Paddy MccGwire

Innovative and energetic, Paddy MccGwire brings over 25 years’ experience in the technology sector to the Silverpeak management team.

With hundreds of millions of pounds worth of deals under his belt, Paddy specialises in private equity, software/SaaS, digital and tech enabled services. His entrepreneurial spirit and pragmatic approach allows him to tackle a wide range of “complicated” or “difficult” deals with ease, in addition to more straightforward situations.

Paddy’s extensive experience in the sector includes seven years at private equity group 3i after a stint at electronics group STC plc. Prior to co-founding Silverpeak, Paddy founded Cobalt Corporate Finance in 1996 which he led until the merger. He has also acquired a software business, so understands the real issues in growing a tech business.

Over the years Paddy has crafted a reputation for being open, honest and frank with his past, present and prospective clients. His eye for detail is never compromised despite his passion for chasing the deal. Known for his ability to distill vast amounts of detail into key salient points, Paddy prides himself in communicating clearly all options available to his clients.

“When doing deals and investigating options for our clients, our own entrepreneurial spirit is key. I’ve run my own business since I was 29, over 25 years ago. I’m used to taking risks, we treat every deal as if it was our own business.”

“Having had direct experience on all sides of the equation, we understand the key issues for shareholders, management, investors and acquirers – and so can identify and resolve issues before they become a hindrance.”

Paddy is a founding member of the international M&A network Globalscope, with active members on every continent. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester (UMIST), and is a Liveryman of the Information Technologists.

In his free time Paddy is often found in Swanage, loves playing on any boats, skiing off-piste and recently doing a triathlon. He is rather passionate about England rugby and lucky having two great kids who are now young men making their own way.

Pietro Strada

Dynamic and passionate, Pietro Strada brings over two decades experience of investment banking in the technology sector to the Silverpeak senior team.

Pietro’s extensive experience encompasses the successful completion of many transactions of all types: trade sales, growth financings, public takeovers, mergers and divestitures. The majority of these were cross-border deals spanning the globe from Europe (UK and most other countries), North America and MEA.

Best known for his upfront, straight talking style, Pietro believes in developing solid relationships with his clients through the reliable delivery of great results, preferring to focus on high quality deals rather than flamboyant marketing speak.

“We’re obsessed with quality and with the service that we provide, so we don’t take shortcuts and we work very hard to deliver the highest quality results for our clients. We are a very technical company, we deep dive into the technology and business side, understanding the products and how they would fit with the counterparties’ strategy.”

His deal-making track-record was built over two decades in various senior roles: as Principal at Jefferies Tech team (formerly Broadview), as Managing Director at Torch Partners, and as founder of his own boutique firm, Centreboard Partners.

Pietro’s other professional experience includes roles as Corporate Development Director at LexisNexis (a division of RELX), consultant at Bain & Co. and an electronic design engineer at OHB System and Italtel. Pietro holds an MBA from INSEAD and a MSc in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He speaks fluent English, Italian, German, French and some Spanish.

In his free time he loves to practice sports (tennis, sailing, skiing, running and cycling), spend time with his wife and children, and support his charitable interests.