PARIS, March 28th, 2017 – On March 30th and 31st Tech Tour will launch the fourth edition of its Annual Growth Forum, the essential tech sector event in Europe that brings together the next generation of European high-growth tech companies (50 “unicorns” identified in the Tech Tour Growth 50 rankings published in February). Bryan, Garnier & Co, a pan-European investment bank and leader in supporting growth companies, has taken over from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which had acted as the partner until now.
The essential tech event for growth companies and investors
The Tech Tour Growth Forum’s objective is to promote the next generation of high-growth tech companies in Europe. The managers of these future “unicorns” will gather in Geneva and Lausanne on March 30th and 31st in order to spend two days sharing ideas with investors. Two of these companies will receive awards: the Tech Tour Growth Award or the Tech Tour Innovation Award.
Bryan, Garnier & Co, an ideal partner for the Tech Tour Growth Forum
For the past 20 years, Bryan, Garnier & Co has supported tech sector companies by providing research and intermediation activities in the main European and American stock exchanges, by raising capital through private placements or equity offerings and by offering mergers and acquisitions advisory. Since 2014, Bryan Garnier has also been the leading bank for initial public offerings of European company stocks on Nasdaq. In 2016, Bryan Garnier completed nearly 30 transactions in the tech sector in Europe, including a €100 million private placement for Devialet, the sale of Lexsi to Orange Cyberdefense, the acquisition of a 40% equity interest in MGI by Konica Minolta, the DKK 143 million secondary offering by Zealand on the Nasdaq Nordic market and the $23 million private placement for Tado, the German leader for Internet of Things (IoT) products. Bryan Garnier’s clients also include previous TechTour award winners such as Devialet or Bitfury, a leading blockchain technology firm.
With pan-European coverage, the bank has a long-standing presence in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the United States and India. In 2016, Bryan Garnier strengthened its market position in the German-speaking region (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) by acquiring a leading technology investment bank based in Munich and covering this region. Last November, Bryan, Garnier & Co and JMP Securities, a leading U.S. investment bank for the tech sector, announced the launch of a joint platform under the JMP Bryan Garnier brand name, thereby creating a leading transatlantic firm, with more than 300 employees, including around 30 equity analysts and nearly 100 investment bankers specializing in U.S. and European innovative companies.
Focus on the agenda for the 2017 edition of Tech Tour Growth 50
For two days, investors and company managers will meet and share information through workshops. Several of these workshops will be led by spokespersons from Bryan, Garnier & Co.
On Thursday March 30th in Geneva, at the offices of Pictet & Cie bank:
• at 11:15 a.m., Greg Revenu, Managing Partner of Bryan, Garnier & Co, will offer opening remarks at the start of the Forum;
• at 11:45 a.m., the “Managing Exits” workshop for European company managers will also be led by Greg Revenu;
• at 3:15 p.m., investors will be invited to participate in a discussion on the topic “2017: The year of the ‘tourist investor’ in Europe?”, with contributions from Falk Müller-Veerse, who is also a partner of Bryan, Garnier & Co (Germany).
On Friday March 31th in Lausanne, at the International Institute for Management Development:
• at 11:10 a.m., Olivier Garnier, Managing Partner of Bryan, Garnier & Co, will speak during the networking event “Lessons learnt from taking companies public”;
• at 12:20 p.m., a discussion session on success factors for growth companies under the title “Exit horizons – IPOs, trade sales and cross-over investors,” will be moderated by Olivier Beaudouin, Partner of Bryan, Garnier & Co.
About Bryan, Garnier & Co (www.bryangarnier.com)
Bryan, Garnier & Co is a European, full service growth-focused independent investment banking partnership founded in 1996. The firm provides equity research, sales and trading, private and public capital raising as well as M&A services to growth companies and their investors. It focuses on key growth sectors of the economy including Technology, Media, Telecoms, Healthcare, Smart Industries, Specialty Retail and Business Services. Bryan, Garnier & Co is a fully registered broker dealer authorized and regulated by the FCA in Europe and the FINRA in the U.S. Bryan, Garnier & Co is headquartered in London, with additional offices in Paris, Munich, Geneva, New York and New Delhi. The firm is a member of the London Stock Exchange and Euronext.
About The Tech Tour (www.techtour.com / www.e-unlimited.com)
Founded in 1998, Tech Tour provides a Community facilitating investment into world class entrepreneurs with event and online matching platforms between growing and emerging innovative companies and investors across borders, regions, sectors and stages. Tech Tour is also the trade name for Europe Unlimited.