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SocialShield (which provided online security specifically for younger and social media users), while ITP, with Investcorp having some $34 billion under management, has made many acquisitions (and divestments) over the years, with some of the tech deals including Ubisense, Zeta Interactive and Dialogic.n”,”protected”:false},”excerpt”:”rendered”:”

Mergers and acquisitions largely grinded to a halt at the end of March, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic spreading around the world, but today comes news of a deal out of Europe that underscores where pockets of activity are still happening. Avira, a cybersecurity company based out of Germany that provides antivirus, identity […]n”,”protected”:false,”author”:13119829,”featured_media”:1968000,”comment_status”:”open”,”ping_status”:”closed”,”sticky”:false,”template”:””,”format”:”standard”,”meta”:”outcome”:””,”status”:””,”crunchbase_tag”:0,”amp_status”:””,”relegenceEntities”:[],”relegenceSubjects”:[],”jetpack_publicize_message”:”German security firm Avira has been acquired by Investcorp at a $180M valuation https://tcrn.ch/2Rnry3U by @ingridlunden”,”categories”:[449557044,449557100,60523764,449560964,21587494,17396],”tags”:[576755116,576755115,576740177,576755117,576755118,801],”crunchbase_tag”:[],”tc_stories_tax”:[],”tc_event”:[],”jetpack_featured_media_url”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/GettyImages-1142703977.jpg”,”jetpack_publicize_connections”:[],”shortlink”:”https://tcrn.ch/2Rnry3U”,”rapidData”:”pt”:””,”pct”:””,”featured”:false,”subtitle”:””,”fundingRound”:false,”seoTitle”:””,”seoDescription”:””,”premiumContent”:false,”premiumCutoffPercent”:1,”tc_cb_mapping”:[],”associatedEvent”:null,”event”:null,”authors”:[13119829],”hideFeaturedImage”:false,”_links”:”self”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1972450″],”collection”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts”],”about”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/types/post”],”replies”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/comments?post=1972450″],”version-history”:[“count”:1,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1972450/revisions”],”predecessor-version”:[“id”:1972455,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1972450/revisions/1972455″],”authors”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/13119829″],”https://techcrunch.com/edit”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1972450&action=edit”],”author”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/tc/v1/users/13119829″],”wp:featuredmedia”:[“embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media/1968000″],”wp:attachment”:[“href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/media?parent=1972450″],”wp:term”:[“taxonomy”:”category”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/categories?post=1972450″,”taxonomy”:”post_tag”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tags?post=1972450″,”taxonomy”:”_tc_cb_tag_taxonomy”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/crunchbase_tag?post=1972450″,”taxonomy”:”tc_stories_tax”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_stories_tax?post=1972450″,”taxonomy”:”tc_event”,”embeddable”:true,”href”:”https://techcrunch.com/wp-json/wp/v2/tc_event?post=1972450″],”curies”:[“name”:”wp”,”href”:”https://api.w.org/rel”,”templated”:true],”_embedded”:{“authors”:[“id”:13119829,”name”:”Ingrid Lunden”,”url”:””,”description”:””,”link”:”https://techcrunch.com/author/ingrid-lunden/”,”slug”:”ingrid-lunden”,”avatar_urls”:”24″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6648ec93043f0f368091adece63c6d52?s=24&d=identicon&r=g”,”48″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6648ec93043f0f368091adece63c6d52?s=48&d=identicon&r=g”,”96″:”https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6648ec93043f0f368091adece63c6d52?s=96&d=identicon&r=g”,”links”:”facebook”:”https://www.facebook.com/ingridlunden”,”twitter”:”https://twitter.com/ingridlunden”,”linkedin”:”https://www.linkedin.com/in/ingridlunden”,”crunchbase”:”https://www.crunchbase.com/person/ingrid-lunden”,”position”:”Writer”,”cbDescription”:”

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Public markets around the world have been tanking for the past few weeks, and many companies simply canu2019t operate during a lockdown. Sheltering in place has had some terrible economic consequences, with a record number of Americans getting laid off, including many startup employees.n

But what is happening in Europe? You might also be wondering whether European tech startups have to lay off a significant chunk of their workforce and whether financial capital has become scarce.n

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Thatu2019s why I interviewed Jean de La Rochebrochard, a partner for Kima Ventures, backed by French telco and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel. They focus on seed and Series A investments and invest in dozens of startups each year. He oversees hundreds of startup investments at any given time, which means he has his finger on the pulse of the tech ecosystem in France and across Europe.n

The interview was translated from French and edited for clarity and brevity.n


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TechCrunch: At Kima Ventures, have you seen any change when it comes to investment pace?n

Jean de La Rochebrochard: There has been a big change at the deal-flow level. But we already committed to some deals before the lockdown. Weu2019re currently closing all the deals that we were looking at. Over the past 15 days, weu2019ve closed 15 deals, I think.n

So it might slow down in the next 15 or 30 daysu2026n

Yes, itu2019s going to slow down, thatu2019s for sure. But weu2019ll only know for sure in a month when weu2019re done with our backlog.



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