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3 August 2012

Marley Coffee stirs it up with $4m funding deal

coffee-beans_­sq Organic coffee company Jammin Java, which does business as Marley Coffee, has signed a $4m funding deal with senior secured debt provider TCA Global Credit Master Fund and alternative investment firm Fairhills Capital Management.

3 August 2012

Carlyle, PAI make second round bid for Schneider Electric US sensor arm

sensor-wind-anemometer A consortium comprising private equity firms Carlyle and PAI Partners have entered the race for French engineering company Schneider Electric’s US arm, it is understood.

3 August 2012

Mobile payment network LevelUp adds $9m from corporate venture firm T-Venture

Mobile payment network LevelUp has raised $9m in venture capital from Deutsche Telekom's venture capital arm T-Venture, as well as other individual investors.

3 August 2012

Sustainable chemicals company Genomatica raises $41.5m in Series D, shelves IPO

Sustainable chemicals company Genomatica has raised $41.5m in a Series D round, with commitments from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and VantagePoint Capital Partners, but has withdrawn its initial public offering.

3 August 2012

Lok Capital leads $7.1m Vistaar financing

Mumbai-based social investment firm Lok Capital has led a $7.1m financing round for enterprise finance company Vistaar Financial Services.

3 August 2012

Car-sharing service Getaround drives off with $13.9m from Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer, Eric Schmidt

Car-sharing service Getaround has closed its $13.9m Series A financing led by Menlo Ventures with additional participation from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, A-Grade Investments and Innovation Endeavors, the venture arm of Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

2 August 2012

PE firms, overseas businesses dominate UK financial services M&A $

Private equity firms including Bridgepoint and Duke Street and overseas-owned businesses were the biggest net acquirers of financial services companies in the UK during the first half of the year, according to new research.

2 August 2012

I2BF aims to grow algae-maker Solix through $36m Series C

algae I2BF Global Ventures has upped its investment in industrial algae cultivator Solix Biosystems by leading a $31m financing round.

2 August 2012

Israeli tech startup Cortica raises $7m from Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons, Ynon Kreiz

chemicals5_lrg Israeli image recognition company Cortica has received a $7m investment from Horizons Ventures, the venture capital fund owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, and former Endemol CEO Ynon Kreiz.

2 August 2012

Oaktree Capital to sell stake in listed low cost airline Spirit

Investment management group Oaktree Capital Management is to sell its entire stake in listed low cost airline Spirit Airlines through a public offering.

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