Term Sheet — Monday, March 20

March 20, 2017, 1:27 PM UTC
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Good morning! It's me, your regular host, back from vacation. I actually succeeded in unplugging so this morning'a agenda is catching up on three weeks worth of news (Snap IPO! Greyball! Trump tax plan!) and wading through approximately 73482457018349028341903275679432 emails.

If you want to make my morning o' inbox arbitrage a little more fun, I welcome all tips, scoops and gossip. (Reminder: You can send Term Sheet an anonymous tip right here.)

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Laura Entis, who puts together the deal listings every day and managed everything seamlessly while I was gone, as well as my editor Andrew Nusca, and our excellent guest columnists. Here they are again, with links to their Twitter profiles so you can follow:

Beezer Clarkson and Nino Marakovic on exits, John Kell on big food M&A, Jen Wieczner on the Snap IPO, Mark Suster on the state of VC investing, Stephen Gandel on Trump and private equity, Robert Hackett on cybersecurity and the Flaming Lips, Michal Lev-Ram on the death of Twitter, Matt Heimer on cosmetics and beer M&A, and Leigh Gallagher on Airbnb.

Also, good news if you missed any of these: Our tech team has spruced up Term Sheet's online archives, making them significantly easier to read. Find them here.

I'll be back with news and commentary tomorrow. Onto the links and deals!


Uber loses its President after six months. Uber pushing for arbitration in Waymo lawsuit.

Martin Shkreli musical.

Airbnb wants to revolutionize flying.

LeEco is trying to sell land in Silicon Valley.

Trump wants to revitalize infrastructure; his budget could make it worse.

Snap shares fall below $20.


Private equity wins, even if it loses. A trinity of predicaments for private equity in India. The rise of the optimized cabin. A profile on Bill Gurley amid the Uber chaos. Taking on Alibaba's fakes.


KNIME, a Swiss data science company, raised €20 million ($21.5 million) in funding from INVUS, according to Tech.eu. Read more.

Akeneo, a French provider of of open-source product information management software, raised $13 million in funding from Partech Ventures and Alven Capital.

Nested, a London platform for homeowners that guarantees to sell a house within 90 days, raised £8 million ($9.9 million) in funding, according to TechCrunch. Passion Capital led the round, and was joined by Balderton Capital, and GFC. Read more.

FarmLead, a Chicago online grain marketplace, raised $6.5 million in Series A funding. Monsanto Growth Ventures led the round, and was joined by Avrio Ventures, the MaRS Innovation Accelerator Fund, and Serra Ventures.

Piwik PRO, a Polish open-source analytics platform, raised $2 million in Series A funding. Warsaw Equity Group led the round. [This item has been updated to include the correct link.]

ShadeCraft, a Pasadena, Calif. robotics startup, raised $2 million in seed funding.


MedLumics, a Madrid-based cardiac device company, raised €34.4 million ($37 million) in Series B funding. Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners led the round, and was joined by Seroba Life Sciences, Innogest Capital, Ysios Capital Partners, and Caixa Capital Risc.

Advicenne, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, raised €16 million ($17.2 million) in funding. Investors include IRDI SORIDEC Gestion, Cemag Invest, MI Care, InnoBio, and IXO Private Equity.

Aetion, a New York City healthcare technology company, raised $11.2 million in Series A funding. Flare Capital Partners led the round, and was joined by Lakestar.


Hansteen Holdings (LSE:HSTN) agreed to sell its German and Dutch property portfolios to the Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) and M7 Real Estate for €1.28 billion ($1.38 billion). Read more.

Unilever (LSE:ULVR) is getting ready to sell some of its food brands, including its “spreads” business, in a deal valued at £6 billion ($7.4 billion), according to the Sunday Times. Bain Capital, CVC, and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice were listed as potential bidders. Read more.

Cision, a Chicago-based public relations software provider backed by GTCR, has agreed to combine with Capitol Acquisition Corp. III, a blank check company. After the merger, Cision will become a publicly traded company with an expected enterprise value of about $2.4 billion. [Update: A previous version of this item misidentified it as an exit for GTCR. The private equity firm will retain 100% of its equity stake in Cision post-merger.]


Vodafone Group (LSE:VOD) and Idea Cellular (NSEI:IDEA) agreed to merge their Indian operations in a deal valued at $23 billion, according to Reuters. Read more.


ProPetro Holding, a Midland, Texas-based oilfield services company backed by Energy Capital Partners, raised $350 million in an IPO by offering 25 million shares at $14 per share, below its expected range of $16 to $19.

Netmarble Games, a Seoul, South Korea-based mobile game company backed by Tencent (SEHK:700), said it plans to raise up to ₩2.66 trillion ($2.35 billion) in an initial public offering. Read more.

TPG founding partner David Bonderman has scrapped plans to take the private equity firm public, according to the New York Post. Read more.


Renovo Capital sold Andronico’s Community Markets, an Emeryville, Calif.-based operator of specialty grocery stores, to Safeway Inc. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.


Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) is seeking to raise $20 billion for a new private-equity fund, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Maria Karaivanova and Alice Ryder have joined Madrona Venture Group as a principal and the director of investor relations and business development, respectively. Karaivanova previously worked at Cloudflare, while Ryder was most recently vice president of investor relations at King Digital.

Steve Hunter has joined Croft & Bender as a managing director.

Justin Wexler has joined WndrCo as an investor. Previously he was an investor at Technology Crossover Ventures.


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