Silverpeak advises UltraSoc on equity funding round

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to UltraSoC, an independent provider of SoC infrastructure based in Cambridge, in its £5m funding round to drive continued deployment of its technology and realize its vision of embedding intelligent analytics capabilities into every silicon chip.

Atlante Tech leads a strong line up of new investors including Enso Ventures, Oxford Capital, and successful CEO & serial entrepreneur Guillaume d’Eyssautier, who join existing investors Octopus Ventures and South East Seed Fund (FSE Group).

UltraSoC’s semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) enables designers to easily and cost-effectively create complex SoCs (systems on chip) with built-in intelligence that continuously monitors and responds to real-world behaviour. This allows SoCs to optimize power consumption and performance and deal with security threats or safety breaches.

Successful development of the company’s debug tools and increased awareness of the technology’s potential benefits has meant a series of significant commercial engagements, with more in the pipeline. Amongst others, HiSilicon (Huawei), Imagination Technologies, Movidius (now Intel), and Microsemi have all licensed UltraSoC technology for use in their designs, delivering proven hardware-embedded benefits to their customers. To ensure these benefits are accessible to customers in all sectors across the globe, UltraSoC partners with leading names in the semiconductor industry including ARM, Baysand, Cadence/Tensilica, CEVA, Codasip, Lauterbach, MIPS and Teledyne LeCroy.

UltraSoC was named one of the 100 most exciting companies in the UK in the 2016 Mishcon de Reya CityAM “Leap 100” list, and nominated by Gartner as one of its 2016 “Cool Vendors”. It was recognized as “Best New Company” in the 2015 ELEKTRA Awards.

Silverpeak worked with the company as their exclusive financial advisor.

Rupert Baines, CEO of UltraSoC said: “Silverpeak were key in this process, to which they brought a unique understanding of our business and industry, their relationships with investors and strategic players, intelligent deal execution and structuring, and unflinching dedication. As an added benefit, we truly enjoyed working with them.”

Pietro Strada, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process, added: “UltraSoC has unique technology that is integral to the evolution of the most complex semiconductor chips: it offers a great investment opportunity. This deal has been successful due to the positive collaboration between the Silverpeak team and UltraSoC’s Board and CEO, whom we thank for the opportunity to advise them.”

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Silverpeak appoints Simon Walker as Chairman

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, today announced the appointment of respected lawyer Simon Walker as Chairman.

Until recently, Simon was a partner in the Corporate Technology Group at international law firm, Taylor Wessing. He brings experience to Silverpeak of growing a large professional services business well positioned in the technology sector.

He joined Taylor Wessing in 1997 where he established its venture capital practice. He has advised on numerous international company sales and acquisitions, as well as venture capital investments, both for funds and companies. Simon initiated and led the setting up of offices in Cambridge and Shoreditch to capitalise on opportunities in the technology sector.

Simon regularly speaks at conferences, has served as Member of Advisory Board – Europe of Cleantech Network LLC and as a member of the British Venture Capital Association’s Venture Capital Committee.

“We are delighted to have such a well-respected professional, who has been instrumental in growing Taylor Wessing into a superb tech focused law firm, join our team. Simon will play a key role in Silverpeak’s continued expansion” said Jean-Michel Deligny, Managing Director at Silverpeak.

Simon commented: “It is a real pleasure to join the Silverpeak team at such an exciting time. I have known them for many years and always admired the advice and service they provide. I am very much looking forward to being involved in Silverpeak’s growth.”