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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round, with commitments from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and VantagePoint Capital Partners, but has withdrawn its initial public offering.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.

2 August 2012

Endless sells Phoenix Foods to Speciality Powders Holdings

Endless has sold Phoenix Foods - a maker of powdered drinks and foods and one of the UK turnaround firm’s last investments from its first fund - to strategic buyer Specialty Powders Holdings (SPH).

2 August 2012

US agency rejects Blackstone-backed APT loan application

oil-ship_lrg American Petroleum Tankers, a shipping business backed by global buyout giant Blackstone, has had its application for $340m taxpayer-backed loan guarantees rejected by a US agency due to concerns over the company's ability to repay the debt.

2 August 2012

BaltCap seals second energy deal with Estonian wind farm investment

BaltCap has made its second investment in the energy sector by backing the construction of an 18MW Estonian wind farm.

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