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One year ago today, journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was then beaten, tortured, murdered, and dismembered.
On the political side, President Trump pledged "to get to the bottom of it," and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to "hold all of those responsible accountable."
Corporate America, on the other hand, seemed at least willing to publicly shame MBS.
But apparently a year heals all wounds, unless you've been slaughtered.
The big picture: Most of these big companies never stopped doing business with the Saudis. Or, in the case of Wall Street, trying to get Saudi business. That's particularly true when it comes to big-money deals like the upcoming Aramco IPO.
The bottom line: MBS bet that Trump didn't care and that CEOs didn't care enough. He was right.
Last month we told you about how a group of venture capitalists and senior company executives planned to gather for a "symposium" on direct listings, as an alternative to traditional IPOs.
The event took place yesterday at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Kia reports from the lobby:
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Relativity Space, a Los Angeles-based 3D printer of rockets and provider of satellite launch services, raised $140 million in Series C funding co-led by Bond and Tribe Capital.
• NoBroker, an Indian apartment purchase and rental platform, raised $50 million in Series D funding. Tiger Global led, and was joined by return backer General Atlantic. http://axios.link/yasK
• Everledger, a London-based blockchain supply chain startup, raised $20 million in Series A funding. Tencent led, and was joined by Graphene Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Rakuten, Fidelity, and Vickers Venture Partners. http://axios.link/qTKG
• Skyroam, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based provider of personal WiFi hotspots, raised $20 million in C-2 funding. Mesh Ventures and Phi Ventures co-led, and were joined by Premier Ventures and return backers Vickers Venture Partners, Jafco Ventures, and GSR Ventures. www.skyroam.com
🚑 Meditrina, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of a treatment system for intrauterine pathologies, raised $13 million co-led by ShangBay Capital and Aethan Capital. www.meditrina-inc.com
• IOTAS, a Portland, Ore.-based IOT-as-a-service platform for smart apartments, raised $8.5 million in Series A funding. Telus Ventures led, and was joined by Liberty Global and seed backer Intel Capital. http://axios.link/5uVF
• Streamlit, a machine learning app development platform, raised $6 million in seed funding. Gradient Ventures led, and was joined by Bloomberg Beta. http://axios.link/gwOa
• BurstIQ, a Denver-based provider of blockchain software for the healthcare industry, raised $5.5 million in Series A funding from Elsewhere Partners. http://axios.link/BYLf
🚑 NOCD, a Chicago-based digital behavioral health startup focused on OCD, raised $4 million in Series A funding. Chicago Ventures led, and was joined by 7Wire Ventures, Meridian Street Capital, and Hyde Park Angels. www.treatmyocd.com
• Autify, a San Francisco-based software testing automation startup, raised $2.5 million in seed funding from Global Brain, SalesForce Ventures, and Archetype Ventures. http://axios.link/TQTI
• Asgard Partners and Merit Capital Partners acquired the military and tactical eyewear business of Revision Military Ltd., including a manufacturing facility in Essex, Vermont. www.revisionmilitary.com
• Audax Private Equity completed its purchase of Electrical Specialties, a distributor of process materials and supplies, from Genuine Parts Co. (NYSE: GPC). http://axios.link/2FpR
• AVALT acquired Ned Stephens, a Fairfield, N.J.-based provider of residential gutter cleaning and essential exterior home services. www.nedstephens.com
• Bullhorn, a Boston-based CRM company owned by Insight Venture Partners and Genstar Capital, acquired Erecruit, a Boston-based staffing software provider, from Symphony Technology Group. www.bullhorn.com
• Cerberus is in talks to buy Indianapolis-based packaging company Closure Systems International from Rank Group (LSE: RNK) for upwards of $1 billion, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/3AXP
• Cinven and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority are considering a joint bid for LGC Group, a scientific testing and measurement firm being sold by KKR, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/k4pA
⛽ Citizen Energy, a Tulsa-based portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, acquired -based oil and gas producer Roan Resources (NYSE: ROAN) for $1 billion (including around $766m of assumed debt) or $1.52 per share (23.6% premium to Monday’s closing price). http://axios.link/YvPD
• CVC Capital Partners is in talks to acquire a 25% stake in Israeli ad-tech company IronSource for at least $450 million, per Calcalist. http://axios.link/oAjG
• Permira made a “significant investment” in Axiom, an on-demand legal talent platform. www.axiomlaw.com
• RRJ Capital offered to pay $716 million to buy Plus Malaysia, the country’s largest toll-highway operator, per Reuters. http://axios.link/o4vR
• Domicil Real Estate, a German property manager, plans to raise €150 million in an upcoming Frankfurt IPO. http://axios.link/PA6Q
• Helios Towers, a pan-African mobile towers operator, launched a London IPO that could value the company at upwards of $1.8 billion. Shareholders include IFC and Providence Equity Partners. http://axios.link/jFYF
• Golden Gate Capital is seeking a buyer for Angus Chemical, a Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based nitroalkanes maker that could fetch more than $1.6 billion, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/DYUL
• Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) acquired DeepScale, a Mountain View, Calif.-based AV computer vision startup that had raised $21 million from firms like Next47 and Point72 Ventures. http://axios.link/Ln0Z
• Grand Ventures, a Michigan-based early-stage VC firm, raised $28 million for its debut fund. www.granvcp.com
• Hahn & Co. raised $2.7 billion for its third South Korea-focused buyout fund, and another $500 million for a co-investment vehicle, per Bloomberg. http://axios.link/iDv1
• HKW, an Indianapolis-based mid-market private equity firm, raised $365 million for its fifth fund. www.hkwinc.com
• Krishna Gidwani joined Scenic Advisement, an investment bank focused on private companies, as a managing director. He previously founded Satya Ventures and, before that, led business services for Olympus Capital. www.scenicadvisement.com
• John Kim stepped down as head of Asia M&A at Goldman Sachs, in order to join The Carlyle Group. Goldman will replace him with Raghav Maliah and Jung Min. http://axios.link/3VGm
• KKR said that longtime execs Stanislas de Joussineau and Sharon Yang will join the firm’s global impact investing team in Europe and Asia, respectively. www.kkr.com
• Haseeb Qureshi joined crypto-focused VC firm Dragonfly Capital as managing partner. He previously was a general partner with MetaStable. www.dcp.capital
• Ralf Wenzel joined SoftBank Group as CEO of its Latin American tech incubator. He was founder and CEO of Foodpanda, which was acquired in 2016 by Delivery Hero (where he became chief strategy officer). www.softbank.com
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