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RELX Group Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire ThreatMetrix

RELX Group announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of ThreatMetrix, for a consideration of £580m payable in cash. ThreatMetrix is a leader in the global risk-based authentication sector, headquartered in San Jose, California and founded in 2005. ThreatMetrix’s technology analyses connections among devices, locations, anonymised identity information and threat ... Read More »

CRIF acquires Dun & Bradstreet Vietnam and its franchise operations in Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia

CRIF, a global company specializing in credit bureau, business information and credit solutions, has announced the acquisition of all shares in Dun & Bradstreet Vietnam. CRIF has been Dun & Bradstreet’s Worldwide Network (WWN) partner since 2009 after acquiring its operations in Italy and later in Turkey, the UAE and Egypt.  With this announcement, the relationship will expand to cover ... Read More »

CRIF Acquires Vision-Net Ireland

The acquisition will strengthen CRIF’s local presence in the field of business information and decision support solutions. CRIF, a global company specializing in credit bureau, business information and credit solutions, has announced the acquisition of Vision-Net, a leading provider of business information based in Dublin. Vision-Net, a high-standing company operating in a competitive and sophisticated market providing immediate access to ... Read More »

TransUnion Acquires eBureau

TransUnion Reinforces Versatile Data and Analytics Capabilities with Acquisition of eBureau TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) announced today that it is continuing to build upon its success as a source of groundbreaking, versatile data and analytics capabilities with the acquisition of eBureau, a leading provider of custom-analytic solutions with both credit-risk and anti-fraud applications. eBureau’s rapid-model-development platform enables financial institutions to quickly ... Read More »

Onvia Agrees To Be Acquired By Deltek

Deltek to pay $9.00 per Share in a Transaction Valued at Approximately $70 million Onvia (NASDAQ: ONVI),  the leading provider of sales intelligence and acceleration technologies for businesses selling to the public sector, today announced that it has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Project Diamond Intermediate Holdings Corp, the parent entity of Deltek, ... Read More »

Sizmek to Acquire Rocket Fuel

Rocket Fuel (NASDAQ:FUEL), a predictive marketing platform, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Sizmek Inc., the largest people-based creative optimization and data activation platform delivering impressions that inspire. Sizmek is an affiliate of Vector Capital. Under the terms of the merger agreement with Sizmek, which has been unanimously approved by Rocket Fuel’s board of directors, ... Read More »

Zoominfo Acquired by Great Hill Partners

Zoom Information, Inc. (ZoomInfo), a comprehensive B2B data provider, announced today that it has been acquired by Great Hill Partners, a leading Boston-based private equity firm focused on investments in high growth mid-market companies. Lazard served as financial advisor for the company. “We are enthusiastic about our new investment in ZoomInfo,” said Christopher Gaffney, managing partner at Great Hill Partners. ... Read More »

Creditinfo Group Acquires 33% Shares in ISHENIM, the Credit Bureau in Kyrgyzstan

“Creditinfo Group” is well set on its track for growth and announces the acquisition of 33% of shares in the Kyrgyz Credit Information Bureau “Ishenim”.  This strategic acquisition meets Creditinfo’s aim to contribute in growing economies and facilitating access to finance – a challenge that the company has been meeting for the past 20 years.      “Kyrgyzstan is a market ... Read More »

Alibaba Buys Majority Stake In TicketNew Of India

Alibaba  is pushing more into India via an acquisition of a majority stake in TicketNew, the film ticket website. According to a report, terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the purchase was made via Alibaba Pictures Group, the entertainment arm of the eCommerce company.  Previous media reports pegged the price tag at $35 million for a controlling stake ... Read More »

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 »