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

To Beat Them, Join them

M&A is reshaping the FinTech Landscape as the sector matures and key players - established and emergent- realise their limitations. Entrepreneurs have to make a big call as to whether they just purely go to institutional investors or go to corporates. This article by Grant Murgatroyd originally appeared in Corporate Financier, May 2017 Read the full article here >> read more

ICON advises PleaseTech on its sale to management software provider Ideagen Plc.

ICON Corporate Finance, specialists in M&A for tech companies, has advised PleaseTech on its sale to management software provider Ideagen Plc. UK-based PleaseTech specialises in the development of software solutions for collaborative authoring and review of corporate documentation. PleaseTech has over 180 customers worldwide using its PleaseReview software product including 70% of leading pharmaceutical and biotech organisations and four of the largest defence organisations globally. PleaseTech also has a significant customer base ... read more

Growing Pains, Jason Sinclair takes a look at the trends and challenges for the UK’s growing businesses

In the current UK economy, there are considerable challenges for SMEs. One major issue is the skills shortage, and this is something many growth company experts try to wrap their heads around. Increased competition to lend to SMEs is another, and it's due to growth in alternative and asset-based finance. The entrepreneurial and investing culture is growing, and it's here to stay. Albion Ventures' fourth annual growth report gives a ... read more

2017 & Vive la Tech Révolution

2017 and the pace of the technology revolution that is happening all around us is accelerating FAST and...we ain’t seen nothing yet! Digital transformation is changing every industry and the opportunities for today’s entrepreneurs are immense - from financial systems to automotive systems everything is changing. Driverless cars are now a reality, crypto currencies are real, IoT and automation in industry unlocking efficiencies on a scale not believed possible, renewable energy ... read more

ICON advises benefits pioneer LogBuy on its sale to Reward Gateway.

ICON Corporate Finance, specialists in M&A for tech companies has advised benefits pioneer LogBuy on its sale to Reward Gateway. LogBuy, founded in Denmark, provides benefits programmes to more than 200 organisations in the UK, including Philips Electronics, Carlsberg, GlaxoSmithKline, Grass Roots and Laing O’Rouke. It’s Employee Engagement platform, offers Reward & Recognition, Salary Sacrifice services,  deals and discounts on over 10,000 brands, for over 650,000 employees of large organizations in the UK ... read more