Matthew Byatt

Background and expertise

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 Symbionics 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.

Having originally trained as an electronic engineer, understanding complex technical value propositions is one of Matthew’s strengths. He gets to the heart of what drives a company’s value and communicates this persuasively to potential buyers and investors. Mathew 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.

Client successes

Matthew has successfully worked with clients across a broad range of sectors from nanotechnology and cleantech through to digital media and internet businesses. Recent successes include:

• the sale of Akrion Systems to Naura

• the sale of Allinea Software to ARM

• the sale of SP Devices to e2v

• the acquisition of Nordnav by Cambridge Silicon Radio

• corporate venture investment in Marmalade by Activision Blizzard

• venture capital investment in Amplience by Octopus Ventures and Northstar

What clients say

“Matthew successfully captured the essence of our proposition, brokered discussions with a number of very high profile businesses in a short timescale, and finally helped close a compelling deal with a good PLC company. He drove the process with tenacity and professionalism and we would unreservedly recommend his services.”

Stuart Haining, Commercial Director, Netcallidus

“I have worked with Matthew on a number of strategically significant M&A transactions at Cambridge Silicon Radio. His industry knowledge, backed up by an ability to get the job done, enabled us to execute efficiently. Matthew has a demonstrable track record and has proven that he can work at many different levels within an organisation in order to achieve the set objectives.”

Paul Goodrige, CFO, Cambridge Silicon Radio

After work

Matthew is married with three children but still finds time to fly (he has a private pilot’s licence), sail and run.

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