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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…

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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…

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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.

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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