruitment software solutions. With more than 1,000 employees and USD250 million in annual recurring revenue, iCIMS has grown to become the largest provider of hiring software and stands among Forbes’ top 100 fastest-growing private cloud companies in the country. iCIMS has expanded its product portfolio with multiple company acquisitions under Day’s leaders.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 05:14
BGF to donate GBP100,000 across eight UK and Irish charities impacted by coronavirus pandemic. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 10:14am. BGF has announced that it will make donations totalling GBP100,000 to support local community-based charities across the UK & Ireland following the onset of Coronavirus. Covid-19 has created immense challenges, especially for vulnerable groups.
Private Equity Wire 05/29/2020 05:08
C5 Capital leads USD52m Synack investment round. Submitted. 29/05/2020 - 10:08am. C5 Capital USA (C5 Capital), a specialist investment firm investing in the secure data ecosystem, has led a Series D funding round for Synack, a provider of continuous application security and penetration testing services using AI and skilled ethical hackers. C5 Capital led the Series D round investment of USD52 million along with B Capital Group, and which also included a number of strategic partners and leading technology investors including GGV Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Icon Ventures, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Microsoft’s venture fund M12 and Singtel Innov8 (the corporate venture arm of the Singtel Group).
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 12:15
Basis Vectors launches USD50m private equity and tech fund. Submitted. 28/05/2020 - 5:15pm. Basis Vectors, a Berkshire Hathaway-style alternative investment and technology firm, has launched with plans to acquire, transform and accelerate vertically-focused B2B Software as a Service (SaaS) companies. Basis Vectors transforms high-potential yet undervalued SaaS companies that demonstrate potential for long-term growth and robust balance sheets, and is uniquely positioned to help companies that have been strained by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 12:10
Wasabi closes USD30m funding round led by Forestay Capital. Submitted. 28/05/2020 - 5:10pm. Wasabi Technologies, a hot cloud storage company, has closed a USD30 million financing round led by Forestay Capital, the technology innovation arm of Waypoint Capital, with participation from Wasabi’s previous investors. Wasabi has now raised a total of USD110 million. Customers and partners are emphatically choosing Wasabi’s high performance and predictable, budget-friendly pricing models over cloud storage solutions from Amazon S3 and other first generation cloud providers.
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 08:36
Aquiline Capital Partners closes fourth fund on USD2 billion. Submitted. By Karin Wasteson | 28/05/2020 - 1:36pm. Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm that specialises in financial services and technology, has held a final close of its fourth fund, the Aquiline Financial Services Fund IV. Founded in 2005, Aquiline Capital Partners is a private investment firm specialising in financial services and technology, which is based in New York and London and has USD5.3 billion in assets under management. “Today’s dynamic market conditions are creating significant disruptions across financial services, technology and healthcare that we believe will present compelling investment opportunities for us,” said Jeff Greenberg, chairman and CEO of.
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 04:56
Covid-19 crisis prompts uptick in W&I insurance. Submitted. By Karin Wasteson | 28/05/2020 - 9:56am. Warranty & Indemnity (W&I) insurance is likely to become more sought after in the coming months as a result of Covid-19, according to Lockton, one of the world’s largest privately held independent insurance brokers. Take up of W&I insurance in M&A deals is up from 6 per cent to over 40 per cent in the past five years as companies scramble to win transactions in increasingly aggressive and competitive auction processes. "Back in 2014, W&I insurance was a rarity in M&A transactions.
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 04:26
insitro raises USD143m in Series B financing. Submitted. 28/05/2020 - 9:26am. insitro, a machine-learning driven drug discovery and development company, has raised USD143 million in an oversubscribed Series B financing. The financing was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from new investors Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and funds and accounts advised by T Rowe Price Associates, Inc. as well as funds managed by BlackRock, Casdin Capital, HOF Capital, WuXi AppTec’s Corporate Venture Fund, and other undisclosed investors.
Private Equity Wire 05/28/2020 04:22
KKR appoints Managing Director to lead client partner group in Australia & New Zealand. Submitted. 28/05/2020 - 9:22am. KKR has appointed Nicholas Hyde as a Managing Director to lead the firm's Client Partner Group in Australia and New Zealand. Hyde will be responsible for managing and expanding KKR’s client relationships in Australia and New Zealand, raising capital for the Firm’s private and public markets strategies, and leading new business development for the region.
Private Equity Wire 05/27/2020 11:43
Babylon invests in Higi. Submitted. 27/05/2020 - 4:43pm. Babylon, a technology company aimed at putting digital-first care into the hands of every person on Earth, had made an investment in consumer health engagement company Higi. Higi – through its 10,000-plus FDA-cleared self-service Smart Health Stations – provides access points that can help people learn about health conditions, assess their risks, and receive personalised recommendations for local care resources and services.
Private Equity Wire 05/27/2020 11:42
European VC investors keeping faith with healthcare. Submitted. 27/05/2020 - 4:42pm. Optimum Strategic Communications (Optimum), an international strategic healthcare communications firm, has published the results of its survey of European Venture Capital (VC) investors and the impact of Covid-19 on the healthcare sector. The survey held in May 2020 includes responses from 24 of the most influential European VCs, investing approximately EUR15.5 billion in aggregate in the healthcare sector and reveals that six have recently raised new funds totalling circa EUR2 billion in 2019/20. The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us all in ways that were impossible to predict just a few months ago.
Private Equity Wire 05/27/2020 08:58
KKR invests USD1 billion in European data centre platform. Submitted. By Karin Wasteson | 27/05/2020 - 1:58pm. KKR and data centre entrepreneur Franek Sodzawiczny are forming Global Technical Realty, a new build-to-suit and roll-up acquisition data centre platform, to develop and operate data centres for large tech companies across Europe as the PE group sees continued demand for data. KKR will make a USD1 billion equity commitment primarily from its third global infrastructure fund, which may be topped up with additional commitments over time.
Private Equity Wire 05/27/2020 05:47
Learning Labs secures GBP500k investment. Submitted. 27/05/2020 - 10:47am. Birmingham-based language technology firm, Learning Labs Limited, has secured a GBP500,000 investment to ramp up product development and establish itself in new markets. The investment round includes finance from some existing investors and GBP250,000 from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) Equity Finance Fund, managed by venture capital firm Midven. Established in 2013 by Veejay Lingiah and Richard Allen, Learning Labs originally developed FlashSticks, a unique language learning system based on 3M’s Post-it Notes. Sold in more than 500 WHSmith outlets nationwide at launch, the system was supported by Learning Lab’s interactive software platform, FlashAcademy. F.
Private Equity Wire 05/27/2020 05:46
MGG Investment Group adds to senior investment team. Submitted. 27/05/2020 - 10:46am. MGG Investment Group (MGG), a private direct lending investment firm, has appointed Eran Cohen, former Managing Director on the loan originations team at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, as a Managing Director. Cohen is based in Chicago and reports to Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer Kevin Griffin. Cohen has nearly 30 years of credit transaction experience, including originating loans across the capital structure to middle market businesses throughout market cycles for private equity firms, large corporations, turnarounds, and distressed companies.

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