Name: GP Bullhound
Industry/Sector: Financial and professional services
Date founded: 1999
The bosses: Hugh Campbell, Per Roman, Manish Madhvani
Latest turnover: £11.4m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.63
Latest EBITDA: £1.1m
GP Bullhound provides independent strategic advice and “hard-nosed dealmaking” to technology entrepreneurs, companies and investors. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in London, it boasts a range of dealmakers across Europe and the US who provide expertise and knowledge regarding what’s necessary to establish a global category leader in the competitive tech sector. GP Bullhound combines this knowledge with access to buyers, investors and partners that it hopes can be of particular use for its client base.
It’s also a research-centric investment bank, publishing monthly sector reports across ecommerce, software and hardware as well as digital content. The company says its “passion for technology, financial acumen and empathy for entrepreneurs” is what sets it apart – with 100 deals completed in the last ten years. It has five tech hubs across Europe and the US, and over half of its mergers and acquisition deals have a cross-border element.
An example of a recent deal GP Bullhound provided assistance with was Believe Digital – becoming the global fully independent market leader in distributing music and video to online streaming and download services. GP Bullhound acted as its exclusive financial advisor on a growth capital investment of $60m from Technology Crossover Ventures, XAnge and GP Bullhound Sidecar.
Its managing partners have some solid pedigree between them. Madhvani has been involved in M&A and capital raising transactions since 1997 including Spotify, The Telegraph and WPP. He has also advised the treasury on entrepreneurship. Roman is an established technology investment banker, who has previously worked with Navteq, Shazam and CLX, while Campbell previously worked in equity research at Golman Sachs and has closed deals with Figleaves and sold business to Disney, Tesco and Accenture.
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