Industries: eCommerce

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private equity investment in India is booming, according to the latest report by Grant Thornton. The report shows PE investment jumped by 64% in value terms in May. The region attracted $663 million worth of private equity investment during the month, driven by big-ticket investments.   Deal value improving, but deal numbers declining   While the deal value increased in [...]

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the near Future?

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the ...

New Study by Roland Berger and Swiss Finance Startups Switzerland must seize the FinTech opportunity now! Download the Swiss FinTech Study here ·      The rapid worldwide development of startups in the FinTech industry will lead to significant shifts in the global financial industry. ·      Innovations in the FinTech area lead to a fragmentation of the value chain and thus drive [...]

Indian Private Equity Benefitting from Online Boom

Indian Private Equity Benefitting from Online Boom

  India’s economy is doing well, with the economy expected to grow the fastest this year. The new confidence boost in the country has also breathed in new life into the private equity sector. One of the biggest sectors driving the private equity rekindling is the e-commerce sector and the online boom in general.   Increase in Investments   We [...]

Private Equity Firm Apax Acquires Quality Distribution

Private Equity Firm Apax Acquires Quality ...

A North American logistics and transportation provider, Quality Distribution, has announced it is going to be acquired by the private equity firm Apax. The deal is going to be worth around $800 million. The deal is another major merger and acquisition announcement in the logistics and transportation sector.   The Details of the Deal According to the official statement, the [...]

Venture Capital Goes from Silicon Valley to the Middle East

Venture Capital Goes from Silicon Valley to the ...

Who are the seasoned VC firms that are seeking early stage deals in the largely untapped Middle East and Northern African technology ecosystem? The answer came this week from a reporter at WAMDA. The list of VCs include Rocket Internet which although European is the biggest early stage investor, Fenox which opened office recently, Lumia Capital (Series B funding for [...]

Private Equity Firm Hellman & Friedman Looking to Buy Auto Trader

Private Equity Firm Hellman & Friedman Looking ...

US-based private equity firms have been actively seeking European companies from the start of the year and another big bid might be on the way. Reports on Sunday suggest that Hellman & Friedman is set to launch a takeover bid for Auto Trader in the UK.   Potential Deal According to the Sunday Times, the private equity firm is proposing [...]

ClickTale Raises $35 Million With the Help of Private Equity Firm KKR

ClickTale Raises $35 Million With the Help of ...

Israeli company, ClickTale, has announced it has raised $35 million in its most recent funding round. The company, which provides software to allow website owners see what people do on their site, managed to raise most of the funds with the help of the private equity firm KKR.   ClickTale Looking for Global Growth The aim of the fund is [...]

Online Retailer The Hut Says No to 2014 IPO

Online Retailer The Hut Says No to 2014 IPO

The Hut Group, who trade online as The Hut at http://www.thehut.com/, has been one of the fastest growing online retailers in recent times, establishing itself as a market leader in a competitive marketplace that has traditionally been dominated by eBay and Amazon.   The performance of The Hut Group, which has had investment from and returned cash to private equity [...]

Two More Highly Valued Internet Startups Secure Funding

Two More Highly Valued Internet Startups Secure ...

This week two large rounds were announced for Internet platform providers, specifically Evernote and 1stdibs (first dibs). Evernote, which runs a notes-recording and publishing platform, confirmed that it raised USD 70 million in a deal that valued the web-based notes company at a billion dollars, according to TechCrunch.   The Series D  round for the software company is meant to [...]

Ahold Acquires bol.com from PE Backers

Ahold Acquires bol.com from PE Backers

This week food retailer Royal Ahold NV announced that it will acquire bol.com for EUR350 million, according to the WSJ. The transaction is meant to broaden Ahold’s product offering, to include books, TVs and dishwashers.  Ahold also owns online grocery stores in the US and Netherlands, namely Peapod.com and Albert.nl.   The sellers of bol.com are two PE companies, Cyrte [...]

Online Shopping’s Accelerating Growth Curve

Online Shopping’s Accelerating Growth Curve

In two other articles in this issue we highlight ecommerce dealmaking, specifically early stage investments in Brazil's ecommerce sector and M&A activity by Dutch food giant Ahold, with its acquisition of bol.com.  New market research suggests why these companies are investing now. Forrester Research released data in a new report this week about the US market. US sales topped USD [...]