Background

  • Aker Systems was founded in 2016 by a team of experienced technology professionals who recognised an opportunity to provide highly secure enterprise data platforms to large organisations
  • The business designs, builds and operates ultra-secure public cloud data environments for large private and public sector clients
  • Its proprietary technology solutions drive performance and reduce costs while helping its clients to improve the management and sharing of data across their organisations

Process

  • DC Advisory (DC), led by Sebastian Daumueller, was engaged by LDC to provide strategic advice in relation to a potential investment in Aker Systems
  • Working closely with LDC, DC provided advice on value creation strategies, assessment of potential exit opportunities from investment and valuation support
  • DC actively engaged in early discussions with LDC to deliver an attractive strategic plan to management and LDC, supporting efforts to a successful outcome in the process

Outcome

  • Aker secured a significant minority investment from LDC on 20 July 2020
  • LDC’s strategic partnership with Aker Systems will support the management team as they further invest in research and development relating to their proprietary software and services, and continue to grow the business’ team of highly experienced experts
  • LDC is backing the business’ existing management team led by CEO Darren Thomas, CFO Richard Hodsden, CCO Adam Crawford and Founder Director Adam Fawsitt. Tom Burnet will join Aker Systems as Non-Executive Chairman while Sir David Capewell will continue as a Strategic Adviser

“Our recent activity is testament to the strength of mid-market business in the South of England during these challenging times and demonstrates our commitment to supporting ambitious management teams. Our partnerships are giving business leaders greater confidence to capitalise on new opportunities.”

Lawrence Dean
Head of Region South at LDC

“The team at Aker Systems has developed a market leading and highly sophisticated proposition which helps very large organisations operate more efficiently in the public cloud, enabling superior use of data whilst also delivering performance and cost benefits. We’re looking forward to helping the team build on an already impressive track record of growth”

Chris Baker
Investment Director at LDC

“This transaction further highlights our expertise in advising high-growth businesses leading the digital transformation of organisations. It was a pleasure to work again with the LDC team, and we are confident Aker will continue to grow with LDC as their new partners.”

Sebastian Daumueller
Managing Director at DC Advisory