Wall Street apparently believed Trump on taxes, but not so much on trade.
That all changed yesterday when he announced plans to place 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% tariffs on imported aluminum. The Dow dropped 420 points on Thursday, and is off another 300 in early trading this morning.
Q: Is the President concerned about any retaliation by any of the countries that may be impacted by this announcement?
Sanders: Not that I'm aware of.
• TMT time: Sweden-based private equity firm EQT Partners last week announced that it had closed its eighth flagship fund with $13.2 billion. What didn't make the press release is that its large-cap investment mandate in the U.S. has expanded from healthcare to also include TMT and services (mimicking an earlier change in its U.S. mid-market fund strategy). EQT also will continue to make U.S. infrastructure investments out of a separate vehicle.
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• Speaking of crypto: Last month I moderated a panel at Upfront Summit on investing in cryptocurrencies, and the full video is now available here.
• Chip chat: Earlier this week we discussed how Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter Monday to CFIUS, asking it to "act" on Broadcom-Qualcomm before next Tuesday's shareholder vote on new directors.
Leaving aside how unusual it would be for CFIUS to effectively preempt a proxy fight, it also would be a crazy quick turnaround time for a regulatory panel that typically takes months to make rulings. If it does indeed meet Cornyn's deadline, then can foreign buyers now expect nine-day reviews for their deals?
An investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle has agreed to a $500 million takeover of The Weinstein Co. — including $275 million in new investment and $225 million to pay off debts — which will keep the troubled studio out of bankruptcy. The deal also reportedly includes a $90 million victims compensation fund and a 40-day closing period.
🚑 Cota, a New York-based healthcare data and analytics company focused on oncology, has raised $40 million in Series C funding. IQVIA led, and was joined by EW Healthcare Partners, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Boston Millennia Partners, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health and Atoc Holdings. http://axios.link/M6iN
🚑 Finch Therapeutics, a Somerville, Mass.-based microbiome therapeutics company, has raised $36 million in Series B funding from Shumway Capital, Willett Advisors, Morgan Noble and Avenir Growth Capital. http://axios.link/UuVb
• Astranis, a maker of miniature telecom satellites, has raised $13.5 million in Series A funding. Andreessen Horowitz led, and was joined by Y Combinator, Refactor Capital, Indicator Fund, and Fifty Years. http://axios.link/874R
• Smartcar, a Mountain View, Calif.-based connected car platform, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. NEA led, and was joined by seed backer Andreessen Horowitz. http://axios.link/zHzu
• TickX, a UK-based search engine and discovery platform for events, has raised £3 million in Series A funding led by BGF Ventures. http://axios.link/EvDd
• Blueprint Income, developer of a “digital retirement plan,” has raised $2.75 million in seed funding. NextView Ventures and Green Visor Capital co-led, and were joined by FinLab, Core Innovation Capital, Kairos Ventures, Jean Chatzky and Plug ’n Play. http://axios.link/EVBf
• Creedy, an online lending startup focused on small personal loans and school fee financing loans, has raised $1.4 million in seed funding from Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures and Vy Capital. http://axios.link/MHHy
• ISA TanTec, a portfolio company of Navis Partners, has agreed to acquire Auburn Leather, an Auburn, Ky. -based maker and brand of leather laces. http://axios.link/S3Yd
• Platinum Equity has acquired Highway Toll Administration, a Roslyn Heights, N.Y.-based provider of electronic toll collection services and technologies. HTA will be merged with existing Platinum portfolio company American Traffic Solutions. www.htallc.com
• Platinum Equity has acquired Lentz Milling, a Reading, Penn.-based provider of food ingredient distribution services. www.lentzmilling.com
• Stone Point Capital is leading a $2.7 billion purchase of AmTrust Financial Services (Nasdaq: AFSI), in partnership with the insurer’s founding family and CEO. The deal is for $13.50 per share, a 12.8% premium over Wednesday’s closing price. http://axios.link/aZER
• TZP Growth Partners has invested in FreshAddress, a Newton, Mass.-based provider of email marketing database services. www.freshaddress.com
🚑 Acacia Pharma, a British developer of nausea treatments for post-operative and chemotherapy patients, raised €40 million in a Brussels IPO. The company had raised VC funding from firms like Novo Holdings and Fidelity Biosciences. http://axios.link/qoJR
• Arsenal Capital Partners has hired Moelis to find a buyer for IGM Resins, a Dutch maker of materials for inks and coatings that could be worth around €500 million, according to Reuters. http://axios.link/gSUM
• ESPN continues to seek buyers for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, with reports suggesting that it could wind up with The Atlantic, The Athletic or elsewhere within ESPN owner ABC. http://axios.link/SgAK
• GKN (LSE: GKN), a British engineering group fighting a hostile takeover bid from Melrose Industries (LSE: MRO), is in talks to sell its automotive business to Dana Inc. (NYSE: DAN), per the FT. http://axios.link/EeRG
• MassMutual has agreed to sell an 85% stake in its Japanese unit to Nippon Life for $982 million. http://axios.link/qcFe
• American Securities has closed its eighth buyout fund with $7 billion. http://axios.link/6QF9
🚑 Regal Healthcare Partners is raising $100 million for a debut private equity fund that will focus on small and micro-cap healthcare companies. Its co-founder is Jon Santemma, who previously led global healthcare investment banking for Jefferies.
• Brian Gu is stepping down as JPMorgan’s chairman of Asia-Pacific investment banking, in order to join Chinese electric car maker Xiaopeng Motors, per the WSJ. http://axios.link/Eswo
• Industry Ventures has promoted Lindsay Sharma and Ira Simkhovitch to principals on its secondaries investment team. www.industryventures.com
• Xavier Niel, chief strategy officer of French telecom company Iliad, has joined the board of KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR). www.kkr.com
Happy anniversary to Snap stock, which began trading one year ago this morning.