Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO

Alan Bristow
Founder and CEO

Alan Bristow is the Founder and Managing Director of ICON Corporate Finance.  He is recognised as one of the country’s leading corporate finance advisers and has over 25 years of combined fund raising and M&A experience. Throughout this period Alan has dealt with some of the world’s leading investors and technology companies. He specializes in all aspects of raising venture capital, management buy-outs, acquisitions and corporate sales and has advised on over 200 transactions.

Before establishing ICON, he spent his formative years in the City of London before joining Price Waterhouse in Melbourne. He also worked as the Finance Director for an Australian Investment Group, prior to returning to the UK and establishing ICON as a leading M&A house to the tech sector. He holds a degree in Economics and Politics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Likes include rugby, economics, skiing, sailing and technology that makes the world a better place.

He is a frequent speaker and author on venture capital fundraising and selling companies.

Awarded: Most Influential CEO of the Year 2018 – M&A and Technology

 

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+44 (0)20 7152 6375
+44 (0)7899 921600


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Latest Deals

ICON advise Mosaic Smart Data on $9m Series B Round with CommerzVentures, Octopus & JP Morgan
ICON advises MyLife Digital on £5.7m funding round
ICON advise Mosaic Smart Data on Strategic Investment by JP Morgan
ICON Advise on Sale of Cypad to UK’s Leading Cloud Schools Payment Provider
The Mobility House secures funding from Mitsui & Daimler

Sector Focus

FinTech, IT, CleanTech, MedTech, New Media, Telecoms, Defence, Security, Services, Internet Technologies and e-Commerce

Brian Parker
Co Founder & Head of M&A

Brian Parker
Co Founder & Head of M&A

Brian is a co-founder of ICON and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. He specialises in advising shareholders of technology companies on their exit, managing the entire process. He has over 20 years experience in investment banking, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Having led exits to large overseas acquirers such as Accenture, Thomson Reuters, CACI and numerous private equity owned companies he has unrivalled knowledge right across the Technology sector.

Having worked both as principal and sell-side adviser he has a unique experience as both a buyer of, and an adviser to, high growth companies. Prior to working at ICON Brian spent eight years in Hong Kong, latterly as Head of Equity Research for CLSA. Before that he worked for two UK PLC’s as their Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and completed over 15 acquisitions. Brian is a qualified Chartered Accountant and lives near London.

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Latest Deals

ICON advises Membership Software Supplier Silverbear on its sale to US based, PE backed ClearCourse Partnership
ICON advises IMX Software on its sale to Infinea Group
ICON advises Focus Group Europe on its sale to Accenture
ICON advises Business Integrity on its sale to Thomson Reuters
ICON advise ISV software on its sale to Dillistone Group Plc

Sector Focus

Software, Wireless, Security, e-commerce, Outsourcing, FinTech, IT Services

Monica Shupikai Simmons
Investment Director

Monica Shupikai Simmons
Investment Director

Monica specialises in M&A and raising equity finance for high growth technology companies, with a focus on FinTech.

She spent over five years at Deloitte providing management consulting and corporate finance advice, following over six years at PwC providing financial advisory services to their respective financial services clients in both London and New York.

Her clients included leading global banking institutions, Investment Management, Asset Management and Life Insurance companies.

 

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+44(0) 207 152 6375
+44 (0)7384 259 092


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FinTech, Banking, Asset Management, InsureTech

Eddie Harding
Partner

Eddie Harding
Partner

Eddie joined ICON in 2000 and specialises in raising funds for and selling high growth technology companies, with a focus on HealthTech, FinTech, software, mobile, telecoms, security, defence, cloud computing and digital media sectors.

Since joining ICON, Eddie has completed over 40 transactions including: the sale of Action Information Management to Trapeze Software Inc; the MBO and subsequent equity funding of LogicScope, a specialist developer of market data and deal notification systems to the FX sector, the sale of Fluency Voice to Enghouse, the sale of Practique to Silicon Valley based, Merced Systems, the sale of low latency messaging software company, my-Channels to Software AG, the sale of Uniform Dating to Cupid Plc and he has also advised Petards Group Plc, a developer of advanced surveillance systems, on the sale of their Government and Commercial software business to BAE Systems Plc.

