Clipperton completed a record year in 2017 with 15 deals closed with some of Europe’s best start-ups and is ranked as the most active investment bank in France in the Venture Capital league tables by Cfnews for the second year in a row. Highlight transactions included the sale of Foodcheri to Sodexo (foodtech), the financing rounds for iAdvize (SaaS, $38m), Sendinblue (SaaS, $35m), Glovo (marketplace, $33m) or Gastrofix (hospitality SaaS, $18m).
“We are very pleased to report another record year for the firm” said Nicolas von Bülow and Stéphane Valorge, co-founding Managing Partners. “We are proud to have seized this high amount of opportunities for our clients while remaining very selective in our approach. Our international setup with a European coverage coupled with Clipperton’s strict focus on innovative technology companies has proven to be the ideal model to provide our clients with a unique service offering.”
The firm continues to strengthen its team with new hires and promotions including Thomas de Montille and Antoine Ganancia to Partner.
During his time at Jefferies he participated in a number of high profile M&A transactions and equity offerings including the sale of Webuyanycar to BCA (e-commerce), the sale of Chrysalis to BMG/KKR (media), the IPO of Inside Secure (electronics) and Klarna’s $155m fundraising with General Atlantic, DST and Sequoia Capital (Fintech).
At Clipperton, Thomas led and completed over 25 assignments across consumer internet, software and electronics. He was notably involved in M&A transactions such as the acquisition of Cheerz by Cewe (e-commerce), the sale of Aramisauto to PSA (e-commerce), the sale of Leetchi to Arkea (fintech), the sale of Webedia to Fimalac and the subsequent acquisition of jeuxvideo.com by Fimalac (digital media), the sale of Photoweb to Exacompta Clairefontaine (e-commerce) and the acquisition of KNL by Linxens (electronics). He also advised numerous clients on their financing rounds such as Meilleursagents (digital media), Odoo (SaaS), Ad2games (ad tech), Oxatis (SaaS), Asgoodasnew (e-commerce), Melty (digital media), Staffme (marketplace).
Thomas graduated from EDHEC business school and holds an MSC in finance.
Antoine has more than 10 years of experience in the High-Tech space. He started his career at Mars & Co, a strategy consulting firm, where he took part in various projects in the consumer electronics industry before joining Apple EMEA headquarters in London.
At Clipperton, Antoine completed numerous M&A mandates such as the sale of Greenweez (e-commerce) to Carrefour, the strategic investment of Vente-Privee in AdotMob (adtech), the sale of Hitmeister (marketplace) to Metro Group, the sale of Vodeclic (SaaS) to Skillsoft. He also led over 30 private placements for clients such as iAdvize ($50m+ in total), Sendinblue ($35m Series A), Withings ($35m Series C), Finsecur ($30m Series B), Le Collectionist ($10m Series B), Lydia ($8m Series B) or Gastrofix ($18m Series B).
Antoine graduated from HEC Paris and holds a Master of Digital Business Strategy from Telecom Paris/ENST.
Thomas Neveux and Thibaut Revel, Managing Partners of Clipperton, commented: “We are happy to welcome Thomas and Antoine to our partnership, to further develop a leading corporate finance advisory firm fully focused on high growth technology companies in Europe. Their presence with us for respectively 5 and 8 years illustrates the stability of our Senior team as well as the deep sectorial expertise that we’ve been building over the years at Clipperton with loyal and long-lasting relationships with both team members and clients.”
Clipperton is a European independent corporate finance advisory firm exclusively dedicated to the Technology & Internet industries, advising innovative companies on M&A transactions, debt financings and equity offerings. With offices in London, Paris, and Berlin and an international reach, Clipperton is a European leader in Technology financial advisory. Over the past 15 years, the team has successfully completed more than 230 high profile transactions globally. For more details please visit www.clipperton.net