SILVERPEAK ADVISES MARINE AUTONOMOUS ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS VAARST ON $20M FINANCING ROUND

Silverpeak, the mid-market technology specialists that represent European growth businesses in M&A and financing transactions, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Vaarst and its sister company Rovco, the UK-based innovative ‘blue-economy’ technology and renewables-focussed services businesses, on a significant growth investment to help drive the next phase of expansion. Legal & General and Equinor co-led the round; other participants include strategic investor for the US intelligence and defence communities In-Q-Tel, and existing shareholders Foresight Group and Martlet Capital.

Vaarst is a leading provider of subsea 3D computer vision and SLAM technologies; supporting offshore wind, wave & tidal, scientific, and maritime security sector. It also uses ground-breaking AI-based technology to revolutionise how energy companies manage subsea infrastructure and improve asset integrity.

Rovco delivers Vaarst technology into the energy transition space mainly focused on its use for subsea surveys in the offshore wind where it is a market leader in the UK, and in oil field decommissioning.

This new investment enables Vaarst & Rovco to continue global expansion plans, targeting the USA and Asia, as well as increasing its presence across Europe. Its existing customers include Iberdrola, SSE and Deepocean.

Silverpeak was engaged due to its expertise in deep tech, software, and knowledge of the international investor market. We advised Rovco & Vaarst on its Series B financing by positioning the company as an autonomous robotics leader in the global blue technology sector and approaching a range of international financial investors as well as strategic counterparties with a strong interest in renewable energy and ESG-focused investments.

Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco/Vaarst said, “The Silverpeak team helped us build the equity story and business plan; held in-depth discussions with global investors; put together the multi-party transaction; and provided invaluable support throughout the process all the way to closing – it was a huge undertaking and I’m sure resulted in a better outcome than managing the process in-house”

David Ford, Partner at Silverpeak leading the process added “Through this process, we confirmed that the Vaarst technology is years ahead of any competition, and with this capital injection from some great investors the business is now very well placed to capitalise on the huge opportunities in the subsea marine robotics space.”

For more information please contact David Ford, Partner: df@silverpeakib.com

Worksmart sale to Davies Group

Worksmart is the leading supplier of regulatory technology (“RegTech”) for people and process management. The Worksmart product range enables organisations to track and manage regulatory processes across customer complaints & feedback, quality assurance, training & competence, the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (“SM&CR”) in the UK, and the Individual Accountability Regime (“IAR”) in Singapore.

Based in Milton Keynes, UK, Worksmart serves financial services organisations across insurance, banking, investment and consumer credit, helping them to manage the growing complexity of operating within the highly regulated space. Worksmart is the number one provider of RegTech for complaints management and feedback in the Lloyd’s market, and the firm’s proprietary platform ‘Foundation’ remains the “go-to” solution for training & competence needs within the Banking and Wealth Management sectors. The firm’s SaaS solution ‘Accord’ is the only purpose-built SM&CR tech available in the UK.

Silverpeak worked with the management team to uncover every source of value and refine the equity story before identifying the most relevant global buyers that would benefit from this RegTech business with a dominant position in the UK market and further market growth in Singapore and Ireland. The whole process was completed in under 6 months.

Andy Nightingale, Worksmart CEO, said, “Silverpeak worked hard and fast to understand every element of our business, discovering sources of hidden value that proved strategically important to our eventual acquirer. I have no doubt this helped deliver a materially higher sale price.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, ”Having had a very competitive process with strategic buyers from Europe and the US, BC Partners’ portfolio company Davies were ideal due to a great cultural fit whilst providing a lot of leverage to the business in its next chapter of growth.”

Silverpeak advises new space leader D-Orbit on pre-SPAC financing round

D-Orbit addresses the logistics needs of the space industry and is the first-mover to provide in-space satellite transportation services for commercial and institutional clients via its ION satellite carrier. This orbital transfer vehicle transports satellites in-orbit and releases them individually into distinct orbital slots, significantly reducing both the time from launch to operations and also the launch costs of an entire satellite constellation. The company has already launched four ION missions which have successfully and precisely deployed over 70 customer satellites.

Silverpeak worked closely with the company to raise a financing round, including strategic and financial investors, which was structured as a convertible instrument in light of the pending SPAC transaction.

Luca Rossettini, D-Orbit CEO said “Silverpeak’s in-depth knowledge of the space market together with its outstanding execution capabilities and connections with investors across the sector proved invaluable. The team helped us build our investment case, financial models and presentations which led to interest from global investors, ultimately paving the way to the NASDAQ listing that we have just announced.”

