Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi Raises US$40M Series D To Expand In Asia, Latin America

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(TechCrunch) Easy Taxi, Rocket Internet’s taxi calling app, announced today that it has raised a Series D round of US$40m, led by Phenomen Ventures with participation from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retail giant Tengelmann Group. This brings Easy Taxi’s total raised so far to $77 million as Rocket Internet seeks to establish Easy Taxi’s presence in emerging markets and defend against local competitors. Read more

Patria First to Finish Line in Brazil Fundraising Marathon

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(PEHub) Patria Investimentos, the Brazil-focused private equity shop backed by The Blackstone Group, has emerged first among a group of contenders raising money for new Brazil funds. Read more

Macquarie Mulls Latin American Fund

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(Press Release) The A$427bn asset manager intends to use its presence in Mexico as a stepping stone to venture further south. Read more

Carlyle Is Said to Be Raising New Brazilian Buyout Fund

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(Dealbook) The Carlyle Group has made large strides toward raising a new Brazilian buyout fund, obtaining some R$375m, or about US$170m, in a first close. Read more

After Tough Competition, Rival Baby E-Commerce Sites in Brazil to Merge

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(Dealbook) The online baby and maternal products company BebeStore completed an agreement to acquire its former rival Baby, and was expected to announce the deal this week. Read more

Axon Sells its Shares in ClickDelivery with a Return of Nearly 4x

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(Press Release) Axon Partners Group has exited ClickDelivery, the leading online food delivery service in the Andean Region, with Delivery Hero, one of the global leaders in the online food-ordering industry, becoming majority shareholders in the growing company. Read more

After Tough Competition, Rival Baby E-Commerce Sites in Brazil to Merge

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(Dealbook) The online baby and maternal products company BebeStore completed an agreement to acquire its former rival Baby, and was expected to announce the deal this week. Read more

SAS Sistema de Ensino Partners with Global Growth Investor General Atlantic

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(Press Release) SAS Sistema de Ensino (SAS), a leading learning system provider in Brazil, announced that General Atlantic, a global growth investor, will make a strategic investment in the company. Read more

Blackstone-backed Patria Beats Fund V Target with US$1.75b

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(PEHub) Patria Investimentos, backed by The Blackstone Group, has closed its fifth private equity fund on US$1.75b, beating its original US$1.5b target, according to a person with knowledge of the fundraising. Read more

Globant Becomes First Latin American Software Company to Launch IPO on NYSE

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(WSJ) Argentina’s Globant S.A. became the first Latin American software company to launch a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, with the company’s stock rising as much as 30% after the opening bell Friday before giving back some of the gains. Read more