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DesignMyNight acquired by the Access Group
  • Who: DesignMyNight, a leading SaaS provider to the hospitality sector
  • Sold to: Access Group, a leading software provider to the UK midmarket, backed by TA Associates
  • Result: Builds a market leader in hospitality software
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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Strategic M&A advice to Visa Europe
  • Who: Visa Europe is the Europe's leading payment firm
  • Result: Strategic review of innovative new technologies to inform M&A strategy for Visa Europe
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
Growth capital for Relayware from Albion Ventures
  • Who: Relayware, a leading provider of SaaS-based B2B collaboration software
  • Funded by: Albion Ventures, one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK
  • Result: A successful funding round to drive the next phase of international growth
Valueworks acquired by HgCapital
  • Who: Valueworks provide an award winning, cloud-based e-Marketplace platform for landlords, contractors and merchants
  • Funded by: Hg Capital, one of the leading private equity firms in the UK
  • Result: Providing partial exit for founders and bringing in new backer to enable Valueworks to acquire additional resources and grow the business to the next stage
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ATGMedia acquisition of
  • Who: BidSpotter Inc, the US-based world leader in industrial and commercial online auctions
  • Sold to: ATGMedia, online marketplace, providing online auction platforms in multiple verticals
  • Result: Cements ATG's position as the leading provider of online auction technology in the global auction market
Salmon acquired by WPP
  • Who: Salmon, Europe's leading ecommerce digital agency
  • Sold to: WPP, the world's largest communications services group
  • Result: Strategic sale of the business to enable the next stage of Salmon's growth to a full-service global digital delivery agency
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LDC acquisition of Metronet (UK)
  • Who: LDC, the UK's leading regional mid-market private equity house
  • Acquisition of: Metronet (UK), which provides business critical data infrastructure to over 500 UK companies, from SMEs to large corporates
  • Result: Buy side advice on valuation and exit options
Bridgepoint Development Capital acquistion of bigHand
  • Who: Bridgepoint Development Capital, one of the leading European private equity funds
  • Acquisition of: bigHand, the award winning voice productivity software developer
  • Result: Providing buyside advice on valuation and exit options to incoming acquirer Bridgepoint Development Capital, in secondary buyout from LDC
Mediafed acquisition of Taptu
  • Who: Taptu, an award-winning mobile search and content discovery company
  • Sold to: Mediafed, the global leader in news-feed distribution and content discovery services
  • Result: To create a digital mobile publishing powerhouse
Zeus Technology funding by SEP
  • Who: Zeus is an acknowledged leader in Internet infrastructure software, developing a new technology to enable companies to securely manage web traffic
  • Funded by: Private placement by Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Cazenove, Cross Atlantic
  • Result: Secured additional funds that supported growth to maximize potential for this company. Secured additional funds that supported growth to maximize potential for this company. Subsequently sold to Riverbed for $140mn
TMG acquisition of Deltapoint
  • Who: Trader Media Group (TMG), the number one market place for motorists in the UK
  • Acquisition of: Deltapoint, real time data provider
  • Result: Enabling TMG to offer new and enhanced services based on real time data to its dealer customers
Growth capital for Rated People from Frog Capital
  • Who: Rated People is the UK's leading online marketplace to connect homeowners with high-quality, recommended tradespeople
  • Funded by: Frog Capital is the leading growth capital investor focused on European technology business
  • Result: Providing Rated People with growth capital to accelerate expansion and invest further in its online platform and mobile applications
Helveta funding by BeCapital and Carbon Trust
  • Who: Helveta is a software company with a pioneering supply chain intelligence software product
  • Funded by: BeCapital, a Luxembourg-based private equity company dedicated to funding cleantech business, Albion Ventures and the Carbon Trust
  • Result: Provided investment to allow Helveta to expand into new areas and extend its presence in the food industry
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Base 79 funding by MMC Ventures
  • Who: Base 79 is the UK's leading independent digital rights management company
  • Funded by: MMC Ventures
  • Result: Allowed Base 79 to build out the ad sales team, roll out the business to other European markets and scale the infrastructure
i20 Water funding by Swarraton and Naxos
  • Who: i20 Water's is the world's leading developer of Smart Pressure Management solutions for water distribution networks
  • Funded by: Swarraton Partners, Naxos Private Equity
  • Result: Delivered funding to support commercial roll out and the growth of the business internationally
