Ashleigh Barker

ASHLEIGH BARKER

Ashleigh Barker

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Ashleigh brings over five years of administrative support experience, across retail and management consultancy sectors. With strong background of organisation, she has experience managing delivery assurance processes for clients, ensuring seamless engagements. Her collaborative approach fosters productive relationships, driving continuous improvement in client experiences. Ashleigh’s background includes providing high-quality support to clients in the aviation, retail and utilities industry.

“Stefan, Matthew, and the team at Acuity understood what we are trying to achieve at Cambridge Mechatronics and got that message across to investors. They displayed tenacity and sophistication when it really mattered to help close the deal.”


ANDY OSMANT
Co-Managing Director, Cambridge Mechatronics Limited

AFTER WORK


After work, Ashleigh juggles family and fostering duties as one of five siblings. A social butterfly, she loves organising gatherings for loved ones. Recently, she’s taken up running and aims to reach new distance goals. A foodie with questionable taste, Ashleigh enjoys culinary adventures, and she’s always planning her next outdoor excursion.

Ashley Smith

ASHLEY SMITH

Ashley Smith

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Ashley has worked with Deep Tech entrepreneurs across a variety of verticals in both Europe and the US. Prior to joining Acuity, Ashley worked on numerous cross-border Deep Tech deals as part of a mid-market Deep Tech investment bank, and in Capital Markets Research at Hyde Capital Partners. Ashley holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford.

Acuity helped us complete this transaction in record time. Their strong and cohesive team forged excellent links with the PTSL team, providing value, support, and drive throughout the process. Huge thanks to Matthew, James, Naomi and the team for their hard work in making the process seamless for all.


JORDAN MACKELLAR
CEO & Co-Founder, PTSL

AFTER WORK


Ashley’s favourite thing is to hit the mountains and go ski touring. He’s also recently converted from Tennis to Padel.

Sophie Gow

SOPHIE GOW

Sophie Gow

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Sophie is an Associate at Acuity, bringing four and a half years’ corporate finance experience. Prior to Acuity, Sophie was a Manager in the M&A team at PwC Auckland, a leading mid-market advisory team in New Zealand. Before that, she worked in investment banking and corporate finance. Sophie earned a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in finance) from the University of Otago, and is a qualified lawyer.

Acuity helped us complete this transaction in record time. Their strong and cohesive team forged excellent links with the PTSL team, providing value, support, and drive throughout the process. Huge thanks to Matthew, James, Naomi and the team for their hard work in making the process seamless for all.


JORDAN MACKELLAR
CEO & Co-Founder, PTSL

AFTER WORK


Sophie enjoys getting outside on the tennis court, hiking, and travelling to new places to have outdoor adventures. She loves spending time with friends and family, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and going to the theatre to catch the latest musicals.

Alex Crawford Acuity

ALEX CRAWFORD

Alex Crawford Acuity

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Alex joined Acuity Advisors in October 2023, bringing five years of corporate finance experience. Alex is a Chartered Accountant having trained at EY before joining the transactions services team at FTI Consulting.

Prior to joining Acuity, Alex worked for two years on sell-side and buy-side deals across the media and technology sectors at WY Partners. Alex holds a history degree from University College London.

“We hired Q Advisors and Acuity Advisors for their deep knowledge of the cloud and managed services sectors, particularly around Contact Center and UCaaS, and their ability to understand the strategy of all the global players in the space. We are excited for our new relationship with Gamma and could not be more pleased with the financial and strategic outcome for Mission Labs, our stakeholders, and employees. It was great working with advisors who listened to our objectives, first and foremost, and were able to secure an industry-leading multiple for our business.”


DAMIEN HANSEN
CEO and Founder, Mission Labs

AFTER WORK


Outside of work, Alex can be found on the golf course, in the gym or watching test match cricket. Beyond sports he is a keen cook and enjoys travelling.

