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This week’s family/private investment office deals

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Private Equity

New Zealand-based Tailorspace, a private investment office owned by Ben Gough, together with Sinclair Investment Group, the family office of the New Zealand-based Edgar family, have invested in local travel agent business House of Travel. The injection of capital is to help the travel group survive the disruption of Covid-19, according to local reports. The sum invested wasn’t specified. 

Unspecified Rounds

Meyer Equity, an investment group owned by US investor Owen Meyer, has backed Zeehaus, a real estate platform. Meyer backed the San Francisco group with an unspecified amount. 

PBJ Capital, a Massachusetts-based investment group owned by local investor Bruce Clarke, has invested in Emissary, an enterprise software group. PBJ was one of four investors committing $6.3 million to the New York City-based group. 

Seed

A family office owned by UK entrepreneur Paul Forster (Family Capital was unable to track down the name of the office) has invested in PharmEnable, a Cambridge, UK, based biotech group. The family office backed the group along with the Cambridge University enterprise fund with total funding of £1.8 million. 

Melbourne, Australia-based Square Peg Capital, a venture capital firm with strong links to one of Australia’s wealthiest families, the Libermans, has invested in Zeller, a fintech group. Square Peg led the A$6.3 million round for the Australian group; one other investor participated. 

Aletra Capital Partners, a Dutch-based investment group owned by Jan-Willem Baud, a prominent private equity investor, has invested in Ackcio, which builds real-time wireless, monitoring solutions for industrial applications. Aletra was one of seven investors committing an unspecified amount to the Singapore-based group. 

Series A 

Charlie Songhurst, probably through his holding/investment business Songhurst Group, has invested in FireStart, a New York City-based software group. Songhurst was one of five investors committing $4 million to the group. 

Valar Ventures, a Peter Thiel-backed investment group, has invested in Point Card, a debit card business. Valar led the $10.5 million round for the San Francisco-based group; seven other investors backed the round. 

Exor Seeds, the Agnelli family-owned US-based venture group, has invested in DigniFi, a fintech group. Exor along with one other backer invested $14 million in the Kirkland, Washington-based group. 

Green Cross Holdings Corp., a Korean holding and investment group owned by the Huh family who own a pharmaceutical company by the same name, has invested in Artiva Biotherapeutics, a biotech group. Green Cross was one of six investors committing $78 million to the San Diego-based group. 

Das Capital, an investment group owned by Japanese entrepreneur/investor Shinji Kimura, has invested in slice, a credit card company for first-time credit card users. Das was one of five investors committing INR460 million ($6.1 million) to the Indian-based group. 

Series C 

CEAS Investments, a Delray, Florida-based investment office believed to be owned by Leslie Alexander, a billionaire entrepreneur and financier who previously owned the National Basketball Association side, the Houston Rockets, has invested in Fivetran, a bigdata group. CEAS was one of four investors committing $100 million to the Oakland, California-based group. 

Vulcan Capital,  the Seattle-based investment group owned by Jody Allen, has backed SolarisBank, a Berlin-based digital bank. Vulcan was one of ten backers committing €60 million to the Berlin-based group. 

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