We advised SMART Photonics, the independent foundry for photonic integrated circuits, who successfully raised a €35M equity investment round from a Dutch consortium of investors led by Innovation Industries. The funding will help SMART Photonics to accelerate the growth for photonic chip manufacturing. The funding round includes a contribution from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK) of The Netherlands through the Brabant Development Agency (BOM), as well as participations from KPN Ventures, PhotonDelta and existing shareholders.
Online supermarket Picnic raised € 250 million for the construction of a robotized distribution center. ABN Amro puts € 50 million in Picnic whereas and the remainder is invested by current investors who previously invested € 100 million in the company in 2017. The investor group includes NPM Capital, De Hoge Dennen, Hoyberg and Finci. We advised NPM Capital on this financing round.
Metrological enables operators to seamlessly integrate their TV and OTT content into a single TV viewer experience. The Metrological Application Platform delivers a complete product suite for onboarding and managing the lifecycle of web and native apps and premium OTT services across set-top boxes. We advised the selling shareholders of Metrological on the sale of the company to Comcast Cooperation.
We advised Standard Investment on acquiring a 50% interest in Hollandia Structures, Hollandia Infra, Hollandia Services, Everest Industriële Montage and Hollandia UK. Hollandia is one of the leading parties in the field of steel and mechanical engineering in the segments of infrastructure, maintenance, petrochemical, high-rise buildings and utility construction. The business units are transferred to a new holding company called Hollandia Orange, in which Hollandia Holding and Standard Investment each have a 50% interest. The company has its headquarters in Krimpen aan den IJssel and branches in Heijningen, Fijnaart and London (UK). The Hollandia Orange companies achieved a turnover of approximately EUR 100 million in 2018 with a pre-tax result of approximately EUR 6.5 million. The company employs around 300 people.
SurveyMonkey (Nasdaq: SVMK), a leading global survey software company, has announced the acquisition of Usabilla, a leading global Voice of Customer (VoC) technology provider. Usabilla empowers over 450 enterprises in 35 countries, including global brands like Lufthansa, Philips, and Vodafone, to collect, analyze, and act on real-time user feedback to improve their products and customer experience. Headquartered in Amsterdam, Usabilla employs over 130 people in Europe, the United States, and Australia. SurveyMonkey acquires Usabilla for approximately $80 million, comprised of a mix of cash and equity. We advised the selling shareholders of Usabilla.
Photobox Group, Europe’s leading personalisation business, has acquired Dutch online cards and gifting retailer Greetz. The acquisition makes Photobox Group the European market leader in online greetings cards and personal gifting through the Greetz and Moonpig brands. We advised the selling shareholders, including Prime Ventures, on this exit transaction.
Siemens acquired Mendix, a leader in low-code application development, for €600 million in cash. We advised Prime Ventures on this successful exit. Previously, we advised on the Series A and B Round led by Prime Ventures respective Battery Ventures.
We advised the selling shareholders, including the leading Dutch venture capital firm Prime Ventures, on the sale of Forcare to Royal Philips. Forcare, founded in 2006, is a leading innovator in open-standards based interoperability software solutions for fast and flawless data flows between medical systems and information sources at the departmental and enterprise levels, as well as Health Information Exchanges across health systems.
We advised NPM Capital in connection with the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Ultimaker, global leader in desktop 3D printing. NPM Capital’s investment will allow Ultimaker to accelerate product development and invest in additional sales, marketing and R&D resources, which will help Ultimaker to expand on their global market position.
We advised Luxexcel and its existing investors SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners and Flemish regional investment fund PMV in their follow-on investment in Luxexcel, the only company in the world which can 3D print lenses. The financing round for an aggregate amount of up to US$10 million, was led by USA based KLA-Tencor Corporation, which participated in this round both financially as well as through in-kind industrial cooperation with Luxexcel.