Private market investment platform Crowdcube has acquired Semper. a leading secondary liquidity platform for founders and employees of Europe’s high-growth companies.
Under the terms of the acquisition, Semper founders, Mathias Pastor and Balthazar de Lavergne will continue to lead the secondary business in close collaboration with Crowdcube’s co-CEOs, Bill Simmons and Matt Cooper and the wider executive team.
With limited new listings continuing to be a feature of the public markets and a contraction in venture markets, businesses are increasingly exploring alternative solutions for providing liquidity to employees and early shareholders.
By acquiring Semper, Crowdcube is creating for the first time the opportunity for founders to reward high-performing staff and early angel investors, while simultaneously building a community of shareholders within their customer base.
This acquisition opens the door for retail investors to participate alongside sophisticated institutional investors in secondary transactions with some of Europe’s most promising startups for the first time.
Balthazar de Lavergne, co-founder of Semper, comments: “We started Semper to help iconic companies attract and retain top talent by making equity more tangible. We’ve built the infrastructure and networks across Europe for companies to offer liquidity to their team members and early investors; we’re now excited to expand on those foundations by partnering with Crowdcube. Together, we can provide a wider range of liquidity solutions for European startups throughout their growth journeys, with participation from both institutional and retail investors.”
Bill Simmons, Co-CEO of Crowdcube, comments: “The potential to create the largest private market investment platform in Europe is vast, and we are just getting started. Our acquisition of Semper positions us favourably to capitalise on all of the interest and momentum in and around the private markets at the moment.
For Crowdcube, this partnership re-enforces its position as Europe’s largest private market investment platform, connecting companies with investors throughout their journey from private to public.
Crowdcube, we think that meaningful fundraising has tremendous influence. We are Europe’s top equity crowdfunding platform, propelling founders to raise the funding they need to change the world. We are the driving force behind 20 of the most well-known crowdfunding campaigns ever.