David Ford, partner at Silverpeak added “Luca and the team at D-Orbit have done a first-class job of delivering missions and customer value in this sector, in a capital-efficient way. We are proud to have worked with the global leader in satellite last-mile delivery, and believe the space sector will continue to offer fantastic investment opportunities.”

Silverpeak advises CloudTrade on sale to Advanced

This is Silverpeak’s third software transaction in the last two weeks, reinforcing our expertise and experience advising software companies in Europe on both funding and M&A.

CloudTrade was founded in 2010 to offer a fresh approach to electronic document processing. Their unique, patented technology, enables companies to evolve past their reliance on paper or labour-intensive manual processing and transact digitally with their trading partners, irrespective of size or technical maturity. CloudTrade’s core product suite focuses on e-invoicing, including Universal Capture to automate all volumes and document types, Invoice Fraud Protection, as well as Intelligent Ordering Processing.

Silverpeak worked with the CloudTrade board to navigate multiple inbound approaches from global strategic buyers and generate competitive tension. This delivered multiple offers valuing the business at a strategic price, thus negating the need for a broader process. After engaging in a thorough preparation phase, the Silverpeak team worked to a tight timetable to quickly qualify the inbound approaches, negotiate the transaction and manage the process through to completion.

David Cocks, CloudTrade CEO, said, “Silverpeak spent the time to understand the goals of the shareholders and created an excellent Company overview with detailed numerical analysis. The team at Silverpeak took control of the whole process and without their diligence, tenacity and attention to detail I have doubts whether it would have actually happened. It was really encouraging and exciting to have an experienced team working on our side, fully aligned with our objectives.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, ”This is a great outcome for David and his team at CloudTrade, demonstrating significant leverage to the investment round he received just over 3 years ago. Many transactions have a hurdle that appears during the process that needs to be overcome. This was no different. Silverpeak’s imaginative solution, working with the buyer, ensured we kept on track. Advanced is a very suitable strategic home for the business where the technology and platform can be fully exploited.”

Origami

Origami is a technology company on a mission to build a green energy world, powered by smart technology. As ambitious climate targets drive a transition to renewables, energy systems are becoming more distributed, complex, and volatile. We cannot turn the wind and sun on or off to meet supply and demand in the same way that we have done previously with power stations. Smart digital solutions are required to better manage our power grid as more and more renewable assets are added. Powerful real-time solutions are critical to coordinate networks of renewables, flexible demand and energy storage, to build a green energy system that is efficient, profitable, and sustainable for the long term.

Origami’s trading and automation software provides power traders with real-time data and machine-learning decision support tools to reduce risk, improve visibility and capture valuable opportunities within new and rapidly evolving energy markets. This new investment enables Origami to enhance its products, serve a growing customer base and scale up for international markets. The success of this funding round also highlights the increasing investor appetite to back leading tech companies pursuing the reduction of global carbon emissions.

Silverpeak was engaged due to its expertise in SaaS / Software and fund raising to advise Origami on its Series C financing, positioning the company as a future global software leader in the energy sector. As part of the process, Silverpeak approached an international range of financial investors (VC & mega infrastructure funds looking to fund enabling technologies) as well as strategic counterparties with a strong interest in renewable energy and ESG focused software investments.

Silverpeak assisted the Origami team in developing a clear and compelling equity story, prepared an in-depth international expansion fuelled business plan, actively supported management during their interaction with investors, and negotiated management friendly terms, resulting in a successful investment round with a Tier 1 ESG focused Financial Institution.

Peter Bance, Origami CEO, said, “Origami’s recent fund raise will help us become the leading independent technology platform for the energy sector, and accelerate the global transition to net zero. Silverpeak really understands technology companies, and they helped us ‘translate’ our equity story into a language that investors would easily understand.”

Paddy MccGwire, Silverpeak Managing Partner leading the transaction said, “Origami’s evolving SaaS platform is a game changer for the energy sector globally as it addresses the opportunities and liabilities of increasing volatility caused by renewable energy on the grid. We are very pleased to have advised the Origami team and sourced this Series C investment led by Barclay’s Sustainable Impact Capital with follow on from existing investors.”

V-Nova

V-Nova is a London-based, IP and software company founded by Guido Meardi, Pierdavide Marcolongo and others. The company’s technology improves data compression as the core enabler of a vast portfolio of innovative applications based on the game-changing use of AI and parallel processing for video and image compression and analytics.

