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Private Equity Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to a report from Pitchbook. 

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Venture Capital: Atomico’s Fifth Fund Eclipses $750M Target; Raises $820M
February 20, 2020

Atomico, the immensely successful venture capital firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, raised $820 million for its fifth fund. Atomico V will primarily invest these funds in startups raising money…
FinTech: Singapore’s Grab To Get $700M Investment From Mitsubishi UFG-Reports
February 20, 2020

Grab, one of the largest fintech apps used by millions of users to hail rides, order food and make payments, will receive a $700 million investment from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial…
DailyAlts PlayBook – Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Virgin Galactic, and More – February 20, 2020
February 20, 2020

The DailyAlts Playbook talks about Bloomberg’s Debate, “Summer” as a Verb, Victoria’s Secret Sale, and Goldman’s Warning.
FinTech: The LendingClub-Radius Bank Deal Could be the Precursor to Many More
February 20, 2020

The tables have turned. There was a time when banks sought to acquire fintechs for their technology and customer reach. But the acquisition of Radius Bancorp by LendingClub (NYSE: LC)…
Digital Assets: Perpetrator of $147M Gemcoin Fraud Faces 10 Years in Prison
February 20, 2020

Over 70,000 victims lost $147 million in Gemcoins – the cryptocurrency that never was. There may be hope yet that the victims of the elaborate fraud committed by Steve Chen…
Preqin: Private Debt Fundraising Lagged in 2019
February 19, 2020

A new report from Preqin shows that private debt activity slowed down over 2019. Dealmaking also lagged from 2018. The report shows that more than 200 private debt funds closed…
Liquid Alternatives: Franklin Templeton Buys Legg Mason in $6.5B Deal
February 19, 2020

Franklin Templeton will become a $1.5 trillion behemoth after its acquisition, announced Tuesday, of rival Legg Mason for $6.5 billion including debt. It will pay $50 per share of Legg…
Digital Assets: BitGo Goes The Whole Nine Yards; Buys Harbor, Subsidiaries and All
February 19, 2020

BitGo, the leader in crypto custody services, acquires Harbor, the top name in digital securities. It’s a diversification move aimed at a role in the entire transaction chain of digital…
FinTech: LendingClub Is The First Fintech To Acquire a Bank
February 19, 2020

Personal lending platform LendingClub has agreed to acquire FDIC-regulated, Boston-based online bank Radius Bancorp in a cash (75%)-cum-stock (25%) deal worth $185 million. This is the first time that a…
Venture Capital: Polychain Capital to Raise $200M To Back Crypto Startups
February 19, 2020

Polychain Capital’s second venture fund, which targets a war chest of $200 million, opened at the beginning of 2020. The crypto venture fund is accepting minimum investments of $1 million…

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