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 Russian investment firm IIDF has acquired stake in US startup Vectorly

Internet Initiatives Development Fund, a Russian venture fund, has acquired stake in Vectorly, a US startup for training IT team.

Founded in 2019, Vectorly drives company growth by providing employees with personalized career paths based on continuous skill feedback and working activity.

(Founded in 2013, Internet Initiatives Development Fund is a venture fund that creates infrastructure and conditions for Russia-based businesses.)

 Russian investment firm HashCIB has acquired stake in US blockchain startup for $4.3 million

HashCIB, an investment firm that focuses on fintech, has acquired stake in Centrifuge, a US blockchain startup, for $4.3 million.

Centrifuge is an open, decentralized operating system to connect the global financial supply chain. It allows participants to transact on a global network while maintaining ownership of their data, including their validated company details, their reputation, business relationships, and subsequent transactions.

(Founded in 2018, HASH CIB offers financial solutions in the rapidly developing crypto-assets market. It is headquartered in Moscow City, Russia.)

 Russian RBV Capital has acquired stake in US medtech company for $80 million

RBV Capital, a venture capital based in Russia, has acquired stake in Pipeline Therapeutics, a US-based medical technology company for $80 million.

Pipeline Therapeutics is a developer of regenerative therapies designed to promote functional recovery of neurological diseases. The company's therapies leverage the natural repair process in several different nervous system cell types to target diseases such as multiple sclerosis, providing patients with a treatment to repair damage to the nervous system.

(Founded in 2014, RBV Capital is a venture fund based in Moscow, Russia with a partnership office in Wilen, Switzerland. The company focuses on pharmaceuticals, biologics, digital healthcare products, and medical devices.)

 Russian investment firms Minden and Vollin acquired stake in UK Truphone for $300 million

truphone.jpgTwo Russian investment firms Vollin Holdings and Minden, have invested £255 million in funding to UK mobile operator Truphone.

Truphone, which is based in London and was founded in 2006, is a global mobile network that serves Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States. Their three main products include the Truphone SIM, Truphone Mobile Recording and the Truphone App. (Minden is Roman Abramovich's investment vehicle. Vollin Holdings is headed by Russian steel magnate Alexander Abramov.)

To see a list of investors from Russia similar to Minden and Vollin Holdings, check the Russian Investors Directory.

 Russian RDIF to set up $1 billion technology fund with Saudi Arabia

RDIF.jpgThe Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) will be going on a joint venture with Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, to set up a $1 billion fund that will be used to invest in technology companies.

Established by the Russian government in June 2011, the RDIF is managed by Kirill Dmitriev and aims to make equity investments in Russia's high-growth sectors. Among RDIF's investments is Hyperloop One, a privately held Californian company working on a transportation system.

To see a list of investors from Russia similar to Russian Direct Investment Fund, check the Russian Investors Directory.

 Russian investment firm L1 Retail acquired Holland & Barrett for $2 billion

l1-retail-holland-&-barrett02.pngL1 Retail, an investment fund controlled by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, acquired Holland & Barrett, the largest European chain of health and wellness food shops, for £1.8 billion.

Founded in 1870, Nuneaton based retailer Holland & Barrett has more than 1,150 locations throughout Europe as well as more than 4,200 manpower. The company has also exceeded £610 million in annual revenues in 2016. Holland & Barrett has more than 9000 skus of products including vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines, supplements, vegetarian food, homeopathy and natural beauty products. Aside from its growing online presence, the retailer also has 10 million active cardholders for its customer loyalty programme. (LetterOne Retail, or simply L1 Retail, aims to invest and help build the next generation of international retailers.)

To see a list of investors from Russia similar to L1 Retail, check the Russian Investors Directory

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