Global investment bank reports its most active quarter for dealmaking ever

Global investment bank GCA Altium’s UK team has reported its most active Q1 in history, with 18 deals completed since the start of the year.

This includes a busy spell of activity in the last month, with a total of nine transactions completed over the course of this period.

Globally, GCA has completed over 75 deals to date since the start of 2021, most of which have been in the technology, digital media, industrials/industrial technology and consumer sectors.

Two-thirds of the deals have been technology-related and cross-border deal activity has continued to increase in Q1 2021 too.

The most recent UK deals include advising Investcorp on its acquisition of leading global digital communications company, Investis Digital, advising Vitruvian Partners on leading the £50m Series D fundraise for MPB, advising Panasonic Europe on their sale of ADComms, and advising Growth Capital Partners on their investment in Hippo Digital.

To accommodate its rapid growth and deal pipeline, GCA Altium has also invested in its team in recent months, announcing a series of appointments and promotions across its UK offices.

Dominic Orsini and David Edwards were both promoted to Managing Director, while Tom Battersby and Declan O’Connor took the position of Director. Matthew Furness and Gabrielle Worrall were appointed as Vice Presidents and Jamie Noble has taken on the Associate position.

GCA Altium’s Midlands presence is also growing, with two new Vice President appointments in Luke Pedley and Sabial Hanif.

Phil Adams, CEO at GCA Altium, comments: “Our deal flow has gone from strength to strength in the last six months, with Q1 2021 being our most active quarter ever for GCA Altium in the UK. While we have seen tech investments continue to rise, with sub-sectors such as ed-tech and gaming also proving popular, as well and digital and creative, there has been a somewhat even spread across different sectors and regions with the consumer sector really springing back to life.

“The pace of deals is also picking up as processes are tightened as a result of the pandemic and valuations are on the up. Our book of business is more than 100% up year on year on pre-Covid levels which is a testament to the resilience of our clients and our own business.”