Cylance rakes in more than $42 mln Series C

Cylance Inc, which uses artificial intelligence to predict and prevent cyber attacks, has raised more than $42 million in Series C funding. DFJ Growth led the round with participation from KKR, Dell Ventures, CapitalOne Ventures, Thomvest,  DraperNexus, Blackstone, Fairhaven Capital, Khosla Ventures and TenEleven Ventures. In addition to the funding, Mark Bailey, co-founder and managing director of DFJ Growth, has been added to Cylance’s board of directors.

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and KKR launch Activate Capital

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund along with KKR Credit have launched a 500 million Euro(US$551.6 mln) joint venture. The ISIF is contributing €325 million Euros (US$358.6 mln) towards the joint venture while KKR is providing the remaining 175 million Euros (US$193.1 mln). The J.V., called Activate Capital, will focus exclusively on lending to Irish residential development projects. Robert Gallagher, a KKR Director, will be CEO of Activate while Dan O’Connor will be chairman. O’Connor is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance – Europe.

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KKR, Borealis Maritime to buy Hanseatic Ship Asset for $254.5 mln

KKR and Borealis Maritime said Thursday it acquired Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH for $254.5 million. Commerzbank AG is the seller. Hanseatic controls a modern fleet of 13 mid-size container vessels and 5 mid-size dry bulk vessels. In 2013, KKR and Borealis Maritime formed a joint venture to invest in distressed shipping assets.

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First Read starts your day with news that Toshiba’s CEO has resigned over the company’s accounting scandal, KKR’s First Data has filed for an IPO and NFL revenue soars to $12 billion last season, a 14.3 percent increase from the previous year.

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KKR to buy Gestamp Solar

KKR said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire an 80 percent stake in Gestamp Asetym Solar S.L. at a total enterprise value of around $1 billion. The seller is Gestamp Renewables. Gestamp Solar is a developer and operator of utility-scale photovoltaic plants. Bank of America Merrill Lynch provided financial advice to Gestamp Solar.

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VC-backed FanDuel buys Kotikan

Fantasy sports company FanDuel has acquired Scottish mobile app development agency Kotikan. No financial terms were disclosed. The acquisition comes on the heels of FanDuel raising $275 million in Series E funding. KKR led the round with participation from other investors that included Google Capital, Time Warner Investments, Turner Sports, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Pentech Ventures and Piton Capital.

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KKR to buy majority of Deutsche Glasfaser

KKR is buying a majority of Deutsche Glasfaser. Reggeborgh is the seller. In a partnership, KKR and Reggeborgh are investing about 450 million Euros (US$487.6 mln) in the roll-out of DG. Borken, Germany-based Deutsche Glasfaser plans, constructs, and operates fibre-optic networks in that country.

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Fantasy sports company FanDuel rakes in $275 mln Series E

Fantasy sports company FanDuel has raised $275 million in Series E funding. KKR led the round with participation from other investors that included Google Capital, Time Warner Investments, Turner Sports, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Bullpen Capital, Pentech Ventures and Piton Capital.

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KKR-led group makes real estate deal in Italy

KKR, along with Hines Italia SGR, and COIMA, have acquired five telecom assets leased to Telecom Italia. The investor group acquired the assets from “Tecla Fondo Uffici”, a closed ended fund managed by Prelios SPR, for 49 million Euros (US$53.7 mln). The portfolio, a total area of 35,500 square metres, consists of five separate sites, in Rome, Monza, Parma, San Remo and Pavia.

KKR names Lafont as senior advisor

KKR has named Dominique Lafont as a senior advisor. The appointment is effective immediately. Lafont is the former president and CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics.

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