Today in European Tech: Wise valued at $11 billion in direct listing, a $235 million round for AnyVision, Hopin buys Attendify, and more

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Here’s what happened today in European Tech.

Deals

Fintech scale-up Wise was valued at 7.95 billion pounds ($11 billion) on its market debut through direct listing, making it the largest ever tech listing in London by market capitalisation.

Israeli AI-based face recognition startup AnyVision has completed a $235 million Series C funding round led by SoftBank and Eldridge Industries.

CASAFARI, which operates a real estate data platform in Europe, has secured a $120 million mandate from private equity investors, such as Geneva-based investment group Stoneweg, to be deployed in a buy-to-let strategy targeting the acquisition of fragmented units in residential and commercial real estate. Additionally, the company has also raised a $15 million Series A equity investment led by Prudence Holdings.

– Well it’s a heady day over at virtual events platform Hopin. Only just over two years old now, the London-based unicorn has announced the acquisition of competitor Attendify, thereby expanding its event marketing suite offer. This marks Hopin’s fifth acquisition in the past year, and they’re clearly angling to be the winner of the virtual events pile.

Israeli cybersecurity company Deep Instinct announced a new $68 million investment by Chrysalis Investments.

France-born fashion e-tailer Spartoo went public on Euronext at a market capitalisation of €118.7 million, raising €27.3 million in its IPO.

Swedish integrated payment solution platform Juni has raised $21.5 million. The fintech was founded in 2020, and officially launched barely four months ago.

Peer-to-peer university recruitment platform Unibuddy has raised $20 million to fuel efforts in the US and APAC regions, aiming to serve 10 million students by 2025. To date, the startup has raised $32 million.

– We also tracked a large number of (other) European tech funding rounds and M&A transactions, all of which we are putting in a handy list for you on Friday afternoon in our weekly roundup newsletter (note: the full list is for paying customers only). Also check out our European tech news section for ongoing coverage.

Worth Reading/Knowing

European startups are raising more money than ever before, producing a class of tech companies with valuations comparable to peers in the US and Asia. But after a record-breaking start to the year, even some of the industry’s biggest cheerleaders are starting to worry that the momentum isn’t sustainable.

– The Chinese owner of a Dutch chip firm that wants to buy the UK’s largest chip plant is heavily backed by the Chinese Communist Party, according to analysis from Chinese investment screening specialists Datenna.

– The European Parliament has approved a controversial law that would allow digital companies to detect and report child sexual abuse on their platforms for the next three years.

EuroVC has published its Q2 ’21 European VC fundraising note.

Nvidia said it opened what it claims is the fastest UK supercomputer to outside researchers that include both academic scientists and commercial firms such as AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

Atom Bank, the UK’s app-based bank, achieved two significant milestones this week when it exceeded £3 billion of residential mortgage completions and on the same day hit £1 billion in deposits into its Instant Saver accounts.

GoCardless, a UK fintech specialised in account-to-account payments, has joined forces with Pennylane, the first financial management and accounting platform designed for companies and their accountants, to offer SMEs and start-ups a way to manage and collect recurring payments.

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