ICON Cybersecurity Sector Briefing

Cybersecurity is a highly dynamic and rapidly evolving growth industry which Gartner predicts to exceed $170bn by 2022 (11% CAGR). Secular trends and an increased risk awareness are driving the demand for new technology, creating a hotbed for B2B cybersecurity innovation. New players are emerging at a fast rate, spurred by a large amount of available private capital. Whilst challenged legacy technology vendors are paying premium prices to acquire tomorrow’s ... read more

Mobeewave Founders On Igniting Contactless Payments In 2019

Canadian firm, Mobeewave, have announced the closing of a $16.5 million Series B funding round led by NewAlpha Asset Management, Mastercard and Forestay Capital. Mobeewave is a white-label technology platform, offering secure contactless card payment acceptance on smart devices, without the need for external hardware. Consumer onboarding comes courtesy of having a contactless card and a mobile banking app. Merchant onboarding comes courtesy of a mobile banking, FinTech or telecom partner, depending on the use ... read more

Tech be nimble, Tech be quick, Tech don’t forget the legal bit.

Monica Shupikai Simmons, Investment Director at ICON speaks with Boyes Turner LLP about some of the FAQs tech firms have about raising capital. Read ICON's response here>> Read full publication here>>   read more

Ideagen Acquires Morgan Kai Group Ltd

Ideagen plc, the UK-based, global software firm, today announced the acquisition of Morgan Kai Group Ltd, a leading Audit Management software provider to both public and private sector organisations. With operations in Leeds, Yorkshire, and Chicago, Illinois, Morgan Kai Group Ltd currently generates £5.3m in revenue with £3.2m recurring. The organisation adds more than 370 clients including the UK National Audit, the Federal Reserve, Investec, the New York Stock Exchange, ... read more

Independent Spirit, Six Independent Firms talk about their Distinct Approaches that Set them Apart

The total value of M&A involving UK companies hit $375bn last year, according to Reuters. The dense population of corporate finance advisers in the UK - ranging from investment banks and the large professional services firms to mid-sized and small independent boutiques - means that the landscape is very competitive indeed. Alan Bristow, CEO & Founder of ICON Corporate Finance says "We've sold to buyers in Australia, Singapore, Japan and the US... ... read more

ICON Finalist for Best UK Corporate Finance House

  ICON recognised as finalist for the prestigious Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2018. The Private Equity Awards remains one of the most important and highly respected awards that recognises and celebrates the achievements of dealmakers, who over the last 12 months, demonstrated their deal making excellence with the most prized deals. Known for delivering a high degree of industry expertise alongside deep sector and transactional expertise, Alan Bristow, CEO ... read more

FinTech50 2017 companies raise over $1bn since 1 June 2017

European FinTechs listed on The FinTech50 in 2017 have raised a total of $1.29bn since 1 June 2017. The grand total includes significant funding rounds for fast-growing banking alternatives Revolut ($71.3m), Monzo ($71m) and Hot Ten listed 10X Banking ($46,). Swedish e-commerce giant Klarna secured $225m private equity from Permira, in exchange for a 10% stake, as well as undisclosed rounds from Brightfolk and Visa. Median deal value is $28m (across seed, early and later stage). ... read more

Aviva to make strategic investment in Wealthify

ICON Corporate Finance, specialists in M&A and funding for Tech companies, has advised Wealthify on its strategic investment from Aviva. Aviva has announced an agreement to acquire a majority shareholding in Wealthify Group Limited, the holding company of Wealthify. Wealthify is a low cost, 'robo' investment service which is making investment affordable and accessible to the UK mass market. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The investment is part of Aviva’s strategy to ... read more