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3 August 2012

Main Capital seals first investment from new fund

Fresh from completing the first closing of its latest fund, Dutch private equity firm Main Capital has bought a majority stake in Sofon, a company that makes configuration, pricing and quoting software for businesses including Philips and Ricoh.

3 August 2012

Digital advertising company Connexity adds $3m seed round

Digital advertising company Connexity has closed a $3m seed funding round led by early stage web investor Rincon Venture Partners, with participation from Siemer Ventures, Persistence Partners and Fastclick co-founders Jeff Pryor and Dave Gross.

3 August 2012

Baird Venture Partners sells Pinstripe to Accel-KKR

Baird Venture Partners, the US-based venture capital fund of Baird Private Equity, has sold recruitment process outsourcing provider Pinstripe to Accel-KKR.

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round, with commitments from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and VantagePoint Capital Partners, but has withdrawn its initial public offering.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

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