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What is smarter dealmaking?

We deliver all deals using the FirstCapital SMART dealmaking framework. This enables us to ensure the best deal for all parties. By bringing together our market expertise and global connections we can create deals that fit each client’s unique requirement. We think differently and work smarter to deliver win-win deals.

Our SMART dealmaking framework

Structured for Success
“Their step-by-step process is a relatively unique one in the industry. Just purely because of the amount of time they devote to the process, which meant we received bids from every party we met”

– Anne Somers, CEO, ATGMedia

  • Strategic Insight

    “FirstCapital stood out from all the others by demonstrating their understanding of buyers’ needs and focusing on how they would position our company for the best possible outcome, whereas some advisors gave the impression that we were simply one of a conveyor belt of businesses up for sale.”

    Julian Harris, founder, Smart421

  • Marketing

    “FirstCapital had the commitment and tenacity to manage a broadly based, international sale process for Multimap, dealing with the world’s top players in IT. They were thoroughly professional, adding value throughout a complex process, and on hand for support whenever we needed them. We are delighted with the result.”

    Sean Phelan, CEO, Multimap

  • Access

    “The quantity and quality of the offers were outstanding and confirmed our early impressions that FirstCapital had superior access to and understanding of strategic buyers.”

    Chris Harvey, CEO, Salmon

  • Rigorous Negotiation

    “FirstCapital managed to get the best deal for everyone because they were highly tenacious in pursuing all of the angles.”

    Anne Somers, CEO, ATGMedia

  • Transaction Close

    “I want to sell a business, the buyer I’ve entered into exclusivity with wants to buy it. So from there on in, it’s about managing the transaction. FirstCapital were very good at managing both sides of that process, they always looked after us as the client, but they also looked after the transaction and working towards the end result.”

    Paul Davidson, Partner, West Coast Capital

    Teachers2Parents acquired by Education Brands
    • Who: Teachers2Parents, a market leading provider of software to UK schools
    • Sold to: Education Brands, a US education software provider backed by Insight Venture Partners
    • Result: Uniting the two leading providers of back office software for schools to offer a proven suite of best of breed solutions to schools in the US, UK and Europe
    Case Study
    NetDespatch acquired by Royal Mail Group
    • Who: NetDespatch, a global SaaS shipping management solution provider.
    • Sold to: Royal Mail, the UK's leading postal delivery company, established in 1516.
    • Result: Combining the UK’s pre-eminent delivery company with an innovative SaaS platform to provide advanced cloud-based ecommerce and parcel delivery solutions to a global customer base.
    Case Study
    eCommera acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network
    • Who: eCommera, a market-leading ecommerce specialist agency
    • Sold to: Dentsu Aegis Network, a global marketing agency
    • Result: Combining content and brand to deliver an integrated consumer experience
    • Won: Acquisition International’s 2016 Private Equity Award for UK Small-Cap Deal of the Year
    Case Study
    Neoworks acquired by WPP Salmon
    • Who: Neoworks supports brands to integrate cutting edge ecommerce systems
    • Sold to: WPP Salmon, Europe's leading ecommerce digital agency
    • Result: Building critical mass to accelerate the next phase of Salmon's global growth
    ATGMedia acquired by ECI
    • Who: ATGMedia, an online marketplace, providing online auction platforms in multiple verticals
    • Sold to: ECI Partners, a leading UK growth-focused private equity firm
    • Result: Secondary transaction to provide liquidity for early investors, and align shareholders around ongoing international expansion for the next phase of growth
    Case Study
    Marketmaker4 acquired by Xchanging
    • Who: MarketMaker4, a Chicago based company that offers a SaaS platform for eSourcing
    • Sold to: Xchanging plc, the world's third largest procurement services provider
    • Result: Bringing a proprietary SaaS technology platform and US geographic reach to drive growth and international expansion for Xchanging

    They delivered an excellent result for the business and we are extremely happy with the outcome.

    Andrew McGregor, CEO, OrderDynamics

    FirstCapital managed to get the best deal for everybody because they were highly tenacious in pursuing all of the angles.

    Anne Somers, CEO, ATGMedia

    They’re strategic, they’re financial and most importantly when you’re trying to close a deal, they’re tenacious.

    Bob Mann, Chairman and CEO, Relayware

    Everybody’s got to gain out of a deal. Smarter dealmaking means there is something in it for everybody all the way through and everybody walks away from it thinking they’ve won.

    Paul Davidson, Partner, West Coast Capital

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