Another Friday Clappening

One Google engineer claimed that their AI is "sentient," England is raising interest rates, the US Senate reached a bipartisan deal on gun safety, the US is lifting Covid test requirements for international travel, and the UK is putting Credit Suisse on watch after a series of scandals.

Litquidity Capital
June 13, 2022

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One Google engineer claimed that their AI is "sentient," England is raising interest rates, the US Senate reached a bipartisan deal on gun safety, the US is lifting Covid test requirements for international travel, and the UK is putting Credit Suisse on watch after a series of scandals.

Bad Friday for stocks, worse weekend for crypto. Let's see if we can get a turnaround this week!

Let's dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 6/10/2022 market close.

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  • Major stock indexes fell over 2% on Friday as May's CPI inflation reading reached the highest level in more than four decades 
    • Investors also dumped US Treasuries with two-year yields rising to their highest level since 2008
  • Crypto had a volatile weekend, with Bitcoin briefly dropping below $27,000 and Ethereum hitting a low of $1,422
  • Oil extended losses over the weekend as investors weighed the prospect of more monetary tightening to combat surging US inflation and potential for more virus restrictions in China


  • What we’re watching this week:
    • Mon: Oracle
    • Thurs: Kroger, Adobe
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Bank of England is set to raise rates again as inflation tops 10% (RT)
  • Google sidelines engineer who claims its AI is sentient (NYT)
  • Bank of England says UK banks are no longer "too big to fail" (RT)
  • Amazon is exiting a $7.7B race for streaming rights over IPL, the world's most popular cricket league (TC)
  • UK regulator put Credit Suisse on watchlist as the bank continues to grapple with series of scandals (FT)   
  • Shopify lost its early investor Mawer over concerns of rising competition, risks in e-commerce, and their recent Deliverr deal (YHOO)  
  • US Senate reached a bipartisan deal on gun safety (AXIOS)
  • US lifts Covid testing requirement for fliers entering the country (CNBC)  
  • DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against JetBlue and American Airlines will go to trial (RT)
  • US House Select Committee investigating Jan 6 attacks held its first public hearing on Friday (RT)
  • Ferrari suffers nightmare double DNF as Red Bull cruises to 1-2 finish at Azerbaijan GP (F1)

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Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • A prominent Gold Fields investor urged the South African miner to cancel its $6.7B takeover of Canada's Yamana Gold, citing profitability concerns (RT)
  • Leading automotive chip supplier Denso is considering a spinoff of its chip business, valued at $3.1B (BBG)
  • A KKR-led consortium has made an unconditional offer to acquire bicycle company Accel at a $1.66B valuation (RT)
  • African food and drink group Promasidor is exploring a $1.5B sale of the company (BBG
  • Philippines' Globe Telecom is seeking to earn $1.5B via a sale of half of its telecommunications tower portfolio (BBG)
  • Sabinal Energy, a Texas oil producer backed by Kayne Anderson, is looking to sell the company at a $1B+ valuation (BBG)
  • EQT Partners is weighing a sale of its stake in specialty packaging firm GPA Global at an $800M valuation (BBG)
  • Cancer therapy developer Zymeworks adopted a poison pill to prevent a hostile takeover from All Blue Capital (RT)
  • Dyal Capital agreed to acquire a minority stake in growth-equity investment firm Lead Edge Capital (BBG)
  • Apollo, among other PE firms, is considering a purchase of Grubhub (YHOO
  • Argentina’s central bank approved fintech Uala’s purchase of digital bank Wilobank (BBG)


  • AI-driven drug discovery startup Charm Therapeutics raised a $50M Series A led by F-Prime Capital  (TC)
  • Edge cloud services provider PPIO raised a $37.6M Series A led by Panlin Capital, China Creation Ventures, IMO Ventures, and more (PRN)
  • Boulder Care, a telehealth provider for patients with substance abuse disorders, raised a $36M Series B with participation from Qiming Venture Partners, US Goodwater Capital, Laerdal Million Lives Fund, and others (PRN)
  • Gaming influencer marketing platform Lurkit raised a $2.7M seed round from VOID Interactive and Behold Ventures (PRN)
  • Identity management platform ZITADEL raised a $2.5M seed round led by Nexus Venture Partners (BW)
  • Blockchain-based gaming site Haste.Arcade raised a $1.5M seed round led by Jonathan Cogley (CEO of Logic Boost Labs) (PRN)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Brazil’s Eletrobras share sale raised $6.9B, privatizing Latin America's biggest utility in the process (RT)
  • Virgin Australia is considering a Sydney IPO as early as 2023, underscoring their faster-that-expected pandemic recovery (BBG
  • Middle East hospital operator VPS Healthcare is set to court investors ahead of its planned Abu Dhabi IPO (BBG)


  • Singapore's Kacific Broadband Satellites is in advanced talks to go public via a $1B SPAC merger with Pegasus Asia (BBG)
  • Online jewelry retailer Blue Nile is going public again through an $873M SPAC deal with Mudrick Capital (MW)


  • Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Canada are offering $2.8B in debt financing for the sale of Motor Fuel Group, UK's largest gas station operator (BBG)
  • Apollo is in talks to provide up to $2B in debt financing for Kohl's sale (RT)


  • EV truck startup Electric Last Mile says it plans to liquidate (BBG)

Crypto Corner

  • JPMorgan wants to bring trillions of dollars of tokenized assets to DeFi (CD)
  • Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao questions the SEC investigation into BNB (CD)
  • ‘Really dumb’: Coinbase CEO slams employee petition to remove execs (DC)
  • Celsius announced that they are pausing all withdrawals, Swap, and transfers between accounts (Celsius)

Exec's Picks

  • Over the weekend, Mario Gabriele wrote a fantastic deep dive about one of the biggest names in venture capital: Y Combinator. Check out his latest here.
  • Jack Raines covered everything you need to know about the LIV Golf tournament in Saturday's Exec Sum column. Check out his thoughts here.

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