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).

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.

Ticketer

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Ticketer, the UK’s leading provider of bus ticketing technology, on its investment by Tenzing Private Equity

Since entering the market in 2010, Ticketer has grown to become the UK market leader at the forefront of smart electronic ticketing technology across the bus sector. Ticketer’s software enables passengers to use the latest payments technologies, whilst providing bus operators with real-time performance insights to improve efficiency, service levels and profitability.

Widely renowned as the most innovative provider in the industry, Ticketer’s clients include some of the largest national operators, including First Bus, Arriva, and Go-Ahead, and some 70% of the UK’s regional operators. The company has achieved outstanding revenue growth of over 50% year-on-year over the last three years.

Tenzing has backed the senior management team, led by John Clarfelt and Gordon Montgomery. Together with its Entrepreneurs Panel, Tenzing will support the team’s ambition to grow the business in the UK and internationally.

Silverpeak worked with the company as lead advisor to map the marketplace, identify and contact potential investors and negotiate a transaction through to final completion.

Gordon Montgomery, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Ticketer, said: “Silverpeak were incredibly professional and supportive throughout. They went above and beyond in helping to get the deal over the line.”

David Ford, Director at Silverpeak, said “With the current growth in Smart Transit and Mobility-as-a-Service, Ticketer has many opportunities to help its clients produce better transport experiences. Working with the great team at Tenzing will help them achieve that much faster.”

Pietro Strada, Managing Partner at Silverpeak added, “We are very proud to have worked on this transaction with John, Gordon and the whole Ticketer team.”

Blackbay

Silverpeak, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Blackbay Ltd, a leading provider of mobility enabled software for the transport and logistics Industry, on its sale to Francisco Partners owned BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of supply chain software and services previously known as Kewill.

Blackbay, headquartered in the UK with offices in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, will fully integrate with the global BluJay Solutions team. Its solutions deliver real-time track-and-trace, dispatching, on-the-road processes routing and scheduling capabilities to enable operators, drivers and other mobile workers to optimize the delivery process, streamline operations, improve compliance, increase revenue and enhance the overall customer experience.

Silverpeak worked with the company and Albion Ventures, the institutional shareholder, as lead adviser to map the marketplace, identify and contact potential buyers and negotiate a transaction through to final completion.

Nigel Doust, CEO of Blackbay said, “The Silverpeak team were able to assist and guide us seamlessly throughout the transaction process. Silverpeak’s in-depth knowledge of the technology market and their ability to deal with the complexity of the transaction proved invaluable to yield a strong result for Blackbay and its shareholders.”

Emil Gigov, Partner at Albion Ventures, said “Silverpeak led the process in a professional and proactive way. Paddy MccGwire’s ability to navigate complex situations and manage difficult negotiations helped achieve a positive result for the company and for the investors. Silverpeak were totally committed to the successful conclusion of the transaction. I look forward to working with them again.”

Paddy MccGwire, the Managing Partner at Silverpeak leading the process added “Blackbay had transformed itself into a SaaS business with a leading global product. BluJay Solutions was the player where there was the greatest strategic and cultural fit. Together they can fully address the worldwide opportunity as logistic providers adopt current best practice.”