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Americas

PE firms circle Acuris sale: Financial Times

The owner of Mergermarket, which is up for sale, has drawn interest from private equity firms including Hellman & Friedman and Advent International in the U.S., as well as Apax Partners and EQT in Europe, the Financial Times reported. Acuris, which owns Mergermarket, could sell for $1.3 billion, according to press reports.Read More

Insight Venture Partners promotes Wardi, Gatto

Insight Venture Partners said Jan. 23 that Teddie Wardi and Matt Gatto were elevated to managing director. Other promotions were also announced.Read More

HGGC to sell Davies Group stake

HGGC said Jan. 23 that it agreed to sell a minority stake in in Davies Group Ltd to to Alberta Investment Management Corp. Financial terms weren’t announced. Davies, of London, provides claims solutions, insurance services and customer experience programs to customers in highly regulated markets, including insurance, financial services, utilities,...

DeRosa joins DCS Global

DCS Global said Jan. 23 that that Dominick DeRosa has joined the company as its chief growth officer. DeRosa most recently served as SVP of commercial strategy and partnerships at nThrive. DCS Global is a portfolio company of Tritium Partners.Read More

Aquiline-backed ClearCourse buys Clear Direct Debit

ClearCourse Partnership LLP, which is backed by Aquiline Capital Partners, said Jan. 23 that it acquired Clear Direct Debit. Financial terms weren’t announced. Clear Direct Debit, of Redhill, U.K., provides direct debit processing services to more than 75 organizations.Read More

Asia Pacific

Japanese groups invest £4.2bn in the UK and Ireland between 2013 and 2017, reveals new M&A report by Livingstone

Transaction values in UK and Ireland reached £978m from Japanese group acquisitions in 2017230 middle market companies acquired across the globe by Japanese groups – up 13% from 2016 Global increase in total transaction values globally to £15.9bn in 2017 –up 15% Europe continued to experience high buyer interest from Japan in 2017, with average...

Japan heading for biggest M&A spree in the U.S.

Japan is on track this year for its biggest acquisition spree in the US as advisers tell chief executives to pounce on deals while Chinese companies are hampered by trade war tensions. The advice of bankers and lawyers to accelerate US-targeted deals has intensified over recent months in line with both the surge in trade war rhetoric and the perception...

Asia-Pacific predicted to continue to dominate M&A activity In H2 2018

Intralinks has issued its Deal Flow Predictor for the fourth quarter of 2018. In the second half of the year, growth in the global number of announced deals will resume (after a first-half pause) at roughly 7% year over year. The strongest growth in announcements will come from technology (Intralinks calls this the TMT sector because tech includes...

HNA turns M&A norms around again

Everyone used to want to be on the sell side; now they want to be on the buy side.In recent months, there has been a new game in Hong Kong investment banking called ‘Distance yourself from HNA’. It is easy to play. On the way up, everyone wanted to advise HNA, the acquisitive-though-opaque Chinese conglomerate whose big holdings include stakes in...

A Fond Farewell and Look Back at Eight Years

A recap of our favorite Private Equity Beat blog posts from over the years. Read More

Europe

M&A deals targeting UK and Ireland continue to outstrip jurisdictions outside of the US in Q3

374 deals targeting UK assets announced in the third quarter of 2018– down 6% compared to Q2UK Energy and pharma sector grow 200% and 123% respectively in Q3160 (43>#/b###) of deals were foreign investments in UK assetsUK and Ireland second only to the USA with 1,397 deals, coming ahead of key players Germany, China and India New data from Livingstone,...

Aurum Ventures and Direct Insurance Join Investment in KidneyCure

KidneyCure is an Israeli biotech company developing a novel cell-therapy approach to treat advanced Chronic Kidney Disease patients KidneyCure has raised $4 million earmarked for establishing Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) procedures and readiness for First in Human clinical trial KidneyCure Ltd, a biotech company developing a novel...