The capital raised will be used to further develop and accelerate the commercial rollout of V-Nova’s video compression software:

  • MPEG-5 LCEVC, the first and only enhancement standard that improves any video codec, can address the totality of the video distribution market. It boosts the quality of experience of existing video services and enables new user experiences while improving video delivery to the end-user in a cost and energy-efficient way.
  • SMPTE VC-6 is a professional production codec that offers higher quality at faster speeds than existing alternatives. Furthermore, VC-6 accelerates AI media indexing multi-fold, enabling the next generation of intelligent media.

Silverpeak was appointed due to its expertise in Deeptech, relationships with global growth investors and reputation as a trusted advisor to the best tech companies. The deal team worked with management to determine the ideal funding strategy. Silverpeak then ran the optimal process exploring multiple funding options, which culminated in the $33m financing by prominent tech entrepreneurs, investment firms and returning shareholders.

Guido Meardi said: “Silverpeak has been at our side with huge dedication and provided very valuable support throughout the deal. They have brought unparalleled skills in presenting V-Nova’s unique story and created a lot of interest from investors. Their professionalism, drive and execution capabilities gained them the trust of our Board and management team. It has been a pleasure working with them.”

Pietro Strada, a Managing Partner at Silverpeak added “We are proud to have advised V-Nova and to have worked with Guido, Pierdavide, Antonio (Filippi) and the other team members. V-Nova is a true global leader and has huge potential. We are confident that this financing round will accelerate its growth and propel it to even greater successes.”

Silverpeak advises fibre broadband network operator Zzoomm on £100m investment by Oaktree

Zzoomm was founded by industry veteran Matthew Hare, who launched rural broadband player Gigaclear a decade ago, and this year hired former Virgin Media and TalkTalk executive Richard Sinclair as its chief operating officer. The company has built a full-fibre network in Henley-on-Thames over the past 12 months and plans to expand to similar locations to build a telecoms company focused on market towns that need higher internet speeds. The Oaktree investment will fund a rollout to pass 1m homes with freshly laid fibre optic cables within five years.

Silverpeak was appointed due to its expertise in growth fundraising and connections with global investors. A range of infrastructure investors with strong interest in telecoms and tech infrastructure were approached. The deal team advised the company on the funding strategy and managed the process from start to finish.

Matthew Hare said: “Silverpeak has been at my side with huge dedication and provided very valuable support throughout the whole deal. They have created a lot of interest from investors, helped us to choose the right financial partner and skillfully negotiated the deal. The Board really trusted their advice”.

Pietro Strada, a Managing Partner at Silverpeak added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Matthew and the Zzoomm team and helping them bring in the right partner for the next phase of their journey.”

For more information please contact Pietro Strada: ps@silverpeakib.com

Trafi

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Trafi, the Vilnius and London based multi-modal urban transport platform, on its financing round led by Sumitomo Corporation and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance. The two Japanese corporates were joined by existing investors Octopus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Virtual Clarity

Virtual Clarity is Silverpeak’s 7th transaction in the last 6 months.

Founded in 2008, Virtual Clarity is based largely in the U.K. and U.S. The company is comprised of a blend of enterprise IT insiders and hands-on experts with deep knowledge of modern tools, techniques and key industries – including Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Telecommunications.

The acquisition of Virtual Clarity aims to further position DXC as a leading provider of IT Modernization services for applications and infrastructure. This builds on DXC’s acquisition earlier this year of Luxoft as clients increasingly are seeking industry-specific application development and innovation as part of their IT modernization approach.

Silverpeak worked with the Virtual Clarity board as adviser on their journey to a strategic realisation. We approached global strategic buyers and PE growth investors. Having secured multiple Tier 1 offers, we managed the process to a tight completion timetable.

Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the deal added “We are delighted to have advised Steve on this fourth transaction. Steve and his team at Virtual Clarity have built a great business and will be able to accelerate its impact to leave a footprint in the sand, reporting directly to the DXC CEO.”

Steve Peskin, CEO and founder of Virtual Clarity said, “This is my fourth transaction with Paddy and his team, starting 20 years ago. He has always outperformed but this time Paddy, Matteo and their team absolutely nailed it. From first offer to completion in 50 days, and from LOI in only 19 business days, was always going to be a monumental task but they pulled it off masterfully with calming humour, great expertise and advice and nerves of steel. Bravo! ”