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Silicon Valley Bank 


For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides a range of targeted financial services and expertise through its office in the UK. With commercial and international banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. The UK's leading technology and life science businesses, in all stages of development, look to SVB’s niche expertise, experience and unparalleled network as they grow at home and tackle new markets abroad.

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Silicon Valley Bank is registered in England and Wales at Alphabeta, 14-18 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1BR, UK under No. FC029579. Silicon Valley Bank is authorised and regulated by the California Department of Business Oversight and the United States Federal Reserve Bank; authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority with number 577295; and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority and limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority. Details about the extent of our regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority are available from us on request.


Arma Partners

Arma Partners

Arma Partners provides independent M&A and corporate finance advice to the Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) sector. We work with a wide range of clients including young, cutting-edge start-ups; established market leaders; reputed Venture Capital and Private Equity houses; and large, global,
publicly listed corporate entities. We advise our clients on public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestments and recapitalisations. Our pan-European team is based in
London and Munich, and our North American team is located in New York and Palo Alto.
We are uniquely positioned to help our clients with complex cross-border deals through
our affiliate relationships in Australia, Israel, Japan, Latin America and Turkey. Since our inception almost 15 years ago, we have worked with industry leaders such as Amdocs,
AOL, Barclays, Garmin, HP, IBM, Mercer, Motorola, NTT, Orange, ProSieben, Rakuten,
Sky, Thomson Reuters, Vodafone and Vue to evaluate strategic M&A opportunities and execute transactions to deliver significant value to shareholders, customers, employees
and other stakeholders. Our ability to provide independent advice, deep understanding
of the industries we cover, extensive network of contacts across the ecosystem, flawless
deal execution track record and capacity to complement local presence with a global perspective make us an invaluable partner to our clients. 



Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment
bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 120,000 people.

For more than 24 years, Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team has been at the forefront in providing support, funding and guidance to a wide range of firms, from start-ups through to multi-national corporations. Working with a team of dedicated Relationship Directors focused on your industry, you can be confident that you will always have access to the right specialists, perfectly placed to understand your business and connect you to the expertise that you need.

For further information, please contact Sean Duffy, Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms, on +44 (0) 7775 548 118 or at, or visit


ECI Partners


Established in 1976, ECI is the UK's leading growth-focused private equity firm, investing in management buyouts and buyins for majority or minority equity investments in medium sized UK growth companies.

Over its several decades of working with great management teams and founders, ECI has supported businesses across the technology sector – recent investments include Edenhouse (SAP specialist), IT Lab (IT Managed Services), Auction Technology Group (online marketplace), Wireless Logic (M2M platform), CliniSys (healthcare IT), Kelvin Hughes (marine navigation systems), XLN Telecom (B2B telecoms), Fourth (SaaS), Ascribe (healthcare IT) and CarTrawler (travel technology platform). ECI raised £500m, its tenth fund, in 2014, and is busy investing it in growth tech companies. 

Luther Pendragon

Luther Pendragon

Luther Pendragon is one of the UK’s leading independent communications consultancies. Our team of over 45 highly experienced and qualified consultants manage financial public relations, corporate communications, media and investor relations, public affairs, and crisis communications. With offices in London, New York and Brussels, we handle national and international assignments. Our clients include global private and public corporations, with companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and other stock markets, public sector organisations and major trade associations in the UK and across the world. We take an integrated approach to communications to ensure that our clients’ reputations are managed, and interests are promoted, in all relevant spheres of influence – whether that is the capital markets, Government, consumer circles or elsewhere. 

Mishcon de Reya 


Based in London with offices in New York, Mishcon de Reya services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work we undertake is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex.

Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We like to solve problems quickly. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests, recognising the significant nexus between business affairs and personal affairs and the ways in which this affects our clients.

We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal’. 

Oakley Advisory Limited 


Oakley Advisory Limited is one of Europe’s leading independent corporate finance firms. We offer expert, specialist advice across a range of sectors including Technology, Telecoms, Online, Media, Datacentres and Hosting. We provide advice on a range of transactions including M&A deals (working with both public and private companies), fundraisings (equity and debt) and IPOs.

We also provide Equity Capital Markets advice, where we work intensively with listed clients to widen their institutional shareholder bases and develop their equity stories.

Rigby Group plc


Formed in 1975, the Rigby Group is a £1.8bn turnover family business operating across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and employing more than 7,500 staff worldwide.

The group comprises six key divisions: technology, including SCC, one of Europe’s largest technology solutions providers; the luxury Eden Hotel Collection; aviation businesses Capital Air Ambulance and British International Helicopters; airports business Regional & City Airports; property development business Rigby & Rigby; and a wide range of investments, including a newly launched IT finance leasing business, Rigby Capital.

With two generations of the Rigby family at the helm, Rigby Group has diversified from its origins as a principally technology-led business and,  through smart, strategic acquisitions,  has built a distinguished reputation as both an investor and business operator. Rigby Group is renowned for its independent thinking, seamless execution and a peerless approach to acquiring and nurturing businesses to unleash their potential.

Sir Peter Rigby is Group Chairman, Steve Rigby is Group Chief Executive and James Rigby is the Chief Operating Officer. 

Rothschild & Co


Rothschild & Co is one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups. There are four main arms to the Group – Global Advisory, Private Wealth, Asset Management and Merchant Banking. 

Rothschild Global Advisory provides expert advice to large and mid-sized corporations, private equity, families and entrepreneurs, and governments. Advisers design and execute strategic M&A and financing solutions for their clients, taking a long-term and independent view of the challenges they face.

The firm’s deep understanding of financial markets, the high volume of transactions it advises on, and its unrivalled network of over 900 industry and financing specialists in 40 countries provide clients with a comprehensive perspective to achieve their strategic goals. 

Zeus Capital  


We are delighted to welcome Zeus Capital as sponsor of the
tech fund manager of the year award. Further information about Zeus will be available in due course. 


Design Portfolio


For over 25 years Design Portfolio has been helping quoted companies communicate effectively and efficiently. We consult with and support a wide variety of corporate
clients from FTSE 100 to AIM, as
well as private tech companies, tech start-ups, and those new to market. Sectors in which we can demonstrate specialist knowledge include software, hardware, fintech, life sciences, medtech and biotech.

We work in print, digital and moving image across six core areas:

•    Annual reports
•    Investor presentations
•    Corporate websites
•    Video and animation
•    Sustainability communications
•    Corporate branding

Our blend of considered creativity and expert consultancy is delivered by expert teams through a local, personal and hands-on service with offices in London, Leeds, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Miami.

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London Stock Exchange


The London Stock Exchange is the world’s most international exchange. More than 2,200 companies from more than 90 countries are quoted across its markets, with a combined value of £5.4tn. The London Stock Exchange’s markets include the Main Market – London’s flagship venue for equity, debt and exchange-traded products, offering businesses access to Europe’s most liquid pool of capital – and AIM – the world’s leading market for small and growing companies.  


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