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Chinese AI Facial Recognition Firm CloudWalk Technology Raises 75M Series B Round

Shunwei Capital, Oriza Holdings and Puhua Capital have led a RMB500 million (US$75 million) series B round in CloudWalk Technology Co., Ltd., an artificial intelligence facial recognition firm whose technology is widely applied in the financial, public security and aviation sectors. Yuexiu Financial Holdings Group, Shenzhen Qianhai Xingwang Investment Co. and a fund co-invested by Galaxy Holding and Zhangjiang Group participated in the new funding round. Cloudwalk also received RMB2 billion (US$301 million) from the government of Guangzhou to set up …

Legend-Backed Payment Platform Lakala Files for ChiNext Listing

Beijing-based third-party payment platform Lakala Payment Co., Ltd., backed by Chinese Legend Holdings, is planning for listing on ChiNext, the NASDAQ-style bourse of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, after the company’s planned back-door listing via a reverse merger with Shanghai-listed Tibet Tourism failed to materialize.

AMC To Acquire Odeon & UCI Cinemas From Terra Firma

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., the U.S. cinema chain owned by Dalian Wanda Group, has agreed to acquire London-based Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group from private equity firm Terra Firma in a transaction valued at approximately £921 million (US$$1.2 billion). The deal, if completed, will make AMC the largest cinema operator globally with over 7,600 screens. It will also provide an exit for Terra Firma on a 12-year-old investment. Terra Firma bought Odeon in 2004 for €650m to merge with UCI, …