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Oakley Advisory tops the advisor league table for public to private TMT deals in 2019
January 20th, 2020

Oakley Advisory Limited, one of Europe’s leading independent corporate finance firms offering specialist advice across the TMT and Online sectors, advised on more public to private transactions across the TMT sector* in 2019 than any of its peers. Oakley acted on 4 of the 11 public company takeovers in the sector last year, and has now advised on over 135 deals in total since formation in 2007, with a combined value of over £21bn.

In 2019, Oakley acted as the lead advisor on the following deals:

-Financial and Rule 3 advisor to Tax Systems plc on its £114m acquisition by Bowmark Capital. Oakley assisted with all aspects of the transaction including deal origination and public markets execution;

-Financial and Rule 3 advisor to Manx Telecom plc on its £319m acquisition by Basalt Infrastructure Partners. Oakley acted as lead advisor on the IPO of Manx Telecom in 2014 through to advising the Board on its eventual takeover by Basalt;

-Financial advisor to US-based Confluence Technologies Inc, a portfolio company of TA Associates, on its £190m acquisition of StatPro Group plc. Oakley worked with Confluence and TA as its buyside advisor, including executing the public markets process;

-Financial advisor to Nasstar plc on its £79m acquisition by GCI Managed Services, a portfolio company of Mayfair Equity Partners.

Additionally, Oakley advised a number of publicly listed multinationals in 2019, including Cellnex Telecom on the acquisition of Cignal Infrastructure, KPN on its sale of NLDC, and Just Eat on the acquisition of Flyt.

These transactions highlight Oakley’s depth of TMT sector specialism and the capability of its public markets team. Our public markets practice provides a full suite of services to clients, from IPOs to public takeovers, including everything from strategic deal advice to cash confirmation and the application of the Takeover Code.

Marc Jones, Director at Oakley, commented:

“We are delighted to be the leading corporate finance advisor on public market transactions across the TMT sector in 2019. We have seen increased interest from clients in P2P transactions and more deal flow across listed businesses. We expect this to continue in 2020.”



*Source: Megabuyte universe, 2019

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