RED Capital Partners to launch EMEA’s largest VC fund investing in high-growth tech companies founded or co-founded by women

RED Capital Partners to launch RED Ventures Fund I, the first Europe and Israel-focused venture capital fund that will invest exclusively in female-led or co-led companies.RED Ventures Fund I channels the exchange of technology between Israeli and European companies and opens opportunities for Israeli companies to enter the European market. With...

M&A activity on AIM drops 28% in a year as companies shelve plans amidst Brexit uncertainty

However, Private Equity buyers hold their nerve M&A activity on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) dropped 28%* last year, with 21 deals taking place in 2017/18, down from 29 in 2016/17, as companies shelve plans amidst Brexit uncertainty, says UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group. The value of AIM M&A transactions involving...

Maven leads £1m investment in water technologies business G2O

Pioneering water technology business will create new R&D jobs in County Durham following investment in NETPark laboratory Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity firms, has led a £1m series B investment in Sedgefield, County Durham based water treatment technology business, G2O Water Technologies ...

Mena

Roquette invests in Israeli seed breeding company Equinom

The companies signed an agreement to develop high-protein pea varieties for food markets Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients for Food, Nutrition and Health markets and a pioneer in new vegetal proteins, and Equinom Ltd., an innovative Israel based breeding technology company, have signed a partnership agreement for the development...

Maitland acquires Talaria, launches Maitland Family Office

Cross-border specialist wealth service likely to appeal to those needing offshore estate planning Maitland, the global advisory and administration firm, has announced the formation of Maitland Family Office, a multi-family office to service high net worth families, individuals and entrepreneurs in South Africa. The new entity will be one of the...

MENA drops 57.6% in value of M&A

The value of mergers and acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa region declined by 57.6 per cent in 2017, despite the deal count maintaining almost the same level as the previous year, according to Mergermarket, a provider of M&A data and intelligence. For full year 2017, 126 deals worth approximately $16 billion (Dh58.76 billion) were recorded...

Private equity consortium invests into supplier of corporate and promotional apparel

A private equity consortium comprising RMB Corvest, RMB Ventures and Ethos Mid Market Fund have, alongside management, acquired 100% of Kevro, Africa’s largest value-add supplier of corporate and promotional apparel, and other brandable products.  Kevro was acquired from Ethos Fund VI, which had owned a 72% stake in the group since 2011 and...

European business deals with Iran are safe, says Tillerson

AFP Last updated: October 22, 2017 The United States does not intend to disrupt European business deals with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in comments published Friday.Tillerson, speaking one week after President Donald Trump refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal and left its fate to the US Congress,...

International

ZEDRA Group announces long-term strategic partnership with Corsair Capital

ZEDRA Group (“ZEDRA”), the global specialist in trust, corporate and fund services, today announced that Corsair Capital LLC (“Corsair”), one of the longest-standing private equity firms focused on the financial services industry, has made a majority investment in ZEDRA.  Corsair has a long and successful track record of growing financial...

HRtech M&A achieves record transaction volumes

Innovative recruitment, talent management and payroll and benefits technologies are driving HRtech M&ACompanies having to integrate HRtech to win the race for talent and adapt to the fast-evolving nature of work The latest HRtech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, shows that 2018...

GDPR Burdens Hinder M&A Transactions in the EMEA Region, According to Merrill Corporation Survey

Merrill Corporation survey highlights future challenges for EMEA dealmakers when complying with regulations, accelerating deals and harnessing the power of data. An increasing number of M&A transactions may be stalling because of concerns over GDPR compliance, according to a survey of EMEA M&A professionals conducted by Merrill Corporation, the...

Argos Wityu invests in the world market leader of inflatable floating waterparks, Wibit Sports

With Argos Wityu as a strategic partner, the pioneer for floating waterparks aims to drive further internationalization and expand its successful business modelContinuity in the top management: the founders of Wibit Sports will continue to lead the company in the long termSecond investment by Argos Wityu in Germany within two monthsThe...

TNS further targets unattended and e-commerce payments with ADVAM acquisition

Transaction Network Services (TNS) announces it has agreed to acquire unattended and eCommerce payments specialist ADVAM in a transaction which strengthens TNS’ core payment capabilities and which will allow TNS to further target the payments market across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, ADVAM...