John Blackman, CEO of JHC:

“We chose Matt and the team from a list of the best mid-market technology advisers in the market based on chemistry, experience and their broad advisory-led approach. Acuity have delivered an outstanding result, coupled with multiple strategic and investment options, against the backdrop of a hugely competitive process. I would recommend Acuity to technology entrepreneurs and investors, particularly in our domains of software and fintech. We found significant value in their candid advice, dedication and deep sector insight focused on delivering a fantastic result.”

Neil Gleghorn, Founder of Kallik:

“We met with five potential advisors to support on the sale of the business, and appointed Acuity on the basis of their track record, network and confidence of delivering a great result. Throughout the process Marcus, Brian and the team worked extremely hard to produce excellent material and access appropriate parties from across Europe and North America. I was particularly impressed in their ability to manage both the emotional as well as the commercial aspects of the transaction and their experience and considered perspectives undoubtedly helped to deliver a result I’m thrilled with.”

Jeremy Crane, Founder & CEO Hitec (Laboratories) Limited:

“The Acuity team really understood our business sector and worked closely with us to complete the IM and build a list of relevant potential suitors. This was all done within a relatively short space of time to ensure momentum was maintained. They engaged with the appropriate senior executives within the potential buyers and promptly reached a shortlist to whom management presentations were made. They managed the final process with great professionalism, and helped us to complete a transaction that generated shareholder value, enhanced opportunities for our employees, and created a beachhead for Mitratech activities outside of North America. Acuity lived and breathed the transaction and their knowledge and experience was invaluable..”

David Jones, CEO of Lanner:

“Acuity supported us in understanding better, the value that we can bring to a selection of potential targets and identify the right future partners to take the Lanner business forward, either through strategic partnering or through possible acquisition. The Acuity team gave us a reality check and an independent understanding and view, outside-in, that helped us understand the right path forward for this very strong and unique capability company, Lanner, now a Royal HaskoningDHV company.”

Lee Chadwick, CEO of CommuniGator:

“We appointed Acuity because we had confidence in their understanding of our business and access to international strategic buyers. We weren’t disappointed, receiving interest from companies in the US, UK and across Europe before closing a very exciting deal which gives us immediate international scale, clear synergies, plus the firepower and support to rapidly accelerate our growth.”

Magnus Orrebrant, CEO of Vehco:

“We would like to thank Matt, David and the Acuity team for their support throughout the process. Matt and Acuity’s sector knowledge, global buyer network and hands on approach has been key in preparing us for sale, guiding the team and shareholders through the process and in driving a great outcome. The Acuity team were committed to the project throughout, across each and every detail, leveraging their detailed knowledge of the FMS market, the wider IoT sector and their broad M&A experience. I strongly recommend Acuity as an advisor that delivers in the IoT sector through both their knowledge and hands-on advice.”

Andrew Overton, CEO of VeriLocation:

“Acuity were chosen to act as our advisor on the sale to Lyceum and have supported us fully along the way in terms of preparation, running a global sales process, deal structure and legals. Matt has proven to be a respected and knowledgeable partner in this detailed process and provided experience and support in all parts of the sale journey. I would fully recommend Matt and the Acuity team to technology entrepreneurs looking for sector-led M&A advice.”

Paul Rivers-Latham, Chairman of Allinea:

“We are delighted with the outcome. Matthew, Marcus and the Acuity team were instrumental in achieving this result – it was their creativity in terms of positioning the business, coupled with tenacity and determination that enabled us to achieve an excellent result. I have no hesitation in recommending Acuity for a mid-market technology M&A deal.”

Chris Fleming, CEO of Cyberhawk:

“Cyberhawk is at a pivotal stage of growth in a very exciting industry. We looked to find an investment partner that provides both financial strength and that believes in the future of what we do and how we do it. Andy and the team guided us through this process, helping us to find the right partner amidst strong interest from both private equity and strategic buyers. Like all strong relationships, it comes down to trust, a willingness to be open and very good communication. We found this with Acuity.”

Sean Ward-Clayton, Commercial Director of ETSOS:

“As a group of shareholders who had not been through a sales process before, choosing an adviser that understood the value of our business and who could work with us on a daily basis were key factors. Acuity got to grips with our business model quickly and were focused on guiding us through all the key stages of the process. Their understanding of the sector, buyer access and support throughout the process drove the optimal outcome whilst enabling the team to focus on delivering our growth plan.”

 

About Acuity Advisors

We know technology – that’s why we’re the industry’s trusted M&A advisor. Our partners are senior players in tech and M&A: skilled at getting to the heart of a technology business, understanding what will attract buyers, and building long-lasting relationships. We have an unrivalled understanding of the industry’s complexities and personalities – our track record and client feedback are compelling evidence of that. We’re an international firm – most of our deals are cross-border, from offices in London, Munich, Shanghai and Silicon Valley – but we’re grounded in our approach. We move quickly when it’s needed, and we’re around for the long haul when patience is a virtue. We’ve maintained a very high success rate across hundreds of deals while keeping our focus on doing what’s right for our clients. From first meeting to successful exit, we earn the trust that clients and investors put in us.

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