Speaking engagements: Money2020 Europe – VC Power Panel, Strategics vs Financial investment

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+44 (0)20 7152 6375
+44 (0)7775 997409


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Latest Deals

ICON secures funding for leading AI Healthcare Data and Analytics firm, Draper & Dash, from Guinness EIS Fund
ICON secures £6.5m in Series B funding round for Imagen
ICON advises on MBO of Cybersecurity software specialist SentryBay
ICON advises Optimum Contact on its sale to IQVIA (formerly Quintiles & IMS Health)
ICON client Honeycomb merges with Group IMD to shape the future of video advertising

Sector Focus

FinTech, Software, Mobile, Telecoms, Security, Defence, Cloud, Digital Media, Medical Devices and Healthcare

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Nicky Cotter
Head of FinTech, Co-Founder ICON & The FinTech50

Nicky Cotter
Head of FinTech, Co-Founder ICON & The FinTech50

Nicky is Head of FinTech and Co-founder of ICON. 

She also co-founded  The FinTech50 Europe & The FinTech50 APAC to recognise the gamechangers who are transforming financial services. Published annually, the list helps FinTech companies to raise profile globally, connect with influencers, investors and funders and generate business.  With estimates of $4.7Tn revenue at risk of displacement by FinTechs, global investment has poured into the sector and  fuelled M&A activity.

Her sector focus covers all sectors of FinTech, RegTech, InsureTech,  and latest deals include the Series B Co-investment round of strategics and financial VCs for Mosaic Smart Data, whose investors include JP Morgan, CommerzVentures and Octopus.

Global  FinTech Network includes:

  • Over 1500 investors
  • VCs, PEs, CVCs, Corporates
  • 37 countries
  • within all sectors of FinTech, RegTech & InsureTech

Nicky is also on the Board of Finastra’s World Trade Symposium.

 

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+44 (0)20 7152 6375
+44 (0)7771 548033


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FinTech, RegTech, InsureTech

James Kenward
Investment Director

James Kenward
Investment Director

James joined ICON in 2017 and specialises in selling and raising funds for high growth tech companies with a focus on Capital Markets, Telco, AdTech, Logistics and IT Services.

He has advised on transactions ranging from raising venture capital, securing strategic investments and M&A.

Prior to joining ICON,  James worked for JPMorgan Chase Investment Bank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche and technology pioneer Last Minute.com.  Based in London and New York – he also advised the US division for a leading investment bank working on sell side mandates.

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+44 (0)207 152 6375
+44 (0) 7384 250 072


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Capital Markets, Telco, AdTech, Logistics and IT services.

Simon Moynagh
Partner

Simon Moynagh
Partner

Simon joined ICON in 2010 and specialises in selling and raising funds for high growth tech companies with a focus on digital media, mobile & comms, software and industrial-tech. He has advised on transactions ranging from raising venture capital, securing strategic investments, M&A and IPOs.

Since joining ICON, Simon has completed a number of transactions including: the sale of Applicable to NTT owned Arkadin, the sale of Nativ, a media logistics software company to the Australia telco giant Telstra; raising capital for the digital media company Abacus eMedia from BGF; acting for Tocardo, the tidal turbine producer, on a strategic investment from Spanish energy group Repsol; the sale of a cloud software company Atlantic Global Plc to US based Keyed-In, and the sale of Hydra, the project management software company, to Latin American based e-Task Technologies.

Prior to joining ICON Simon worked for WH Ireland, the AIM-listed stockbroker and corporate finance house where his focus was on advising both unquoted and listed technology clients ranging in size from £5m to £100m.

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+44 (0)207 152 6375
+44 (0)7748 380847


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Latest Deals

ICON advises EMR software company Clinical Computing on its sale to Quantitative Medical Systems
ICON advises Applicable Ltd on its sale to Arkadin, an NTT Communications company
ICON advises Strategy Digital on the sale to Fat Media
ICON advise media logistics software company Nativ on the sale to Ooyala
ICON has advised on the funding round for the rapidly growing online marketplace JewelStreet.

