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NEWSLETTER | 14 Oct 2021  

Pandemic and climate change are biggest deal blockers in next 12 months, say UK dealmakers


UK dealmakers are equally convinced that the biggest threats to completing deals in the next 12 months will be issues stemming from the pandemic and climate change. 



 
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SWEN Capital Partners' Blue Ocean impact fund makes first investment in OptoScale
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:33
Norwegian start-up OptoScale has raised EUR4.1 million in a financing round led by SWEN Capital Partners, a specialist in unlisted sustainable investment, with additional participation from the Norwegian fund Skagerak Maturo.
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Beacon closes USD56m Series C Funding round led by Warburg Pincus
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:23
Beacon Platform Incorporated (Beacon), a cloud-based platform for quant development that enables users to build custom trading and risk management applications, has closed a USD56 million Series C funding round, led by Warburg Pincus.
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Francisco Partners makes strategic growth investment in Paradigm
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:17
Paradigm, a provider of practice management software and integrated payments to the legal industry, has secured a strategic growth investment from Francisco Partners, a global investment firm that specialises in partnering with technology businesses. 
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Alida announces USD20m equity investment from Round13 Growth Fund
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:06
Alida, a leader in Total Experience Management (TXM), has closed a new USD20 million Series D funding round by Round13 Growth Fund, a highly-respected, late-stage growth equity investment fund, part of the Round13 Capital family of funds.
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Apex Group closes acquisition of ARM Swiss Representatives
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:29
Apex Group Ltd (Apex or The Group), a global financial services provider, has closed of the acquisition of ARM Swiss Representatives SA (ASR), following regulatory approval from FINMA.
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Ridgemont Equity Partners and The Rise Fund acquire Teachers of Tomorrow
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:20
Ridgemont Equity Partners, a buyout and growth equity investor, today announced a significant minority investment alongside The Rise Fund, TPG’s multi-sector global impact investing strategy, to facilitate the acquisition of Teachers of Tomorrow (ToT).
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ALD acquires Fleetpool Group
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:32
Fleetpool, a German specialist in car subscriptions, and international mobility provider ALD, are joining forces. The two companies have agreed the 100 per cent acquisition of the Fleetpool Group by ALD, including its fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles.
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HBM Holdings acquires Control Devices
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:18
HBM Holdings (HBM) has acquired Control Devices, a portfolio company of Goldner Hawn founded in 1963, and a designer and manufacturer of highly engineered flow-control products utilised in niche applications across a diverse array of end markets.
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One Equity Partners exits investment in PS Logistics
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:20
One Equity Partners (OEP), a middle market private equity firm, has exited its investment in PS Logistics, flatbed transportation and full-service logistics provider in the United States. 
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Riverside to sell Lexipol to GTCR
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:37
The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the middle market, has signed a definitive agreement with GTCR to sell Lexipol, a provider of policy management, training and wellness software for public safety organisations and local government customers. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
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Pario Ventures invests in Simply Hooked
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 10:38
Pario Ventures has continued to increase its investment into the Hospitality sector with an investment in Simply Hooked, which was originally launched in  New York, and opened in London in September this year. 
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Praetura Ventures and Blackfinch invest GBP2m in WatchMyCompetitor
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 10:15
WatchMyCompetitor (WMC) has secured GBP2 million in an investment round through Blackfinch Ventures and Praetura Ventures. Blackfinch and Manchester-based Praetura Ventures have both committed GBP1 million investment to the deal.
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Fintech Juni secures USD52m in Series A follow-on led by EQT Ventures
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:49
Juni has secured USD52 million in a funding round led by EQT Ventures, with participation from FJ labs and other existing investors to add to the USD21 million already raised from a Series-A round in late June this year. 
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RPA Supervisor raises USD5m in seed fund led by MMC Ventures
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:46
The first automated RPA management platform, RPA Supervisor has raised USD5 million in a Seed round led by MMC Ventures.
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Insurtech Tensorflight secures Series A funding
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:35
Tensorflight, an artificial intelligence and imaging-based insurtech, has announced a Series A funding round to accelerate market penetration and product optimisation across the multi-billion-dollar property insurance data analytics market. 
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Ohi secures USD19m in Series A funding round
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:22
Ohi, an instant commerce platform that enables brands to meet their customers’ expectations of superfast delivery in under two hours, has completed a USD19 million Series A funding round. 
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Antler raises over USD300m and expands investment focus to invest up to Series C
