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CoreLogic Acquires Mercury Network

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced that the Company has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase valuation technology and appraisal management platform provider Mercury Network from Serent Capital. Concurrently with entry into the purchase agreement, the company has acquired a 45 percent passive minority stake in Mercury Network. The purchase of the remaining ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc. Acquires MAKE

Denmark-based wind and solar power market intelligence and expertise enhance Wood Mackenzie’s renewables research and advisory solutions Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, today announced it has acquired MAKE, an industry-leading research and advisory business specializing in wind power. MAKE will become part of Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk Analytics business focused on providing research and advisory services ... Read More »

Global Sources to be Privatized and Sold to Blackstone

NASDAQ-listed Global Sources announced the company has entered into an agreement “of amalgamation with Expo Holdings I Limited and Expo Holdings II Limited.” Initially, it was announced that under the terms of the agreement, all outstanding shares of Global Sources would be converted into the right to receive US$18.00 per share when the deal closes. Then later in the week, ... Read More »

Blockchain Based SME Lending Platform Bitbond Receives €5 Million Debt Commitment

Global SME marketplace lender Bitbond today announced that it received a commitment from Obotritia Capital to fund loans worth €5 million through its platform. Additionally, Obotritia invested an undisclosed amount of equity to acquire a stake in Bitbond. Bitbond was founded in 2013 and shortly after its start the young company was able to win investors like Point Nine Capital. In 2015 we ... Read More »

PayU and Kreditech in Global Partnership

Kreditech, a leading technology group for digital consumer credit using machine-learning based underwriting, has closed a EUR 110 million investment from global online payment service provider PayU.  The landmark investment is the largest ever equity investment in a German fintech company and builds on a successful 12-month pilot programme in Poland. As part of the deal, Kreditech and PayU agree ... Read More »

Experian Acquires String Automotive

Experian Automotive has acquired String Automotive and its online marketing intelligence platform, the company’s president revealed in a May 24 blog post. String’s Dealer Positing System (DPS), which combines multiple sources of data from inside and outside the dealership, will now be matched with Experian’s own data-driven insights. The combination, according Experian’s John Gray, provides dealers with a platform that ... Read More »

Alibaba Makes Its First FinTech Investment In Hong Kong

Alibaba has expanded its investment portfolio in Hong Kong and has chosen Qupital to be its first FinTech investment in the city.  Qupital has just secured a seed investment round of $2 million, led by MindWorks Ventures and Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, with co-investment from DRL Capital, Aria Group and several other investors. The funding will be used to enhance its ... Read More »

Moody’s Analytics to Acquire Bureau van Dijk – Changing the Competitive Landscape in Commercial Credit Information

Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bureau van Dijk, a global provider of business intelligence and company information, for €3.0 billion (approximately $3.27 billion). The acquisition extends Moody’s position as a leader in risk data and analytical insight. Highlights: Builds on Moody’s role as a global provider of credit risk measures and ... Read More »

Arvato Financial Solutions Increases Stake in Brazilian Financial Services Provider Intervalor

Arvato Financial Solutions is taking its step-by-step option and has increased its holdings of Intervalor shares to 81.5 per cent. After initially acquiring 40 per cent of interest in Intervalor shares in June 2015, this is a further important step within the consistent internationalization of Arvato Financial Solutions. Both parties have come to an understanding that the financial details of ... Read More »

AOL-Yahoo Combined Company Named OATH

Marissa Mayer will not be part of the new AOL-Yahoo combined company called Oath According to sources, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will not be continuing with the new company that was announced prematurely in a tweet by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. The new Verizon-owned entity is called Oath and is the combination of AOL and Yahoo. Terms of Mayer’s departure ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Completes Clarient and Avox Acquisitions Creating Best-In-Class KYC and Legal Entity Data Due Diligence Standards

Thomson Reuters has completed its acquisitions of Clarient Global LLC and Avox Limited, expanding its risk-management footprint and its ability to provide a best-in-class standard of customer solutions by integrating both businesses into its portfolio of risk management, compliance and data offerings.  The Clarient and Avox acquisitions represent the next step of Thomson Reuters vision to be a leading provider ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., Acquires Emergent Network Intelligence

Acquisition extends Verisk’s claims solutions within United Kingdom Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, announced it has acquired Emergent Network Intelligence (ENI), a leading innovator in insurance claims efficiency and fraud detection solutions based in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. With the acquisition of ENI, Verisk’s clients in the U.K. can take advantage of technologically advanced tools ... Read More »

Baidu Acquired the Startup Building China’s Answer to Alexa

A Y Combinator-backed startup building China’s answer to Alexa has been acquired by Baidu, China’s top search engine, the companies announced this morning. The financial terms are not disclosed. Raven Tech, with about US$18 million in funding in its pockets, created an AI-based voice assistant that it launched in an app called Flow. That voice assistant is more comparable to ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., to Acquire Fintellix

Acquisition will extend Verisk’s expertise in development of products and data solutions designed to meet the regulatory compliance needs of financial institutions in multiple geographies Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, has signed an agreement to acquire Fintellix, a Bangalore-based data solutions company specializing in the development of data management platforms and regulatory reporting solutions for financial ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc. Acquires Arium

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider,  announced it has acquired Arium, an independent company specializing in liability risk modeling and decision support. Arium will become part of AIR Worldwide (AIR), a Verisk Analytics business, and will enable AIR to provide its clients with additional modeling solutions and analytics for the casualty market. “The industry has been searching ... Read More »