A track record of smarter deals

FirstCapital is an independently owned investment bank with offices in London, Dublin and Silicon Valley focused on advising high-growth technology companies on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and growth capital transactions.

We take a different approach to dealmaking – a smarter approach. We constantly engage with a world-wide network of senior decision makers within our markets, monitoring key trends, as well as buyer and investor appetite and timing. Our network, industry insight and dealmaking experience means we see opportunities others may not. Our execution is second to none, combining our highly experienced team with our proven proprietary SMART dealmaking framework.

What is Smarter Dealmaking?

What we do

Successful transactions that deliver real value, through our SMART dealmaking framework

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    Maybe you’ve had an inbound approach to acquire your business, or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to sell. How can you be sure you’ve got the best deal from the right buyer? Our SMART dealmaking process is proven to deliver premium results.

  • Private Equity

    All your wealth tied up in your business? Early shareholders looking for some liquidity? Want cash to make an acquisition, or to enable your management team to buy you out? A private equity transaction could be the answer. FirstCapital can help you find the right partner with the right cultural fit to take your business to the next level.

  • Growth Capital

    Your business is growing well but with additional resources, you could grow even faster. Whether you’re expanding into new markets or developing new products, it takes funding to grow a business. At FirstCapital, we find the right investors to help you reach your potential.

  • Strategic Advice

    A successful transaction is a process, not an event. Many of the most successful deals are the result of several years of execution to a plan. You might need to decide on making a strategic acquisition, developing key relationships or where to focus your growth. Our team of smart dealmakers can help you define where value lies, and set you on the path to achieving your strategic goals.

Services & Sectors

What is smarter dealmaking?

A deal is not just a deal. Every client’s needs and circumstances are unique. Smarter dealmaking means understanding our clients’ objectives and optimising the outcome.

All deals are delivered using the FirstCapital SMART dealmaking framework, proven over many transactions, enabling us to secure the best deal for all parties, every time.

We think differently and work smarter to deliver win-win deals.

"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

"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

"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

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

Anne Somers, CEO, ATGMedia

"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

Our Approach

Smarter Thinking

  • Videos

    FirstCapital Culture

    18th December 2018

    The FirstCapital team talks about our company culture, including their personal experiences and opportunities available to them.

  • Demystifying M&A

    How to react to an inbound approach from a buyer

    5th December 2018

    By Jason Purcell It is an exciting moment for a founder or CEO when a potential buyer approaches you and expresses an interest in acquisition. Especially if it is a tech giant from Silicon Valley...

  • News

    FirstCapital advises on secondary buyout for Miles 33

    29th November 2018

    Miles 33 Group Ltd (“Miles 33″), a leading supplier of digital publishing software, has completed a secondary management buyout funded by Ethos Partners and Santander. This deal provides exciting new opportunities for Miles 33, and...

  • Thought Leadership

    View from the Valley: Machine Learning is an M&A Megatrend

    22nd November 2018

    By Sheana O’Sullivan I recently attended the Tech M&A Summit in Palo Alto, hosted by global research and advisory firm 451 Research. This is a leading event for Corporate Development leaders who drive M&A decisions...

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