Background and expertise
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.
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. 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.
Deeptech client successes
A selection of lighthouse Deeptech client successes include:
- the sale of Moortec to Synopsys
- the sale of ZEISS iTrap to Atlas Copco Group
- the sale of Titan IC to Mellanox Technologies
- the sale of Creative Chips GmbH to Dialog Semiconductor plc
- the sale of Argon Design to Broadcom
- the sale of Capres A/S to KLA Corporation
- the sale of Allinea Software to ARM
What clients say
“I really enjoyed working with Andy, Matthew and the Acuity team on this transaction. They presented our business in a compelling way to a global audience, helped us to negotiate a great deal for our employees and shareholders, and provided invaluable support during the completion and due diligence processes. Their particular experience with acquisitions in the semiconductor space, and their attention to detail at all stages, ensured that the whole sale process was a great success. We couldn’t have chosen a better partner.”
Alan Scott, CEO, Argon Design
“The deal itself was very well executed – Acuity ensured open communication throughout and were able to access senior people within an appropriate international pool of buyers. From the start we had a professional working relationship where Acuity demonstrated a deep understanding of our technology. We definitely benefited from Acuity’s strategic thinking and their determination to get the deal done.”
Tomas Wolf, CEO, SP Devices
“Acuity Advisors have played a crucial role in the process, providing us with expert advice and guidance throughout – the Acuity team are skilled and work with real integrity which was appreciated by the Akrion management. We would highly recommend Acuity to anyone needing M&A advice in the tech space.”
Michael Loannou, President & CEO, Akrion Systems
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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