About

ICON is a multi award-winning firm of advisors to companies and management teams in high growth technology sectors

Team ICON Global Reach Awards + Achievements Why ICON Testimonials

Team ICON:

An international, multi-lingual and culturally diverse team drawn from UK, New York, Paris, Munich, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nairobi, Harare, Brussels and Hong Kong. ICON’s award winning team combine in- depth deal expertise with deep market and sector knowledge

  • Alan Bristow

    Alan Bristow

    Founder,
    CEO

  • Brian Parker

    Brian Parker

    Co-Founder,
    Head of M&A

  • Nicky Cotter

    Nicky Cotter

    Co-Founder ICON & The FinTech50
    Head of FinTech

  • Eddie Harding

    Eddie Harding

    Partner

  • Simon Moynagh

    Simon Moynagh

    Partner

  • James Kenward

    James Kenward

    Director

  • Florian Depner

    Florian Depner

    Director

  • Monica Shupikai Simmons

    Monica Shupikai Simmons

    Director

  • Younes Benchaiba

    Younes Benchaiba

    M&A Analyst

  • Lisette Walker

    Lisette Walker

    Research Analyst
    Deal Support

  • Thibault Dujardin

    Thibault Dujardin

    Analyst

  • Ritika Hiranandani

    Ritika Hiranandani

    In-Country Expert

  • Jordan Harbison

    Jordan Harbison

    Transaction Support

  • Peach

    Peach

    Head of Happiness

Full team

Global Reach:

ICON has a truly International network of relationships across the global M&A, Venture Capital, Private Equity and CVCs communities – validated by our track record of cross-border deals

Awards + Achievements:

  • SME News Finance Awards

    SME News Finance Awards

    2019

    Leading Specialists in Corporate Financial Advice

  • Global Venture Awards

    Global Venture Awards

    2019

    Winner: Corporate Finance Advisory - Technology Industries, UK

  • CV Corporate Excellence Awards

    CV Corporate Excellence Awards

    2019

    Winner: Leading Tech-Sector Corporate Finance Advisory Firm

  • Wealth & Finance FinTech Awards

    Wealth & Finance FinTech Awards

    2018

    Winner: Best Technology Focused M&A Advisory Firm

  • ACQ5 Global Awards

    ACQ5 Global Awards

    Technology Sector 2018

    Winner: Europe - Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year

  • UK Enterprise Awards

    UK Enterprise Awards

    Corporate Finance 2018

    Winner: Most Recognised Corporate Finance House

  • The Private Equity Awards

    The Private Equity Awards

    2018

    Finalist: UK Corporate Finance House of the Year

  • The Parliamentary Review

    The Parliamentary Review

    2017

    Best Practice Representative

  • Finance Monthly Magazine M&A Awards

    Finance Monthly Magazine M&A Awards

    2017

    Winner: Eddie Harding, Dealmaker of the Year

  • Acquisition International M&A Awards

    Acquisition International M&A Awards

    2016

    Winner: Best in FinTech Fundraising - UK

  • Wealth & Finance Awards

    Wealth & Finance Awards

    Finance Awards 2016

    Winner: Best Tech-Focused Corporate Finance Advisory Firm - UK

  • ACQ Global Global Awards

    ACQ Global Global Awards

    2015

    Winner: UK Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year (Sell-Side)

  • M&A Today Global Awards

    M&A Today Global Awards

    2015

    Winner: Corporate Finance Advisory - Technology Industries, UK

  • Acquisition International M&A Awards

    Acquisition International M&A Awards

    2015

    Winner: Best Technology Focused Corporate Finance House

  • Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards

    Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards

    2015

    Winner: Most Outstanding Exit Review Specialists - UK

  • Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards

    Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards

    Continent Awards 2015

    Winner: Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year Award (Technology Industries) - UK

  • DealMakers End of Year Annual Awards

    DealMakers End of Year Annual Awards

    2014

    Winner: DealMaker of the Year

  • Global M&A Awards

    Global M&A Awards

    2014

    Winner: Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of The Year (Technology Companies) - UK

  • Acquisition International M&A Awards

    Acquisition International M&A Awards

    2014

    Winner: High Growth Technology Financial Advisers of the Year - UK

  • Acquisition International M&A Awards

    Acquisition International M&A Awards

    2013

    Winner: Technology Corporate Finance Firm of the Year - UK

  • Global M&A Award

    Global M&A Award

    2013

    Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year

  • Deal Makers Global Award

    Deal Makers Global Award

    2011

    Winner: Corporate Finance House of the Year

  • InterContinental Finance Global Awards

    InterContinental Finance Global Awards

    2010

    Corporate Finance Firm of the Year for Global Deal Expertise

  • BusinessXL Power Brokers

    BusinessXL Power Brokers

    2009

    Power Broker - Alan Bristow

  • BVCA Private Equity Awards

    BVCA Private Equity Awards

    2009

    Winner: Corporate Finance House of the Year.

  • M&A Awards

    M&A Awards

    2009

    Winner: Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year

Why ICON:

What sets us apart?


Specialists

We are 100% dedicated to the technology sector

Track Record

Closed over 250 deals—deep deal and negotiation knowledge

Sector Expertise

Deep industry contacts and relationships across the international community

Global Reach

We identify and target the most relevant acquirers across our global network

Alignment

Owned entirely by our team - so your transaction will be very important to us

Maximise Value

We drive a rigorous process to maximise competitive tension and minimise dilution

Experience

Partner-led advice—no ‘B’ team

Testimonials:

Thank you for your assistance with the sale of Hub Network Services. James has been exceptional over what has been quite a long haul. I cannot recommend your services, and James particularly, highly enough.
John Volanthen, CEO, HNS
HNS
My compliments to ICON who have been instrumental in helping us close this round. They are formidable deal makers and helped navigate us though every step on the journey.
Matthew Hodgson, CEO, Mosaic Smart Data
Mosaic Smart Data
Eddie ran a very effective process which achieved the ideal result that we had been hoping for. ICON identified a large number of interested buyers including large overseas organisations. Eddie made the process as smooth as it could possibly be by using his knowledge coupled with a very calm and straightforward approach. This worked very well for both seller and buyer and hence smoothed the process. I found the support, guidance and reassurance along the way to be very valuable and made what could have been a challenging journey seem a great deal easier. I would strongly recommend ICON for similar transactions.
Ian Lyons, Founder & Chairman, Optimum Contact
Optimum Contact
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