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Microsoft and Qualcomm invest in Team8


Microsoft started the new year with a bang by further ramping up its investment in cybersecurity, a fast-growing industry which is expected to reach a market size of $170 billion by 2020. This week, the tech giant, along with Qualcomm, have invested an undisclosed amount in Team8, a two-year old cybersecurity firm based in Israel. Team8 was founded by Nadav Zafrir, Liran Grimberg and Israel Grimberg, top veterans of the prestigious Unit 8200, Israel Defense Force’s technology and intelligence agency. Unlike typical cybersecurity companies, Team8 is a think tank that develops highly specialised startups that tackle the biggest problems in cybersecurity today. The investment in Team8 underscores Microsoft’s commitment to cybersecurity as well as validates Israel’s growing influence in the sector.

Top 20 Rest of the World Deals for December 2016

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $326,000,000 Africa Internet Group Consortium Ecommerce Investment
2 $300,000,000 Gett Volkswagen Group Transactions Investment
3 $200,000,000 Altair Sony Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
4 $150,000,000 Toga Networks Huawei Technologies Software & Services Acquisition
5 $85,000,000 Africa Internet Group Orange Software & Services Investment
6 $83,000,000 Africa Internet Group AXA Insurance Ecommerce Investment
7 $72,000,000 Sirin Labs Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
8 $67,000,000 Wadi Al Tayyar Travel Group Ecommerce Investment
9 $60,000,000 Magnacom Broadcom Software & Services Acquisition
10 $55,000,000 Jumia Group Commonwealth Development Corporation Ecommerce Investment
11 $52,790,000 Africa Internet Group CDC Group Ecommerce Investment
12 $50,000,000 Roboteam Generali Group Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
13 $50,000,000 WalkMe Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
14 $45,000,000 Lumus Quanta Computer, HTC Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
15 $45,000,000 Matific Leon Kamenev Mobile & Apps Investment
16 $45,000,000 Outbrain Undisclosed Software & Services Investment
17 $42,000,000 HexaTier Huawei Technologies Software & Services Acquisition
18 $40,000,000 Travelstart Amadeus Capital Partners Transactions Investment
19 $39,000,000 Mavenlink Goldman Sachs Growth Equity Software & Services Investment
20 $38,000,000 Celeno Communications Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment

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  1. Rocket Internet’s Africa Internet Group raises $326M from Goldman Sachs and others (TechCrunch)
  2. Uber Rival Gett Receives $300M in Funding From Volkswagen (Bloomberg)
  3. Sony buys Israeli chip manufacturer Altair for US$200 million (e27)
  4. Huawei reportedly acquires Israeli IT networking company Toga Networks for $150 million (VentureBeat)
  5. Orange invests $85M in Africa Internet Group, Africa’s first billion dollar tech firm (TechCrunch)
  6. As Its Market Grows, Nigerian E-Commerce Startup Africa Internet Group Raises $83 Million (TechCrunch)
  7. Sirin Labs nabs $72M to build the Rolls-Royce of smartphones: ‘Solarin’ goes on sale in May (VentureBeat)
  8. Rocket Internet’s ecommerce marketplace for Middle East raises $67m in series A funding (Tech In Asia)
  9. Broadcom buys Israeli 5G co MagnaCom for $60m (GLOBES)
  10. Jumia Group raises $55 million from Commonwealth Development Corporation (Dignited)
  11. Press release: CDC makes new investment in Africa Internet Group (CDC Group)
  12. Israeli Roboteam raises $50 million to focus on US growth (GeekTime)
  13. Exclusive: Israeli WalkMe raises $50 million in Series E in march to IPO (GeekTime)
  14. Lumus Raises Further $30M; Completes $45M Round (FinSMEs)
  15. Israeli edtech startup Matific scores massive $45 million round (Geek Time)
  16. Israeli Outbrain raises $45 million according to surprise announcement (GeekTime)
  17. Huawei reportedly acquires Israeli startup Hexatier for $42 million (GeekTime)
  18. Travelstart Raises US$40M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Mavenlink Receives $39 Million Investment to Accelerate Growth (VCA Online)
  20. WiFi chipmaker Celeno Communications raises $38m (Globes)

Top 20 Asia & Pacific Deals for December 2016

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $1,250,000,000 Alibaba Transactions Investment
2 $1,200,000,000 LeSports Consortium Games Investment
3 $1,080,000,000 LeEco Consortium Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
4 $1,000,000,000 Didi Chuxing Apple Transactions Investment
5 $1,000,000,000 Lazada Group Alibaba Ecommerce Investment
6 $925,275,000 Heptagon ams AG Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
7 $750,000,000 Grab SoftBank Capital Transactions Investment
8 $600,000,000 Didi Chuxing China Life Insurance Transactions Investment
9 $600,000,000 LeEco Yueting Jia Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
10 $600,000,000 Weidong Cloud Education CCB International Software & Services Investment
11 $550,000,000 Go-Jek Consortium Transactions Investment
12 $500,000,000 Ping An Good Doctor Undisclosed Mobile & Apps Investment
13 $449,000,000 BYD Samsung Hardware & Infrastructure Investment
14 $449,000,000 Qufenqi Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology, Beijing Phoenix Wealth Holding Group Ecommerce Investment
15 $437,000,000 Babytree Consortium Media Investment
16 $400,000,000 Didi Chuxing Poly Group Transactions Investment
17 $400,000,000 My Credit Tiantu Capital, Xinhu Zhongbao Mobile & Apps Investment
18 $350,000,000 Mtime Wanda Media Acquisition
19 $310,000,000 Xinhu Zhongbao, Tiantu Capital Mobile & Apps Investment
20 $309,000,000 Shouqi Car Rental Consortium Transactions Investment

