Investment

This week’s family/private investment office deals

Post-IPO Equity

Canadian investment and holdings group Fax Capital, owned by entrepreneur John Driscoll, has invested in Quisitive, a digital consulting group. Fax Capital contributed C$20 million to the Dallas-based group. 

Private Equity

Exor, the family holding and investment group owned by the Agnelli family, has bought a 24% stake in luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin for €541 million, valuing the Paris-based business at €2.3 billion.  

Unspecified Rounds

Soros Fund Management, George Soros’s hedge fund, now a family office, has invested in NYDIG, a cryptocurrency/fintech platform. Soros was one of eight investors committing $200 million to the New York City-based group. 

Seed

Conny & Co, a Swiss-based investment group owned by German serial venture investor Cornelius Boersch, has invested in Helvengo, an insurtech platform. Conny was one of three investors seeding the Zurich-based startup with an unspecified amount. 

Billionaire Mark Cuban, probably through his holding group Mark Cuban Companies, has invested in Mintable, an NFT (Non-fungible token) marketplace platform. Cuban seeded the Singapore-based startup with an unspecified amount. 

Agriline, an investment group owned by UK billionaire investor Vincent Tchenguiz, has invested in ZygoFix, a medical device company. Agriline was one of three investors committing $2 million to the Israel-based startup. 

Series A 

Zola Global Investors, the investment office of Igor Gimelshtein, former CFO of MedReleaf which was the largest cannabis acquisition in history at $2.9 billion, together with Raptor Group, the investment office of former hedge-fund manager Jim Pallotta, and Toba Capital, an investment group owned by Vinny Smith, the founder and former CEO of Quest Software, which was bought by Dell in 2012 for $2.4 billion, have invested in HALO Diagnostics, a healthcare group. The three investors joined eight others in a round worth $19 million for the Menlo Park, California-based group. 

Raptor Group, the investment office of former hedge-fund manager Jim Pallotta, together with MSD Capital, Michael Dell’s family office, Social Capital, the investment group owned by Chamath Palihapitiya, have invested in Pipe, a fintech trading platform. The three investors joined 10 others committing $50 million to the Miami-based group. 

Valor Capital Group, an investment group owned by Clifford Sobel, a former US ambassador to Brazil, has invested in Eco, a digital cryptocurrency platform. Valor was one of seven investors committing $26 million to the San Francisco-based group. 

GPS Ventures, a Berlin-based investment group owned by Russian entrepreneur Georgy Semenenko, has invested in Hepster, an insurtech platform. GPS Ventures was one of four investors committing $10 million to the German-based group.  

Billionaire Swiss investor Stephan Schmidheiny, possibly through his family office Anewa, together with Gaydoul Group, owned by the Gaydoul family, have invested in Planted, a plant-based meat producer. The two investors joined six others in an investment worth CHF17 million for the Zurich-based group. 

The Indian arm of Omidyar Network, the impact investment group owned by Pierre and Pam Omidyar, has invested in Riskcovry, a insurtech platform. Omidyar was one of six investors committing INR366 million to the Indian group. 

Franz Haniel, the German family-owned investment group, has invested in Sdui, an education tech platform. Haniel was one of 10 investors committing €7 million to the German group. 

WndrCo, and Los Angeles-based investment group set up by Jeffrey Katzenberg, a film producer and media owner, has invested in Wrapbook, a fintech platform. WndrCo was one of five investors committing $27 million to the New York City-based group. 

QuaeroQ, a privately-held investment fund owned by the Belgian Vyvere family, has invested in Hoplr, a digital neighbourhood network for citizen participation. QuaeroQ was one of two investors committing €2 million to the Belgian group. 

F-Prime Capital, the Johnson family (Fidelity owners) owned venture fund, has invested in Vendr, a SaaS platform. F-Prime was one of six investors committing $60 million to the Boston-based group. 

Esther Dyson, possibly through her investment group, EDventure Holdings, has invested in Praava Health, a healthcare group. Dyson was one of 10 investors committing $10.6 million to the Bangladesh-based group. 

Max Ventures, a New York City-based venture group backed by members of the Swedish Stenbeck family, has invested in Porter Road Butcher, an alternative food group. Max Ventures was one of 15 investors committing $10 million to the Nashville-based group. 

Series B 

Koch Disruptive Technologies, owned by Chase Koch of the Koch Industries family dynasty, has invested in Valo Health, a biotech group. Koch contributed $110 million to the Boston-based group.  

Trihill Capital, a Singapore-based family office believed to be owned by Indonesian shipping owner Masli Mulia, has invested in Sicepat Express, a logistics group. Trihill was one of eight investors committing $170 million to the Indonesian group. 

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