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GCA expands Global Technology team

GCA Altium has hired James Craven to join its Global Technology team as Managing Director, based in London.

Craven has 17 years’ M&A experience in the technology sector, having previously been with Canaccord Genuity, DC Advisory, and PwC. He has expertise across a wide range of technology sub-sectors including software, fintech, data & analytics, broadcasting technology, tech enabled services, IT services, managed services and telecom services.
In recent years, Craven has completed several high-profile transactions including Broadridge, Callcredit, Civica, Epicor, Infor, NTT Data, Park Place Technologies and Tata.
His deals include extensive cross border M&A experience across private and public companies having completed deals in Europe, the US and Asia, as well as strong relationships in the European and US private equity communities.
As a leading tech-focused investment bank, this appointment builds upon GCA Altium’s expertise across key sub-sectors. In 2016, the firm achieved record revenues of circa GBP150 million, successfully completing well over 100 transactions. Recent high-profile deals include the sale of Breitling to CVC Capital Partners, the IPO of Footasylum, and the USD100 million fundraising for driverless vehicle technology specialist LeddarTech.  
Phil Adams, Chief Executive at GCA Altium, says: “I am delighted that James has decided to join GCA Altium. Our business has enjoyed dramatic growth in the last five years and attracting talent of the calibre of James is a reflection of the strength of our global platform as well as in the UK. Our merger has expanded our deep expertise in technology to cover Silicon Valley, the East Coast as well as India, China and Japan. We believe that technology will continue to be the primary driver of growth in all industries and so further strengthening our team in this area is particularly exciting.”

Craven adds, “Following the merger last year with GCA Savvian, GCA Altium has become one of the only investment banks which is focused on offering sector specialist, independent advice to the mid-market on a global basis. I look forward to augmenting an already very strong Global Technology team in the USA, Europe and Asia. Technology is disrupting all walks of life and is breaking down traditional geographic borders, making it exciting times to advise on a global platform.”

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