CLIENT SUCCESSES


 

Acuity advises Macquarie Capital and Tiger Infrastructure backed Voneus, on its acquisition of the trade and assets of Broadway Partners

Acuity advise Mondago on its strategic investment from Akixi

Acuity acts as lead advisor to Pure IP on its sale to BCM One

Acuity advises Qube GB on its sale to ICG-backed Circet

Acuity advises Spring Fibre on its £155 million funding from River and Mercantile

Acuity advises Lothian Broadband Group on its £20 million cornerstone funding from The Scottish National Investment Bank

Acuity advise Broadway Partners on its £145 million funding from Downing LLP

Acuity & Q Advisors Represent Mission Labs in Its Acquisition by Gamma Communications

Acuity advises LDC on investment into network performance & security specialist Phoenix Datacom

Foresight completes investment into Lightning Fibre to bring hyperfast broadband connectivity to the South East

Windsor Telecom accelerates growth

Acuity advises US-based MEI Wet Processing Systems and Services LLC on their sale to PE-backed RENA Technologies GmbH

Acuity secures investment from FPE Capital in Kallik, a leading provider of Labelling and Artwork Management SaaS solutions to the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sectors

Acuity advises Community Fibre on their £50m funding boost from RPMI and Amber Infrastructure

Acuity advised Call Flow on their €30m investment to bring full-fibre broadband to further small towns in South East England

Acuity advises CommuniGator on cross-border sale to Spotler

Ncam Technologies Limited secures investment from YFM Equity Partners

TrueSpeed Communications Ltd secures funding from Aviva plc

Merger of Sub10 Systems with Fastback Networks

Sale of 3V Transaction Services Limited to SafeCharge

Marc Horn Acuity

MARC HORN

Marc Horn Acuity

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Marc has over fifteen years of corporate finance experience and focuses on the telecoms, cloud, and managed services sector.

Marc has advised on over twenty-five transactions across communication services, public/hybrid/private cloud, digital transformation, and digital infrastructure. Along with deep sector knowledge Marc has experience working on a wide range of deal sizes from entrepreneur led businesses to multi-national enterprises.

Marc joined Acuity in 2023 after ten years at Oakley Advisory. Prior to that Marc held roles in private equity, M&A, and valuation consultancy. Marc holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Business & Economics degree from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.

“It’s been great working with Acuity on this fundraise – we have found Marcus and his team to be highly professional and knowledgeable about the fibre space, and very responsive at all times.”


NEIL MAHAPATRA
Managing Partner, Kingsley Capital Partners

AFTER WORK


Marc enjoys tennis and skiing, and in particular seeing his two young children quickly getting better – and soon surpassing him – at those.

CLIENT SUCCESSES


 

Acuity advise Mondago on its strategic investment from Akixi

Acuity advises Macquarie Capital and Tiger Infrastructure backed Voneus, on its acquisition of the trade and assets of Broadway Partners

Acuity acts as lead advisor to Pure IP on its sale to BCM One

Acuity advises Qube GB on its sale to ICG-backed Circet

Acuity advises Spring Fibre on its £155 million funding from River and Mercantile

Acuity advises Lothian Broadband Group on its £20 million cornerstone funding from The Scottish National Investment Bank

Acuity advise Broadway Partners on its £145 million funding from Downing LLP

Acuity & Q Advisors Represent Mission Labs in Its Acquisition by Gamma Communications

Acuity advises LDC on investment into network performance & security specialist Phoenix Datacom

Foresight completes investment into Lightning Fibre to bring hyperfast broadband connectivity to the South East

Windsor Telecom accelerates growth

Acuity advises US-based MEI Wet Processing Systems and Services LLC on their sale to PE-backed RENA Technologies GmbH

Acuity secures investment from FPE Capital in Kallik, a leading provider of Labelling and Artwork Management SaaS solutions to the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sectors

Acuity advises Community Fibre on their £50m funding boost from RPMI and Amber Infrastructure

Acuity advised Call Flow on their €30m investment to bring full-fibre broadband to further small towns in South East England

Acuity advises CommuniGator on cross-border sale to Spotler

Ncam Technologies Limited secures investment from YFM Equity Partners

TrueSpeed Communications Ltd secures funding from Aviva plc

Merger of Sub10 Systems with Fastback Networks

Sale of 3V Transaction Services Limited to SafeCharge

Acuity advises DisplayNote Technologies on its sale to Volaris Group

Owen Pethica

OWEN PETHICA

Owen Pethica

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Owen joined Acuity as an Associate in 2022 and is a member of the Software & Industrial Technology team. He brings five years’ M&A experience, most recently at Miles Advisory Partners, and has worked on mid-market transactions across Australia & the UK.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

“Working with Acuity helped us to shape the business plan and how we communicate it, as well as ensuring we targeted a highly relevant pool of investors. Their advice and guidance has helped shape this process and bring it to a great outcome for the company and investors in a round that was significantly oversubscribed.”