Sector Focus

CleanTech, Digital Media, FinTech, HealthTech, Software, e-Commerce, Internet

Ritika Hiranandani
In-Country Expert

Ritika Hiranandani
In-Country Expert

Ritika is our expert in US & India.  She is very well connected across the Indo-US tech and finance community. She has invaluable expertise and connections to help source people, partners, and customers.  Ritika specialises in being a strategist for business initiatives primarily in the technology sector. She provides a range of services and has created strategic partnerships for several early stage and medium-large corporations to grow their overseas business in India, US, UK, Australia. She delivers targeted market development plans to support portfolio company activities and helps with investment team decisions.

 

Ritika is passionate about identifying business opportunities and providing cost-effective technology solutions, creating revenue and implementing corporate funding and M&A strategies that are aligned with core business objectives. She has a Masters Degree in Commerce and Business from Mumbai University, Business Strategy from Harvard Business School, and is a Member of the Women’s US Chamber of Commerce.

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Florian Depner
Investment Director

Florian Depner
Investment Director

Florian has 10 years of investment banking experience. He specialises in M&A transactions and growth financing rounds for technology companies, covering enterprise software, infrastructure software, IT services and digital media sectors. Prior to joining ICON, Florian was a Director in the technology team for US investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. Previously he worked for technology M&A specialist Mooreland Partners and in equity research at Société Général.

Florian has extensive experience in cross-border and transatlantic M&A transactions and private capital fundraisings for entrepreneur owned and private equity backed technology businesses. Recent examples include the sale of connectivity specialist Custom Connect to GTT,  the sale of CPM/BI software provider Prevero to Unit4, the funding and of cybersecurity expert SecureLink by Investcorp.

Florian is a German native and graduated with a Masters degree in economics at the University of Munich.

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0207 152 6375
07533 355 852


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Younes Benchaiba
M&A Analyst

Younes Benchaiba
M&A Analyst

Younes joined ICON in 2019 and assists on transactions with a focus on Tech M&A and Funding.

Prior to ICON, he worked at Aquaa Partners and at Apparius CF as an M&A Analyst, and formerly as an ECM/DCM Analyst at leading French bank, Socitete Generale.

Younes is a native French speaker and has an Msc in Advanced Finance from Audencia Business School and Msc Innovation, Strategy & Entrepreneurship from Grenoble EM (France) and bolsters ICON’s expanding international team.

 

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+44 (0)207 152 6375
+44 (0)7384 548 296


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Emily Rose
Associate

Emily Rose
Associate

Emily is working as an Associate, providing deal support on both fundraising and M&A Transactions.

Her role involves providing assistance on research and presentations for M&A deals and fundraising for both current and prospective clients in the UK, Europe, US and APAC.

Research includes building target lists for M&A and fundraising opportunities, as well as fulfilling information memorandums to be given to potential investors/acquirers.

 

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Lisette Walker
Research Analyst & Deal Support

Lisette Walker
Research Analyst & Deal Support

Lisette is a research analyst and provides deal support on both fundraising and M&A Transactions.

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+44 (0)20 7152 6375


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Latest Deals

ICON advises Coactiva on its sale to Callcredit Inc
Tynemarch sold to Singapore based CSE Global
Fabric Technologies sold to ASW
my-Channels sold to Software AG
Atlantic Global Plc sold to KeyedIn Solutions

Sector Focus

FinTech, Cloud, Enterprise Software, IT, CleanTech, MedTech, New Media, Telecoms, Defence, Security, Services, Internet Technologies and e-Commerce

Laura Stepney
Transaction Support

Laura Stepney
Transaction Support

Laura is a Research Analyst and provides deal support on both fundraising and M&A Transactions.

Her role involves providing assistance on research and presentations for M&A deals and fundraising for both current and prospective clients in the  Europe, US and APAC.

Research includes building target lists for M&A and fundraising opportunities.

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Skye
Head of Happiness

Skye
Head of Happiness

For me being an investment banker means

Making ruff decisions

I’m fascinated by

anything said as long as it starts with Skye

My first job was..

and still is being the Head of Happiness at ICON. Can’t imagine a better job. Well…there could be more treats!

My most challenging adventure was..

Finding out who’s a good girl – turns out its me!

My favourite dog in venture capital 

Handsome “Cooper” – Chief of Happiness at EarlyBird Ventures, who will always be the Leader of the Pack! Ruff ruff….

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