• Acuity advises ROADMap Systems on their sale to HUBER+SUHNER

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HUBER+SUHNER announces the acquisition of ROADMap Systems Ltd, a technology start-up located in Cambridge, UK.

The company is developing the next generation of highly integrated wavelength-selective switch technology.

Wavelength-Selective Switch (WSS) devices are used extensively in today’s optical transport networks to allow efficient and transparent routing of optical data traffic. However, the limited functionality of current WSS components restricts the scalability of Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) architectures to address future burgeoning network demands both for telecoms and data centre applications.

ROADMap Systems is developing the next generation of highly integrated WSS devices, using software-defined two-dimensional holograms to steer individual colours of light between optical fibres. This will enable equipment manufacturers and service providers to benefit from new optical architectures that enhance flexibility and resilience, while reducing costs through simplified network operations.

HUBER+SUHNER plans to leverage the extensive patents and know-how of ROADMap Systems in the industrialisation of its products over the next few years to further expand its growing portfolio of optical network automation solutions, anchored by the Polatis all-optical switching platform.

Phil O’Donovan, Chairman at ROADMap Systems, commented:

“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.”

Matthew Byatt, Managing Partner at Acuity Advisors, commented:

“I am delighted to have advised on such a great transaction, delivering a best-in-class advisory capability with deep expertise in the photonics sector. The team at ROADMap have developed a powerful optical networking platform which directly addresses the future demands of the industry. I wish them every success for the future.”

“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

Team Members

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Matthew is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Acuity and leads the Acuity Advisors’ Deeptech practice.

Matthew has held senior leadership and corporate finance positions with some of the UK’s most successful and influential technology and consultancy companies. Roles with ARM, McKinsey and Cadence have given Matthew an exceptional insight into the world’s most successful businesses and a number of the UK’s eminent start-ups, underpinning his success at Acuity.

Matthew has considerable experience across a broad range of technology sectors throughout the UK, US and Asia, ranging from nanotechnology, semiconductor and cleantech to digital media and internet businesses. It’s experience that has given him a robust, well-developed and international network. Having also run and successfully exited his own business, Matthew has a deep understanding of the financial and emotional aspects of this demanding process, bringing a unique and authoritative perspective to each business sale.

One of Matthew’s strengths is understanding complex technical value propositions, one of the benefits of training as an electronic engineer. He gets to the heart of what drives a company’s value and communicates this persuasively to potential buyers and investors. Matthew understands a buyer’s motivation intuitively and delivers a compelling rationale for why a business sale should be of strategic interest. His insight consistently yields higher deal values and results in great successes for his clients.

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