This Week in European Tech: OpenText acquires UK-listed Micro Focus for £5 billion, Celonis raises $1 billion, thirdweb makes Web3 easier, and more

Here's a roundup of this week's biggest European Tech funding rounds, exits, 'other news' that you might have missed, and a compendium of must-read articles on all things #EUtech.
This Week in European Tech: OpenText acquires UK-listed Micro Focus for £5 billion, Celonis raises $1 billion, thirdweb makes Web3 easier, and more

This week, our research team tracked more than 70 tech funding deals worth over €2.3 billion, and over 15 exits, M&A transactions, rumours, and related news stories across Europe.

As always, we are putting all of them together for you in a list sent in our round-up newsletter next Monday (note: the full list is for paying customers only, and also comes in the form of a handy downloadable spreadsheet).

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With that said, let's get down to business with the biggest European tech news items for the past couple of days (subscribe to our free newsletter to get this round-up in your inbox).

What happened this week in European Tech?


>> Notable and big funding rounds

Munich-based process mining platform Celonis has raised $1 billion in funding to reach a valuation of almost $13 billion. The $1 billion in liquidity is split between a $400 million equity portion, and tapping a revolving credit facility to obtain access to as much as $600 million with a syndicate of leading global banks.

UK’s Propel Finance completes first private securitisation as part of €592 million financing round

SME lender Capital on Tap secures £200 million from JP Morgan, Triple Point

Building a more connected virtual world, metaverse avatar platform Ready Player Me tops ups with $56 million

BITLEVEX, an Estonia-based investment platform building a diverse range of financial services, announced that it had secured an investment facility totaling $50 million from GEM Digital Limited, a Bahamas-based digital asset investment firm.

At a time when lending to small businesses in the U.K. has hit an all-time low, London-based SME financial services platform Muse Finance has raised $20 million in a debt facility round.


>> Noteworthy acquisitions, mergers, IPOs and SPAC deals

UK tech could lose another London-listed firm to a foreign acquisition as Canadian software company OpenText is planning to acquire Berkshire’s Micro Focus, in a $6 billion deal.

Zuora, a California-headquartered, cloud-based subscription management platform provider, announced on Wednesday that it has acquired London-based Zephr, a subscription experience platform. As per the agreement, Zuora will acquire Zephr for $44M (approximately €43.9M) in cash payable at close, plus an earnout of up to $6M (approximately €5.9M), subject to certain financial objectives.

New York-based LexisNexis, a legal tech company, announced that it has acquired Utrecht-based Caselex, a provider of merger control intelligence. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Focus Cloud, a London-based IT recruitment group, announced on Tuesday that it has acquired a specialist Microsoft recruitment firm, Cognitive Group, to form a new global brand named Focus Cloud Group. 


>> Interesting moves from investors

Polish venture capital firm Inovo VC has rolled out its third fund, with the target of €100 million to support CEE-based tech companies with global potential.

Climentum (climate+momentum) Capital has pulled back the curtain and revealed soon-to-be former Head of Ventures, ABB Electrification, Malin Carlström as the shrouded figure.

British renewable energy group specialising in sustainable energy, Octopus Energy Group has unveiled a €220 million fund to drive new green power generation to reduce Europe’s gas reliance. 

Bayern, Germany-based Personio, announced that it has launched a call for applications for “exceptional” non-profit organisations working in the fields of climate change mitigation and education to join Personio Foundation’s Impact Portfolio.


>> In other (important) news

The UK government has unveiled a £20m plan to upgrade electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure that will see 1,000 charge points installed across the country ahead of the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales.


>> Recommended reads and listens

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Lloyd’s refuses to cover nation-state attacks: What it means to enterprises

How Russia-Ukraine cyberwar is impacting orgs: Two-thirds say they have been targeted

10 greentech startups tackling Europe’s waste problem

Belgian game sector is booming

Investments are slowing down around the world. Poland as a "green island" for VC?

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