Silverpeak advises additive manufacturing and advanced materials leader, CRP, on strategic investment by ITT

CRP has invested in carbon-reinforced 3D printing since 1996, becoming a pioneer in additive manufacturing in Europe. It has advanced additive manufacturing capabilities through its Windform technology range, the leading, lightweight, fiber-reinforced composite materials for industrial 3D printing. Initially focused on manufacturing of high-performing parts with  applications in motor racing, including Formula One vehicles, CRP now works with clients in the space, aerospace, defense and premium automotive industries to create complex designs that help reduce mass, weight, and costs, while shortening lead times and enhancing endurance.

Silverpeak worked closely with CRP on this transaction, supporting the group in the preparation phase, identification of suitable investors and negotiations of the terms and the structure of the transaction up to the closing.

Franco Cevolini, Chief Executive Officer of CRP Technology, said: “Silverpeak are true technology enthusiasts who brought vitality and professionalism to every stage of our transaction. They understand additive manufacturing and were able to identify the best strategic and financial partners. They displayed tenacity and sophistication when it really mattered, to achieve the very best deal.”

Pietro Strada, Managing Partner at Silverpeak said: “We are delighted to have worked with CRP’s management and shareholders led by Franco Cevolini, and to have achieved this transformative deal with ITT. The Cevolini family is an incredible example of entrepreneurialism and CRP has gained a great position in the global additive manufacturing industry. We are proud to have had the chance to work with them”.

For more information please contact Pietro Strada, Managing Partner

ps@silverpeakib.com

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

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.”

Msite

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to MSite, the Liverpool-based provider of workforce management SaaS and solutions, on its acquisition by the Infobric Group (a portfolio company of Summa Equity). This acquisition unites the domestic market leadership of MSite and Infobric, in the UK and the Nordic region respectively, to create a European digital leader serving the construction sector.

MSite is a leading technology company in workforce management at construction sites. MSite’s platform is actively deployed by Tier 1 contractors such as Balfour Beatty, BAM, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction, as well as on the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is estimated that 40% of the UK’s construction workforce is enrolled on MSite’s platform today.

MSite will now become part of the Infobric Group. This acquisition is Infobric’s first outside the Nordic region and an important part of its international growth. MSite’s UK market-leading position lays the foundation for knowledge transfer that will strengthen Infobric’s offering for its entire customer base.

Silverpeak worked with MSite and its shareholders as their exclusive adviser to explore their options. Upon identifying the right time to launch the process, the Silverpeak team worked to a tight timetable to prepare the process, identify and pre-qualify potential buyers, negotiate the transaction and manage the process through to final completion, all within 4 months.

Neil Norman, Founder and CEO of MSite said: “To an entrepreneur, first exposure to the world of corporate finance advisors is daunting and you naturally question the value of their service. Frankly speaking, we could not have done this without the expertise and hard work of the Silverpeak team. At first, they challenged us to get ready for what was to come, then they expertly took the transaction across the line. If we do another deal, it will be with Pietro and the Silverpeak team.”

Pietro Strada, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process, added: “We are delighted to have advised MSite on this transformative transaction in the construction technology sector. Neil and his team have built a market-leading company centered around Msite’s SaaS platform, which has been validated by many of the most demanding and innovative UK construction companies. We thank MSite’s shareholders for their trust in Silverpeak and are proud to have delivered a great outcome for all.”

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

Oxbotica

We also advised Oxbotica on their successful £14m funding in their first institutional investment round in 2018. The additional investment coincides with the appointment of Ozgur Tohumcu as CEO joining from Tantalum and previously Ericsson, who will lead the business on its next chapter of development.

Oxbotica, whose mantra is “any vehicle, any environment, any time” customers include: driverless shuttle trials at Gatwick airport; driverless cargo pods at Heathrow airport; partnering with Addison Lee to bring self-driving taxis to London; and other sectors in every hemisphere.

Paddy MccGwire, Managing Partner at Silverpeak said “ This is our sixth transaction announced in eight weeks. It is great to see this iconic British HQ deep technology global business demonstrating the confidence of its investors so quickly. And I’d like to congratulate Co-Founder CTO Paul Newman, who also is the Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute, on being awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.

EFFECT Photonics

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to EFFECT Photonics B.V., a leading developer of high performance DWDM optical components based on its optical System-on-Chip, on its Series B funding round led by Innovation Industries.

The funding round accelerates the ramp of its tunable SFP production line and the development of future technologies. EFFECT addresses the need for low-cost, wavelength-tunable optical transceivers with industrial temperature specification to be deployed within the next generation 5G mobile infrastructure, as well as in other networking applications. The global market demand for optical transceivers is expected to grow to $12bn by 2023, from $6bn in 2017 (Lightcounting, 2018).

Silverpeak worked with the company as financial advisor supporting it during the entire process: from the preparation phase, to identifying and contacting a global array of knowledgeable investors, to negotiating the deal terms, through to completion.

James Regan, CEO of EFFECT Photonics, said: “Silverpeak’s deep understanding of optical technologies combined with their relationships in the global investor landscape proved invaluable. They showed total dedication throughout the process and their expertise and advice were instrumental in closing this round of financing for our growth phase.”

Pietro Strada, Managing Partner at Silverpeak and leading the mandate, added: “We are proud to have worked with James and the whole EFFECT Photonics management team and Supervisory Board at this pivotal stage in the company’s trajectory. EFFECT Photonics is at the global forefront of ultra-fast optical integrated circuits and are well placed to take advantage of the huge opportunities in their space.”

Nard Sintenie, General Partner at Innovation Industries, said: “We are delighted to have invested in EFFECT Photonics. We believe that the company and the deal process benefitted from Silverpeak’s assistance and enjoyed working with them.”