Tom Brady Is Back

Brady is back after a brief two month retirement, France might nationalize one of its biggest energy producers, Russian missiles hit Ukrainian military base near the Polish border, a US journalist was killed near Kyiv, Discovery shareholders approve Warner merger, Rihanna makes plans to take her lingerie company public, and Friday Beers raised a seed round.

Litquidity Capital
March 14, 2022

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Good Morning,

Epic weekend at SXSW. Kicked it with Doing Things Media, Friday Beers, and hundreds of others in Austin. Nursing a fat hangover rn.

Tom Brady is back after a brief two month retirement, France might nationalize one of its biggest energy producers, Russian missiles hit a Ukrainian military base near the Polish border, Uber adds new fees to account for rising fuel costs, and Friday Beers raised a seed round.

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Let's dive in.

Before The Bell

As of 3/11/2022 market close.

If you want to learn more about crypto trading strategies and the world of DeFi, check out our Foot Guns newsletter.

Markets

  • The Dow closed down 2% last week for its fifth consecutive week in the red, as the Nasdaq and S&P dropped 3.5% and 2.9%, respectively
  • Investors will continue watching both the Russia-Ukraine war and fallout from continued economic sanctions 
  • The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its target fed funds rate by a quarter basis point at the end of its two-day meeting on Wednesday, so investors will be watching closely and listening in on clues about the economy and inflation

Earnings

  • What we’re watching this week:
    • Wed: Williams Sonoma
    • Thurs: Accenture, GameStop, FedEx, Warby Parker 
  • Full calendar here

Headline Roundup

  • Tom Brady announces that he is returning to play for the Bucs in 2022 (Tom Brady)
  • Qatar’s foreign minister to visit Moscow over Iran, Ukraine (BBG)
  • France weighs fresh move to nationalize $30B power giant EDF (BBG)
  • Russian energy company’s $222M London office sale unravels (BBG)
  • Premier League bars Chelsea’s Abramovich as buyers encircle (BBG)
  • Russian missiles strike Ukrainian military training base near Polish border (WSJ)
  • US won’t negotiate Ukraine-related sanctions with Russia to save Iran nuclear deal (WSJ)
  • Uber imposes new customer fees to offset gas prices (WSJ)
  • China leads the way with private 5G networks at industrial factories (WSJ)
  • US, China aides to meet as tensions mount over Russia (AP)
  • Puff Bar, other e-cigarette makers to get more scrutiny under spending bill (BBG)

A Message From Ledger

Are Your Apes Running Wild?

Picture this: You just bought Bored Ape #1289 – you know, the one with the gold teeth and the captain’s hat, iconic – when suddenly, your combo of clumsy fingers and tiny screen come together to accidentally send it off to parts unknown. 

There goes $500,000 down the drain. Whoopsie!

Okay, so that scenario is a bit dramatic. But when you’re dealing with assets worth a cool half a mil, it pays to be careful – and that’s where the new Ledger Nano S Plus comes into play.

This upgraded version of the world’s most popular digital wallet works overtime to give you everything you need to manage your crypto, NFTs, and tokens. 

  • More memory lets you handle over 5,500 digital assets and have over 100 apps installed simultaneously
  • Larger screen enables a smoother user experience and makes it easier to navigate and verify transactions
  • The Nano S Plus ensures the same level of security than the other Ledger devices and keeps your coins & NFTs offline and protected
  • Send and sign your NFT transactions with full transparency in Ledger Live: what you see is what you sign

Say it with us: I will spare no cost when it comes to securing my crypto, NFTs, and tokens because I don’t want to move into mom’s basement. Again.

Deal Flow

M&A / Investments

  • Discovery shareholders approve $43B merger with WarnerMedia (RT)
  • Education and publishing company Pearsons said Apollo’s offer of ~$8.48B ‘undervalues the business’ (BBG)
  • EnCap Investments is exploring a sale of US oil producer Ameredev II in a potential $4B+ deal (RT)
  • China’s JD Logistics agreed to buy domestic courier Deppon Logistics for ~$1.42B (RT)
  • Carlyle agreed to buy Italian motorcycle clothing brand Dainese in a $691M deal (BBG)
  • Italy’s Banco BPM is considering a possible sale or partnership for its payments unit (BBG)
  • Danish transport company Maersk plans to sell its holdings in Russian ports due to the war in Ukraine (BBG)
  • Yuga Labs, the creators of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, agreed to buy the IP of the CryptoPunks and Meebits collections from Larva Labs in an estimated $100M+ deal (BBG)
  • 777 Partners agreed to buy Belgian soccer club Standard Liege (BBG)
  • US Hotel REIT Watermark Lodging Trust is exploring options including a sale of itself (BBG)

VC

  • Indian edtech startup Byju’s raised an $800M round at a ~$22B valuation from Byju Raveendran, Sumeru Ventures, Vitruvian Partners, and BlackRock (TC)
  • Enterprise startup investor Sorenson Ventures closed a $150M fund aimed at early and seed-stage startups (TC)
  • Autonomous shopping solutions platform AiFi raised a $65M Series B from ALDI South Group, Żabka Group, REWE, Verizon Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures (PRN)
  • Mori, a startup aiming to extend the shelf-life of food to reduce waste and create more sustainable supply chains, raised a $50M Series B1 led by Prelude Ventures (BW)
  • Live video infrastructure startup 100ms raised a $20M Series A led by Falcon Edge (TC)
  • AI-powered legal platform Justpoint raised a $6.9M seed extension round led by Divergent Capital and Charge Ventures (PRN)
  • Instagram comedy breakout Friday Beers raises $6M seed round led by former AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and investment banker Robert Greenhill. The company also rebranded to Almost Friday Media (BI)

IPO / Direct Listings / Issuances / Block Trades

  • Singer Rihanna’s lingerie company Savage X Fenty is working with advisors on a potential $3B+ IPO (BBG)
  • Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda put a hold on its planned $3B IPO for its shopping mall unit (BBG)
  • Indian fintech startup Navi filed initial documents for a potential $440M IPO (BBG
  • Ride-hailing company Didi plunged 44% on Friday after halting their planned Hong Kong stock listing (BBG)

Debt

  • UK software business The Access Group is seeking to borrow ~$3.95B to refinance existing debt and to facilitate acquisitions (BBG)

Crypto Corner

  • LootLARP is ‘embedding’ NFTs into physical objects for a real-life role-playing game (TBC)
  • Ukraine minister calls on Tether to bar Russians from using its stablecoin (TBC)
  • CryptoPunks Ethereum NFT sales surge 1200% after Bored Ape creators acquire IP (DC)

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The Hiring Block

  • If you're looking to break into finance, lateral, or move out, check out our job board on Pallet, where we curate highly relevant roles for you. We've got 40+ jobs spanning IB, S&T, VC, tech, private equity, DeFi, crypto, CorpDev and more. We sift through all the noise on LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, etc. so you don't have to.
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