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Glasses Direct funding by Acton, Index and Highland
  • Who: Glasses Direct is the largest online optician in the world
  • Funded By: Acton Capital, Index Ventures, Highland Capital Partners
  • Result: Series A and Series B fundraising to support international expansion
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Glasses Direct funding by Index and Highland
  • Who: Glasses Direct is the largest online optician in the world
  • Funded By: Index Ventures, Highland Capital Partners
  • A fundraising to support growth
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Everyclick funding to support growth
  • Who: Everyclick is an online fundraising platform which allows users to raise money for charities
  • Funded by: Undisclosed socially focused fund
  • Result: Brought in a new investor to assist in commercial rollout and growth
Texperts acquisition by kgb
  • Who: Texperts, the UK's premier SMS text-answering or service, supported by an automated software platform and expert researchers
  • Funded by: kgb-118118
  • Result: Brought smart mobile technology to the leading provider of directory services to improve margin and accuracy of response
Multimap acquired by Microsoft
  • Who: Multimap, one of the worlds' leading providers of online mapping and location-based services
  • Sold to: Microsoft, one of the world's largest software companies
  • Result: Successfully negotiated a strategic deal and delivered an outstanding result for Multimap shareholders
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Player One strategic exit advice
  • Who: Player One Sports is a global leader in the ownership, development and distribution of sports-branded mobile phone content
  • Funded by: Flemings Media
  • Result: Strategic review and recommendations for growth and exit of PlayerOne
Smart421 acquired by Kingston Communications
  • Who: Smart421 is a managed services and integration specialist, providing outsourced IT services for mid-market and enterprise organisations
  • Sold to: Kingston Communications, a leading provider of communications solutions
  • Result: An acquirer that offered a good cultural fit and achieved a strategic premium on the deal, far exceeding our client's expectations
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AIM Group acquisition by CS Group
  • Who: AIM Group offers business software and solutions to professionals including law firms, local authorities and consulting firms
  • Sold to: Computer Software Group plc ( CS Group), the AIM listed software group
  • Result: Provided the platform for AIM Group to execute a roll-up in the space to create a dominant player
Centric acquired by Adapt
  • Who: Centric provides managed-business communication services across the UK
  • Sold to: Adapt, an independent Managed Services provider
  • Result: Successfully negotiated a strategic deal and delivered an exit on behalf of shareholders including private equity firm Alchemy
Reevoo funding by Eden Ventures
  • Who: Reevoo is a pioneer of ratings and reviews services for multichannel brands and retailers
  • Funded by: Eden Ventures
  • Result: Private placement with new investor to support the company's growth
Rawflow funding by Balderton
  • Who: Rawflow, developed a high innovative infrastructure software used to broadcast live content over the internet
  • Funded by: Private placement by Balderton Capital
  • Result: Funding to enable the company to roll out international growth
Cassium acquisition by Netstore
  • Who: Cassium, IT services company with a strong business consulting practice and an emerging managed services business
  • Sold to: Netstore plc
  • Result: Successful exit for founder and private equity backers Albion Venture
Growth capital for Webscreen Technology
  • Who: Webscreen is a pioneer in cyber security software to prevent Distributed Denial of Service (Ddos) attacks on websites
  • Funded by: Undisclosed investors
  • Result: Providing Webscreen with growth capital to scale their business
Cassium acquisition of Coronel and Gantock
  • Who: Cassium, IT services company with a strong business consulting practice and an emerging managed services business
  • Acquisition of: Coronel and Gantock
  • Result: Acquired two IT services companies to build critical mass
Omniperception funding by Pentech and Iris Capital
  • Who: OmniPerception is a global supplier of computer vision capabilities, specialising in facial biometrics and advanced image processing
  • Funded by: private placement Pentech and Iris Capital
  • Result: Took OmniPerception through two rounds of funding to fund the commercial roll-out of the technology and ultimately sale to digital
Viewgate acquisitions by Axiom Systems
  • Who: Viewgate Networks was provider of customer-focused service assurance software for Internet Protocol (IP) networks
  • Sold to: Axiom Systems
  • Result: Exit for Advert Venture Partners and Amadeus Capital
AIM Technology funding by Granville Baird and Lynx Capital
  • Who: AIM Technology was a software company delivering enterprise analytical applications to support strategic business decisions
  • Funding by: Private placement with Granville Baird, Lynx Capital
  • Result: Brought in new investors to enable international growth
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