Happy Friday! This week, tech.eu tracked 17 technology M&A transactions and 63 funding deals (totalling €162 million) in Europe and Israel.
Like every week, we listed every single one of them in our free weekly newsletter, along with interesting news regarding fledgling European startups, tech investors old and new, a number of good reads published elsewhere, government and policy news, as well as an overview of interesting lists, facts and figures from a wide variety of sources.
You can subscribe to our newsletter below to receive all this information in your inbox every Friday afternoon for free, but here’s an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for this week:
**1)** UK’s Trainline bought French startup Captain Train for up to $189 million. Index Ventures' Martin Mignot, an investor in the company, wrote about the deal and Captain Train's strong focus on UX.
**2)** Leovegas went public on the Nasdaq First North in Stockholm at a €300 million valuation and rose to a market cap of €430 million in the first hours of trading.
**3)** Google's venture arm, GV, completed its seventh investment in Europe, leading a $21 million Series B in UK-based bioscience firm Cambridge Epigenetix.
**4)** There were 10 rounds greater than €10 million in Europe and Israel this week: M-Files (Finland, €33 million), Future Finance (UK, £19 million), LendInvest (UK, £17 million), Conceptomed (Norway, $11.9 million), Alooma (Israel, $11.2 million), Rombit (Belgium, €10 million) and Cambridge Epigenetix.
**5)** Austrlian company Aconex bought Germany-based Conject for €65m. Seventure and Earlybird VC were investors in the company.
**6)** French VC CapHorn Invest announced the first closing of its second fund at €100 million, with a goal of reaching €125 million
**7)** SoundCloud signed a licensing deal with Sony Music, which means that it has locked up all the deals it needs for a paid service that's expected to be launched before the end of the year.
**8)** Spotify agreed to pay more than $20 million to music publishers to settle a long-running and complex dispute over licensing. The music streaming giant also announced this week that it's hired top Microsoft lawyer Horacio Gutierrez as General Counsel.
**Bonus link**: Inside the Brussels tech lobbying bubble: How US tech giants dominate conversations at Europe’s dinner table.