PAUL BRENNAN AND IAN STEVENSON
Chairman and CEO, Cyan Forensics

AFTER WORK


Owen enjoys getting outside to go hiking, skiing or diving, or staying in to watch the football in an attempt at cultural assimilation.

Debora Toneva

DEBORA TONEVA

Debora Toneva

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Debora joined Acuity Advisors as a Senior Analyst in September 2022. Prior to that she spent two years in the transaction execution team of mid-market M&A advisor Benchmark International. She has previously completed internships with Commerzbank and Oakley Advisory.

Debora has worked with founders and stakeholders across the telecoms, managed services and cybersecurity, professional services, and SaaS industries.

Debora holds an MSc degree in Corporate Finance from Loughborough University. She is also a non-native German speaker.

“I want to thank Marcus and the Acuity team for the support they gave us throughout the fundraising process. This investment will allow us to continue our rapid scale-up and underpins our commitment to deploy quality digital infrastructure and connect villages and towns throughout Scotland.”


GAVIN RODGERS
CEO of Lothian Broadband

AFTER WORK


In her free time, Debora enjoys staying active in the swimming pool and gym, being overly competitive at chess and board games evenings with friends and family, and perfecting her song repertoire as a beginner ukulele player.

JAMES SMITH

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


A Director in Acuity’s Deep Tech team, James has over a decade’s experience in technology investment banking and finance, advising shareholders, founders and management teams through transformational transactions.

He has a particular focus on advising on fundraises and exits for the European Deep Tech and Semiconductor ecosystem, and is well connected in the community. James’ financial background ensures he is well placed to analyse financial aspects of transactions and assist management teams in preparing for key parts of a transaction.

James qualified as a chartered accountant in Manchester, and worked in Sydney, Australia for three years before moving back to the UK.

Acuity helped us complete this transaction in record time. Their strong and cohesive team forged excellent links with the PTSL team, providing value, support, and drive throughout the process. Huge thanks to Matthew, James, Naomi and the team for their hard work in making the process seamless for all.


JORDAN MACKELLAR
CEO & Co-Founder, PTSL

AFTER WORK


James spends a lot of his free time trying to entertain his sons, who he hopes one day will follow his lead, enjoying time on the golf course, walking in the countryside and following the football.

STEFAN DORIN

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Stefan is a Vice President in the Deep Tech team at Acuity, bringing three years of M&A experience from Ciesco. He has worked directly with senior stakeholders across a variety of sectors, with a focus most recently on SaaS, data analytics and marketing services. Stefan holds a Masters in Finance and Private Equity from the London School of Economics and currently also studies to become a CFA charterholder.

“Acuity’s role in securing the sale of ROADMap should not be underestimated. They led from the front from the very beginning and managed the sale process right through to the end. Their impartial and perceptive advice was instrumental to our success and I would happily recommend them for any DeepTech transaction..”


PHIL O’DONOVAN
Chairman, ROADMap Systems

AFTER WORK


Stefan shares his passion for travel, food and hiking with his friends. He also loves reading a good book on Classical Antiquity and Early Modern English History.

EVIA JONAITE

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE


Evia joined the Acuity team as a Client Support Executive in October 2021, and has a strong administrative background with a wealth of experience across different sectors. Evia’s work history includes providing high-quality support to C-suite executives in Real Estate, Catering Consultancy, Private Equity and Software.

“We were hugely impressed by the Acuity team who are real experts in the space. They understood our not only our business and the market, but also more detailed founder related considerations. They possess and fully utilized great connections throughout the industry, provided well-considered advice through the process and worked tirelessly to get the deal done.”


TIM TOBIN
Co-Founder, Entrepix

AFTER WORK


Outside of work hours Evia enjoys running, reading, hiking with friends and spending time with her family and very chatty dog named Jedi.