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  1. Alibaba confirms $1.25B investment in food delivery service (TechCrunch)
  2. LeSports Secures $1.2 Billion in Series B Financing (FinSMEs)
  3. LeEco raises $1.08b in funding for electric car hoping to compete with Tesla (SCMP)
  4. Apple invests $1bn in Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing (Reuters)
  5. Alibaba Makes $1 Billion Investment in Lazada Group (FinSMEs)
  6. Austria’s ams acquires Heptagon for up to €845 million to become a worldwide leader in optical sensing (TechEU)
  7. Uber rival Grab raises $750M led by SoftBank at a $3B valuation (TechCrunch)
  8. China’s Uber rival Didi Chuxing raises $600 million from China Life Insurance (Reuters)
  9. LeEco secures $600M in fresh funding as financial issues reportedly halt electric car project (TechCrunch)
  10. CCB International Invests In Weidong Cloud Education At $600M Valuation (China Money Network)
  11. Indonesia’s Go-Jek raises $550 million to battle Uber and Grab (TechCrunch)
  12. Chinese Healthcare App Ping An Good Doctor Closes USD$500M Series A Venture Capital Round (FinSMEs)
  13. Samsung Invests $449 Million in Buffett-Backed Carmaker BYD (Bloomberg)
  14. Ant Financial-Backed Qufenqi Raises $449M In Pre-IPO Investment (China Money Network)
  15. Babytree Raises $437M in Equity Financing (FinSMEs)
  16. Didi Chuxing strikes again with US$400M from China’s leading trading and real estate conglomerate (e27)
  17. China’s Fintech Unicorn My Credit Scoops $400M Financing To Build Industry Fund (TechNode)
  18. Wanda Acquires China’s Leading Movie Portal Mtime For $350 Million (Deadline)
  19. Chinese credit card management app raises $310m Series C (AVCJ)
  20. Taiping Asset Leads $309M Round In Shouqi Car Rental (China Money Network)

Top 20 North American Deals for December 2016

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $31,000,000,000 ARM SoftBank Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
2 $26,200,000,000 LinkedIn Microsoft Media Acquisition
3 $9,300,000,000 NetSuite Oracle Software & Services Acquisition
4 $5,900,000,000 Brocade Communications Systems Inc Broadcom Limited Hardware & Infrastructure Acquisition
5 $4,650,000,000 Blue Coat Symantec Software & Services Acquisition
6 $4,400,000,000 Starz Lions Gate Media Acquisition
7 $4,300,000,000 Rackspace Apollo Software & Services Acquisition
8 $3,500,000,000 Uber Public Investment Fund Transactions Investment
9 $3,000,000,000 Wal-Mart Ecommerce Acquisition
10 $2,900,000,000 Neustar Golden Gate Capital Marketing Acquisition
11 $2,800,000,000 Deltek Roper Technologies Software & Services Acquisition
12 $2,800,000,000 Demandware Salesforce Software & Services Acquisition
13 $2,400,000,000 Blue Coat Systems Bain Capital Software & Services Acquisition
14 $2,300,000,000 LifeLock Symantec Software & Services Acquisition
15 $1,960,000,000 Polycom Mitel Software & Services Acquisition
16 $1,800,000,000 Marketo Vista Equity Partners Marketing Acquisition
17 $1,800,000,000 Snapchat Consortium Mobile & Apps Investment
18 $1,790,000,000 Host Europe Group GoDaddy Software & Services Acquisition
19 $1,700,000,000 Skyscanner Ctrip Transactions Acquisition
20 $1,600,000,000 Wind Mobile SunShaw Mobile & Apps Acquisition

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  1. SoftBank completes $31 billion acquisition of ARM (The Verge)
  2. Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion (The Wall Street Journal)
  3. Oracle Buys NetSuite for $9.3 Billion (FinSMEs)
  4. Broadcom Limited to Acquire Brocade Communications Systems Inc. for $5.9 Billion (Broadcom)
  5. Symantec to Acquire Web Security Company Blue Coat, for approx. $4.65 Billion (FinSMEs)
  6. Lions Gate Agrees to Buy Starz in $4.4 Billion Deal (The Wall Street Journal)
  7. Rackspace to go private after $4.3B acquisition by private equity firm Apollo (TechCrunch)
  8. Uber Turns to Saudi Arabia for $3.5 Billion Cash Infusion (The New York Times)
  9. Wal-Mart Stores to Acquire, for $3 Billion (FinSMEs)
  10. Neustar to Go Private in $2.9 Billion Deal (Fortune)
  11. Herndon software company Deltek acquired for $2.8 billion (WTOP)
  12. Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce (TechCrunch)
  13. Bain Capital to Buy Blue Coat Systems (The Wall Street Journal)
  14. Symantec Buys Out Identity Protection Firm LifeLock for $2.3 Billion (eweek)
  15. Mitel buys Polycom for $1.96B in enterprise communications consolidation play (TechCrunch)
  16. Vista Equity Partners buys marketing automation giant Marketo for $1.8B in cash (TechCrunch)
  17. Snapchat raised $1.8B in a Series F round; leaked deck reveals revenues, user numbers (TechCrunch)
  18. GoDaddy acquires rival Host Europe Group for $1.79 billion to grow its global footprint (VentureBeat)
  19. Ctrip Acquires Skyscanner for $1.7 Billion to Expand Bookings (China Money Network)
  20. Shaw completes $1.6 billion acquisition of wireless carrier Wind Mobile (Vancouver Sun)