Paddy MccGwire

Paddy is a founding Partner of Silverpeak.  He has over 25 years’ experience of successfully advising on transactions in the technology sector, and specialises in private equity, software/SaaS, digital & tech enabled services and some Deeptech sub-sectors.

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 creating Silverpeak in 2016. Having also acquired a compliance software business which was sold in 2022 and been a board member of a high growth intelligent automation SaaS company, he understands the real issues in growing a tech business.

Paddy holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester (UMIST), is a Liveryman of the Information Technologists Company and a founding member of the international M&A network Globalscope.

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 is a founding Partner at Silverpeak and has 25 years’ deal making experience in the technology sector having completed numerous successful deals across the globe.

His dynamic approach, passion for technology, and straight-talking attitude have allowed him to develop strong relationships and deliver valuable outcomes for his clients in a range of transaction types including trade sales, growth financings, public takeovers, mergers, continuation funds and divestitures.

Prior to forming Silverpeak Pietro was Principal in Jefferies Tech team, Managing Director at Torch Partners, Corporate Development Director at LexisNexis (a division of RELX), consultant at Bain & Co, and an electronic design engineer at OHB System and Italtel, as well as founder of Centreboard Partners, a boutique advisory firm.

He also holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MSc in Micro and Opto Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and speaks fluent English, Italian, German, French, and some Spanish.

Pietro is active in many sports (tennis, sailing, skiing, running, and cycling), loves to spend time with his wife and children, and support his charitable interests.


David Ford

David joined Silverpeak in 2018 as a Director and was promoted to Partner in 2022. He brings a different perspective to the team with over 12 years of operational involvement in tech companies as well as over 15 years of experience in corporate finance advisory roles.

David previously worked with Cobalt and Clearwater Corporate Finance. His most recent operational role was as Managing Director of Magnetic North Software, a proprietary Cloud Contact Centre and Cloud Unified Communications solution, which he sold for $39m to West Corporation (now Intrado) following three years of 30%+ growth.

David’s operational experience is within the telecoms, satellites, location services, sensors, and precision engineering sectors. He has a first-class degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Understanding the investment world as well as having the knowledge of what opportunities technology can bring to the table, enables him to assess the business and unlock the potential value within it.

These days David is on the wrong side of the touchline, but he still enjoys running, sailing, and occasional kitesurfing as well as some angel investing.

Patrick Gao

Patrick joined Silverpeak in 2020 and has over a decade of experience in corporate finance advisory and PE investing in China and Europe, focusing on the technology sector. He has in-depth knowledge of artificial intelligence, robotics, fintech, healthtech, IoT and electronics.

Prior to Silverpeak, Patrick was Head of UK at CENTI (China-Europe Networks of Technology and Innovation Ltd). He has also worked at London Bridge Capital, Shanghai HYHD Capital, Shanghai HUIHE Capital, and Shanghai Estate Guaranty.

Patrick has a Bachelor in Economics from Fudan University (in the top three universities in China according to QS), and an MBA from China Europe International Business School (in the top five business schools globally according to the Financial Times).

Patrick loves travelling and hiking but is happiest when cooking for his family.