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:18
Global venture capital firm Antler has closed over USD300 million to date, allowing it an opportunity to provide continued support to its companies in subsequent funding rounds. 
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Sustainable battery pioneer raises further GBP2.5m to boost growth
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:31
Aceleron – the UK sustainable battery technology company – has raised a further GBP2.5 million as it continues to expand its global sales. 
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Rothschild & Co holds final closing of Five Arrows Debt Partners III at EUR1.4bn
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 10:18
Rothschild & Co has completed the final closing of Five Arrows Debt Partners III (FADP III), its third European direct lending fund, at EUR1.4 billion, comfortably ahead of target and significantly larger than its EUR655 million predecessor fund. 
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Sole Source Capital raises USD555m for second fund
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:32
Sole Source Capital (SSC), an industrial-focused private equity firm, has held the final closing of its second fund, SSC Partners II (Fund II), with aggregate total commitments of USD555 million. 
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CIBC launches USD450m fund focused on VC and growth equity funds
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:19
CIBC has created a USD450 million fund dedicated to investing in key Canadian and US-based venture capital and growth equity funds.
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A seat in the heart of the private capital community
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 10:34
Allocations to alternative asset classes, like private capital, have risen sharply in the past two years. As the interest in such investments broadens to include retail clients, managers are facing growing regulatory and administrative burdens as calls for increasing transparency and reporting become more insistent. 
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Alternative investment professionals reveal bullish outlook for private equity in EisnerAmper survey
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:15
Alternative investors see continued opportunity within the private equity industry after a record-breaking year, according to a new survey of 184 alternative investment professionals by advisory and accounting firm EisnerAmper. 
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AIMA premieres a new alt investments TV programme in partnership with ITN Productions
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 10:12
The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and ITN Productions are collaborating to raise awareness of alternative investments and the latest sector innovations that are benefitting investors, markets, and supporting the global economic recovery.
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EQT becomes first private markets firm to set science based ESG targets
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:43
EQT AB is proud to announce that EQT’s science based targets have recently been approved and validated by the SBTi meaning that EQT has formalied its GHG emission reduction targets in line with the 1.5c pathway described in the Paris Agreement. 
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Climate Solutions launches climate and ESG-focused private marketplace for institutional investors
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:14
Climate Solutions, a climate-focused capital raising and strategic advisory firm, has launched Climarket, an online marketplace for institutional investors seeking climate and ESG-focused investment opportunities in private markets.
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INDOS Financial expands services with Specialised Depositary licence in Ireland
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:39
INDOS Financial (Ireland) Depositary Limited, a JTC Group company, has received regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Ireland to provide depositary services to private equity, real estate and other alternative investment funds under Regulation 22(3)(b) of Ireland’s AIFM Regulations.
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Blackstone appoints Senior Managing Director, Strategic Relationships
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:38
Blackstone has appointed Emily Yoder as Senior Managing Director, Strategic Relationship Management. 
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Apex appoints Head of Loan Agency
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:26
Apex Group has appointed Declan Byrne to the newly created role of Head of Loan Agency, Corporate Solutions. 
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ORIX Corporation USA appoints Head of Investor Solutions for Asset Management
Thu | 14 Oct 2021, 09:24
ORIX Corporation USA (ORIX USA) has appointed Jordan Robinson as Managing Director and Head of Investor Solutions within its asset management business. 
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Foreside bolsters private fund practice for hedge funds, private equity firms and digital asset managers
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 14:22
Foreside Financial Group, LLC (Foreside), a provider of governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) solutions and technology offerings to clients in the global asset and wealth management industry, has bolstered its private funds practice. 
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Waypoint Partners promotes MD to Partner role
Wed | 13 Oct 2021, 10:40
Waypoint Partners, a growth and corporate advisory firm to the creative, marketing and related technology sectors has promoted Matthew Lacey to Partner. He becomes part of the leadership team that includes partners Otto Stevens, Jim Houghton and Phil Gripton.
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Private Equity Technology Report 2021

The private equity space may have been slower to embrace cutting-edge technology than their hedge fund counterparts, but the market boom and fierce competition are shifting the landscape towards tech solutions. This report explores the new technological landscape in PE, including tech solutions for cybersecurity, five questions to assess your fundraising operations, the need for integration, and an appeal to ‘share the love’ with GPs

 
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