21 March 2022 – FinAccel calls off $2.5bn reverse merger

FinAccel calls off $2.5bn reverse merger

FinAccel, a Singapore-headquartered buy now pay later service backed by corporates Singapore Telecommunications, Telkom Indonesia, Telkomsel, Naver and GMO, has scrapped a planned $2.5bn reverse merger due to unfavourable market conditions.

GoTo targets $1.1bn in initial public offering

GoTo, the Indonesia-based amalgamation of ride hailing service Gojek and e-commerce marketplace Tokopedia, plans to raise $1.06bn in an IPO on the Indonesia Stock Market.

Leapmotor looks to Hong Kong flotation possibilities

Leapmotor, the China-headquartered electric vehicle producer that counts corporates Dahua Technology, Shanghai Electric and CRRC among its investors, has filed for an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

SoftBank sells $1bn in Coupang shares

SoftBank has divested $1bn of shares in South Korea-based, New York-listed e-commerce group Coupang.

SentinelOne to acquire Attivo

Cybersecurity technology provider SentinelOne agreed to buy US-based cybersecurity and identity protection software developer Attivo Networks for $617m in cash and stock, allowing exits for semiconductor distributor Macnica and telecommunications company Singtel.

Zomato links to Blinkit in $750m deal

Restaurant listings and food delivery service Zomato has agreed to acquire rapid delivery service Blinkit, in an all-stock deal valued between $700m and $750m.

ConsenSys collects $450m in series D round

US-based blockchain technology provider ConsenSys secured $450m in series D funding from investors including SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, software provider Microsoft and talent agency United Talent Agency (UTA) at a $7bn valuation.

Knock opens doors to $220m

US-based property purchase finance provider Knock received $220m in equity and debt financing from investors including financial services firm First American Financial and real estate trade organisation National Association of Realtors.

Vestaire Collective to scoop up Tradesy

US-based luxury fashion marketplace Tradesy agreed to a takeover by luxury fashion e-commerce platform Vestaire Collective for an undisclosed sum, allowing conglomerate Virgin Group to exit.

SoftBank turns $100m Opportunity Fund evergreen

SoftBank it is converting its $100m SB Opportunity Fund to an evergreen vehicle to continue investing in underrepresented founders.

Luno launches investment arm to support crypto

UK-based digital assets services provider Luno unveiled a corporate venturing unit to invest in crypto and financial technology, effectively taking over the seed-stage investment activity of parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG).

OTA Insights books Transparent acquisition

Transparent, a Spain-based provider of data for short-term rentals, has been purchased by hospitality business intelligence provider OTA Insight for an undisclosed sum, allowing air carrier JetBlue to exit.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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09 December 2019 – Kuaishou Lining Up One of 2019’s Largest Rounds

Big Deals

It’s edging towards the end of the year but Kuaishou is lining up one of 2019’s largest rounds, having reportedly secured $2bn from Tencent as part of a series F round it plans to formally close at $3bn in the coming weeks. The round will value the short-form video platform at $28.6bn and is expected to be the last before a planned initial public offering. Tencent’s stake will stand at almost 20%.

Healthcare consortium Kaiser Permanente oversees one of the oldest corporate venturing units in the Bay Area in Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and it has just closed its fifth fund at $141m. Fund V has also brought additional corporates onboard, taking in contributions from Highmark Health’s Highmark Ventures subsidiary, Tufts Health Plan and Henry Ford Health System. It now has some $500m under management.

Indian ride hailing platform Ola is preparing to enter London (though it is already present in other UK markets, such as here in Cardiff), but in the longer term has set early 2021 as the point when it will formally begin IPO preparations. It has already hired consultants and reportedly intends to cut headcount by 5% as part of those plans. SoftBank, Tencent, Didi Chuxing, Hyundai and Kia are all investors in the company.

In GCV/GUV crossover news, wellness services and goods provider CureFit is in talks with Singaporean state-owned investment firm Temasek to raise $100m in a round reportedly set to boost its valuation from $575m to $800m. The former valuation was sealed in a $120m round closed in June that included Unilever Ventures, and the prospective new funding would support the growth of CureFit’s Eat.Fit and Care.Fit divisions. UC-RNT Fund, a joint investment fund formed by University of California with industrial group Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata, had injected $25m in 2016.

Deals

Reports a week ago stated that blockchain-based online lender Figure Technologies was set to announce a $103m series C round, and so it has proved, the company raising the cash from investors including MUFG Innovation Partners. The round values Figure, which is less than two years old, at $1.2bn.

Business finance provider Konfio has become the latest company to take in a nine-figure investment from SoftBank’s $5bn Innovation Fund, raising $100m from the corporate. Konfio aims to take advantage of increasingly strict business lending practices in Mexico by offering quick loans to small and medium-sized businesses through its data technology-equipped online platform, and will use the capital to add features such as life insurance to its offering.

Alphabet’s CapitalG unit has bought an undisclosed amount of shares in data collaboration platform developer Dataiku from venture firm and existing investor Serena Capital at a reported $1.4bn valuation – apparently 100 times that at which Serena co-led Dataiku’s seed round.

FinAccel, the owner of Indonesian e-commerce credit provider Kredivo, has secured $90m at a $500m valuation, in a series C round co-led by the Naver-backed Asia Growth Fund.

Precision cancer drug developer Black Diamond Therapeutics has emerged from stealth with $194m of funding, $85m of which was just closed in a series C round featuring Roche Venture Fund. Roche’s corporate venturing vehicle participated in the round as an existing backer, and Black Diamond intends to move its lead product candidate into a phase 1/2 clinical trial in early 2020.

Impulse Dynamics has received $80.5m in funding from investors including Minth Group, Zoll Medical and Abiomed as it prepares to commercialise its heart failure treatment device in the US. Amzak Health Investors led the series D round, which increased the company’s funding over the past four years to about $155m.

Highspot has now raised $200m altogether, having secured $75m in a series D1 round that included long-term backer Salesforce Ventures. The company, which has developed a software platform that optimises sales performance, received $60m in funding just six months ago, through a series D round that included all the participants in the latest deal.

AI technology developer Aibee took its total funding to $175m in a $74m series A1 round featuring conglomerate Chow Tai Fook. The Chinese company has now racked up four rounds inside two years and its investor base includes fellow corporate backers Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, Red Star Macalline and K11.

Online automotive e-commerce platform CarDekho has secured $70m in a round led by Ping An Global Voyager Fund at a $700m valuation. The deal is the first for China-based Ping An’s corporate venturing vehicle in India, and CarDekho’s existing investors include Kreatif Media Karya, CapitalG, Dentsu Bennett Coleman & Co.

Funds

Portag3 Ventures, the fintech-focused venture firm formed by financial holding group Power Corporation, has closed its second fund at $321m.

US-based venture capital firm Harlem Capital has closed its inaugural fund at $40.3m with limited partners including Vanderbilt University, surpassing its $25m target and $40m cap. Harlem Partners Venture Fund I engaged 55 LPs, including student startup-focused VC firm Dorm Room Fund, trade convention operator Consumer Technology Association and private equity group TPG.

Exits

Cybersecurity software producer Tenable has acquired Indegy, a US-based industrial cybersecurity technology developer backed by energy utility Centrica, mass media group Liberty Media and diversified holding company Ofer Global, for $78m. Indegy had received $18m in an August 2018 series B round led by Liberty Media’s corporate venturing arm, Liberty Technology Venture Capital, and which included Centrica Innovations and OG Tech Ventures, respective investment vehicles for Centrica and Ofer Global.


“Funky Chunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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