This week, our research team tracked 129 deals funding deals worth close to €2.4 billion in total, as well as 21 exits and relatied stories across Europe, including Russia, Israel, and Turkey.
As always, we are putting all of them together for you in a handy list sent in our round-up newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only).
Recently, we also started publishing 'Today in European Tech', a daily round-up of deals and news stories that caught our attention. Keeping you updated on all things EU tech is our priority!
Today, instead of a daily round-up we give you an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items for the past week (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this round-up in your inbox every Monday morning).
1) Wise has confirmed plans for a direct listing in London
Wise, the UK payments group formerly known as Transferwise, has confirmed plans to go public in what will be the first direct listing of a tech firm in London. The company said it has been profitable since 2017 and sales hit £421 million this year. The float could reportedly value the company at as much as £9 billion.
— Oscar Williams-Grut (@OscarWGrut) June 18, 2021
2) JP Morgan chases Nutmeg acquisition in $1 billion deal
Subject to regulatory approval, JPMorgan Chase, the fourth-largest bank on the planet (in total assets) has confirmed its intent to acquire London’s longtime fintech player, Nutmeg in a reportedly $1 billion deal. Founded in 2011 by Nick Hungerford and William Todd, Nutmeg has a customer base of over 140,000 investors with over £3.5 billion of assets under management.
JPMorgan buys UK-based digital wealth manager Nutmeg, which has 140K+ customers and about $5B in assets under management; sources say deal is worth about $1B (@simonwsj / Wall Street Journal)https://t.co/aQ2XEGr7NPhttps://t.co/s43esEWQbV
— Techmeme (@Techmeme) June 18, 2021
3) Scaling Up Europe: A plan to level up from Macron and friends
Announced in December 2020 by French president Emmanuel Macron, the Scale-Up Europe initiative brings together more than 200 members of the European tech ecosystem (entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, corporates and public decision makers). This week at Vivatech, after several months of consultation, the recommendations drawn up by the initiative were presented to Macron at the Elysée Palace. The French President said he wants to foster 10 European tech giants valued at €100 billion by 2030.
France will "try to deliver a maximum of regulation and progress" during its EU presidency, Emmanuel Macron said today. He also wants to foster 10 European tech giants worth 100 billion euros by 2030. https://t.co/yWD719A6Zn
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) June 16, 2021
4) Made, Listed
Made.com, the online furniture retailer, has endured a rocky start to its London stock market flotation with shares falling as much as 9%. The UK firm, which also operates a small network of stores, said ahead of the start of trading on Wednesday that it would list its shares at 200p - giving it a market value of £775.3 million.
Online furniture seller Made shares tumble after £775m placement on its first day of trading on the London Stock Exchange https://t.co/yBw5oIf1EP
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 16, 2021
5) How About You went public in Frankfurt
German fashion e-commerce company About You has jumped as much as 17% on its first trading day in Frankfurt, bolstered by investor expectations that easing lockdown restrictions will boost sales of its party and evening wear.
Online fashion retailer About You jumps as much as 17% on its first trading day in Frankfurt https://t.co/LKynUkkNGx
— Bloomberg Markets (@markets) June 16, 2021
6) Norwegian software giant Visma picks up Holded
Scandinavian accounting and admin software maker Visma has acquired Holded, an ERP and accounting platform hailing from Barcelona, for more than €120 million.
Visma, the Scandinavian accounting and admin software maker valued at more than $12 billion, has acquired Barcelona-based ERP and accounting platform company Holded for more than €120 million.https://t.co/pUqAAZPt5N
— Tech.eu (@tech_eu) June 18, 2021
7) Young podcaster scores $140 million worth of funds for his side business
Harry Stebbings, a 24-year-old law school dropout from south-west London who, as a teenager started a popular podcast about tech investing, has raised $140 million in new funds to back tech startups.
6 years ago I recorded my first 20VC episode from my mother's kitchen and asked if we could unplug the home phone.
Today we announce two new 20VC Funds:
$1M - $5Mhttps://t.co/9hop0q8lvq
— Harry Stebbings (@HarryStebbings) June 16, 2021
8) Listed VC firm Draper Esprit goes looking for more dry powder
London’s publicly-listed VC firm Draper Esprit has announced its intention to raise £111 million via the PrimaryBid platform.
— Jason Ball (@jasonball) June 14, 2021
9) Naspers' Prosus buys The Netherlands' GoodHabitz in €212 million deal
Prosus — the international assets holding arm of South African multinational Naspers, has announced tday that it has acquired a majority stake in GoodHabitz – a provider of online training for businesses. The deal was completed for approx €212 million.
We’re happy to welcome Prosus on board!
Just like us, this leading investor has made it their mission to democratise quality education to everyone around the world.
Talk about a natural fit! Read the complete news announcement at https://t.co/1spgX1R2Qk pic.twitter.com/y0MaQdGRdY
— GoodHabitz (@GoodHabitzHQ) June 15, 2021
10) London fintech scale-up 10x raised $187 million to boost growth
10x Future Technologies, a London-based fintech startup that helps larger, established banks build both next-generation services as well as tools to help their older services work more efficiently, has raised $187 million.
Antony Jenkins, the former Barclays CEO, is celebrating a $178m fundraising success from his fintech firm 10x Future Technologieshttps://t.co/eGz2Oxzxr1#fintech #FintechNews #Barclays #banker #banks #fundraising #investing #business
— City A.M. (@CityAM) June 16, 2021
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- Here’s how the European Commission intends to ‘greenify’ innovation with €14.7 billion worth of research funds.
- After four years of strained relations between Washington and Brussels, US President Joe Biden this week agreed a series of new joint measures with the EU on research, technology and trade.
- IBM and the Fraunhofer Institute in Munich, Germany, unveiled a collaborative effort in the form of an IBM Quantum System One computer. IBM said it is Europe's first and most powerful quantum computer.
- British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is selling the original code for the World Wide Web as a non-fungible token (NFT) with a starting bid of $1,000. Digitally-signed source code documents written by the computer scientist three decades ago will go under the hammer next week.
- "Europe's unicorn herd grows bigger and faster in 2021” (PitchBook)
- Big Tech is likely to face more privacy enforcements — and more fines — in the European Union, thanks to a major ruling by the union's highest court in a case involving Facebook.
- Scaling up internationally from France: le good, la bad and l’ugly
- Russian lawmakers passed legislation on Thursday that would oblige US tech giants to open offices in Russia by January 2022 or face punitive measures, part of a push by Russia to beef up what it calls internet "sovereignty".