Cleantech venture investment was up by 28% compared to the previous year, making 2010 the second highest year for investment after 2008.

New research has shown that throughout 2010, clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India totalled US$7.8bn across 715 deals. The Cleantech Group, which released the statistics, said cleantech venture investment was up by 28% compared to the previous year, making 2010 the second highest year for investment after 2008. With more than 700 deals, the figure was also a new annual record. Venture investment in the ... read more

ICON advises aerospace company AVISA on its sale to Luxembourg based ENEX Group SA

AVISA Group has announced that ENEX Group SA has acquired a majority stake in the company. The global aviation and airworthiness specialist will benefit from a long term commitment to growth, strong financial backing as well as expert management services. Founded in 2004, AVISA have offices in the UK, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East and a blue chip clients that includes: BA, BAE Systems, EasyJet, Honeywell, Ministry of Defence, ... read more

ICON wins second Global Award 2010

Finance Monthly Global Award for Achievement 2010 ICON Corporate Finance scoop their second award of 2010.  The firm has been named Corporate Finance Firm of the Year 2010 by Finance Monthly Magazine.  Recognising specific geographical expertise, the Awards are presented across 42 international regions, salute the organizations & advisers that have performed to exceptional levels during the most difficult period that the global economy has experienced for decades. read more

ICON secures £1M for Award Winning CleanTech Company

26th October, 2010 – SenseLogix has secured a £1 million series A investment round. The series A funding round contains a mixture of private and public funding and was completed to accelerate company growth and support new technology developments. The round has been led by private equity firm, Beringea, and regional equity company, North Star Equity Investment Partners. The round also included support from the Welsh Assembly Government. Jonathan Luke, SenseLogix’s Chief ... read more

The Guardian’s TechMediaInvest – Event Review

It’s an exciting time for British technology companies. At the Tech Media Invest 2010 event in London on Monday, there was an overriding feeling of optimism as business owners and investors discussed the state of the industry. Sean Seton-Rogers from PROFounders Capital described London as the “epicentre” of European start-up tech firms, and explained how the power was shifting back to the entrepreneur, as funding terms are becoming kinder to ... read more

ICON Wins Corporate Finance Firm of the Year 2010

Tech specialist corporate finance house, ICON, wins Corporate Finance Firm of the Year 2010 at Global Awards. The firm, based in London and Bristol beat some of the world’s largest corporate finance specialists to be named Corporate Finance House of the Year 2010 at InterContinental Finance Magazine's Global Awards. The award follows hot on the heels of 3 major awards received by ICON in 2009 for Best Corporate Finance Firm of the ... read more

ICON raises VC funding for e-FX trading software provider, Velsys

ICON Corporate Finance has advised on the completion of the first tranche of a £2.4 million investment round into Velsys, a leading provider of e-FX trading software to the Financial Services sector.  ICON introduced the VC investor syndicate of Pentech Venture and US-based TL Ventures to the company and advised management on negotiating the terms of the investment. Velsys is a leading developer of innovative software that integrates bank, broker and ... read more

ICON Secures £3M MBO Funding for Simulation Software Company Lanner Group

NVM Private Equity (NVM) backs the management buy-out of Lanner Group. NVM Private Equity has backed the £3 million management buy-out (MBO) of Worcestershire-based Lanner Group, from 3i Group, who currently hold a minority stake in the company. Lanner is a leading provider of process simulation software for blue chip organisations worldwide. The current, proven management team, which includes Ken Briddon as Chairman, took over leadership of the business in ... read more