Blackstone pays $2.3 billion to acquire Japanese healthcare business
The consumer health-care business of Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical has been acquired by the Blackstone Group for ¥242 billion ($2.3 billion). The drugmaker has been selling assets to pare down debt and focus on prescription drugs.

Hg, TPG invests $12.2bn at a Visma deal
London-based firm Hg and other buyout groups have agreed to invest in Norwegian software developer Visma Group, a leading European software company. The deal is at 12.2bn, which is also one of the software sector’s biggest buyouts.

EQT agrees to acquire EdgeConneX for $3bn
Financial terms weren’t announced, but reports suggest that EdgeConneX sold for $3bn. Providence Equity, is exiting the deal, together with Brown Brothers Harriman. Other investors include Comcast Ventures, Cox Communications Venture Group, Liberty Global, Meritage Funds, True Ventures, and TDF Ventures.

Lambda School Raises $74M To Expand Online Education
Lambda School, A start-up revolutionary school gains $74 million in a Series C funding round led by Gigafund, the VC firm known for its investments in companies like SpaceX.

Lunar Tech Startup ispace Closes $28M
Ispace, a Japanese space tech startup, has raised a $28 million Series B funding round, which will be used to help it continue to develop its commercial lunar landing.

Exo Raises $40M To Bring Ultrasound Device To Market
Exo has raised $40 million in new funding. The company is a developer of a handheld ultrasound device. The fund will be used for research and product development.

Yalochat Closes $15M Series B Funding
B Capital Group, the venture firm fronted by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, led a US$15 million Series B capital raise in Yalochat, a CRM Platform, marking its first investment in the Latin American market.

BlockFi Gains $50M In Series C Round
BlockFi announced that it has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Morgan Creek Digital. The Funds will be used to grow the team and expand BlockFi’s business lines, including a bitcoin rewards-based credit card and support for additional assets and currencies.

PadSplit Gains $10M Series A Round To Create Affordable Housing Units
PadSplit, an Atlanta-based affordable housing tech startup, has raised $10 million. Core Innovation Capital led the round, together with Alate Partners, Citi, Kapor Capital, Impact Engine, and Cox Enterprises. The fund will be used to bring PadSplit’s affordable housing model to more people, cities, and property owners.

Chili Piper Raised $18M Fund For Customer Conversion Platform
The San Francisco-based company was started by Nicolas Vandenberghe and his wife, Alina Vandenberghe in 2016. Its tools help sales teams connect with inbound opportunities after a potential client fills out a form on a website. Base10 Partners led the new investment, together with Gradient Ventures and Flashpoint Venture Capital.

Movable Ink Raised $30M Series C
Movable Ink, a marketing software startup company that creates custom visual content for emails and other digital marketing channels has raised $30 million in a new Series C round. The company plans on expanding in Europe, Australia, and Japan.

Carrot Fertility Banks $24M Series B Funding
Carrot Fertility, a company that helps employers offer their workers fertility benefits that are flexible has raised $24M Series B Funding to boost their worker’s benefits.

Odeko Raised $12M Series A Funding; Merges With Cloosiv To Introduce a New Mobile-Ordering App
Odeko and Cloosiv merged to form a connected supply and demand management application for cafes and coffee shops. The Fund will be used to develop further app features and for customers to see how their purchase is making a difference in the community.

Restaurant rewards booking app Raised $30M Acquires VenueBook To Boost Events Business
Seated, The New York-based restaurant booking platform that rewards customers with credits for gift cards, has raised $30 million in funding and has acquired another industry startup, VenueBook, a platform to reserve space at restaurants and other venues.