LONDON, September 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Talis Capital is bolstering its London-based team during a major expansion period for the venture capital firm. With an impressive portfolio of industry-leading tech companies including Darktrace, Onfido and iwoca, as well as sought-after early stage companies such as Luminance, Price f(x) and Pirate Studios - Talis is capitalising on strong momentum and building out its UK team.
Thomas Williams promoted to Principal: Tom has eight years of investment experience and has an excellent investment track record. He has supported investments at Talis including iwoca, Utelly, C3, Reevoo, bd4travel, Senrio, Second Home, Pirate Studios and Onfido. Prior to Talis, Tom was an asset manager at Dart Capital and worked as an execution-only broker. He has a degree from the University of Leeds, a Masters in Wealth Management and is a CFA charterholder.
Matthew De Jesus promoted to Senior Associate: Matthew has four years of investment experience at Talis and is heavily involved in all of Talis' digital ventures. He has supported the Partners on investments including Darktrace, Onfido, PassTheKeys, ClickTale, Luminance, CensorNet, Narrativ, eporta, Pirate Studios and Price f(x). Matthew holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from The London School of Economics.
Rachel Muzyczka promoted to Associate: Rachel joined Talis in 2016, having previously worked for 3 years in European tech M&A on over $200m of transactions. At Talis, Rachel has supported the Partners on investments including Cyber Observer, Luminance, Andium and Akua. Rachel holds an MSc from LSE, a BA from Queen Mary & Paris-Sorbonne and is currently working towards the ACA.
Diogo Coelho joins as Vice President, responsible for business development and investor relations. Before Talis Capital, Diogo spent over 6-years at Capital Generation Partners in London, most recently leading on UHNW client development in London and Switzerland. While at Capital Generation Partners, Diogo was also a member of the PE & VC investments team advising on deals from less than $100k to more than $100m. Diogo is Portuguese, a Lisbon native, and holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico. He holds an MBA from London Business School and is a CFA charterholder.
Vasile Foca, Managing Partner and co-founder of Talis Capital commented: "The arrival of Diogo as VP and the promotions of key members of the investment team is an important step for Talis Capital as we plan to grow the number of investors and AUM of the company. This is a significant moment for Talis Capital in terms of our increasing scale and ambition and I am excited to see what we can achieve next."
Matus Maar, Managing Partner Ventures and co-founder of Talis Capital commented: "We have established ourselves as leading experts in certain B2B tech areas, while delivering superior returns to our investors - this has only been possible due to hard work and dedication from everyone on our 12-member team. The promotions are well deserved, and I am excited about expanding the team further and welcome Diogo".
The growth in the Talis Capital team follows the upwards trajectory of investments: in the last 12 months, Talis Capital has added 12 companies to its portfolio. Several exciting investments include:
Luminance: Market-Leading Artificial Intelligence Platform for the Legal Industry. Luminance has gained significant transaction in the legal industry since launching in 2016 - they are now live in 12 countries.
Cyber Observer: Israeli cyber-security management company that provides Chief Information Security Officers and security domain managers with the ability to monitor and analyse their companies' real-time security performance.
PassTheKeys: A fast-growing property tech start-up, leveraging technology to provide a unique service to Airbnb hosts and help them with hassle-free rentals.
Price f(x): Price management and CPQ SaaS solution that provides broad and flexible support to the entire price management closed loop cycle of Price Strategy, Controlling, Optimization, Setting and Realization
With a huge amount of European start-up activity in B2B technology - a core focus of Talis Capital - the firm's outlook is bullish on expanding and generating solid returns for investors.
Talis is now looking for a full-time candidate for its Graduate-Scheme Program, for more information please go to Talis Graduate-Scheme 2017/18
Talis Capital was founded in 2009 by Bob and Rohini Finch, Vasile Foca and Matus Maar. Bob and Rohini are vastly experienced in both commodity markets and private equity management while Vasile and Matus have years of VC, PE and entrepreneurial founder experience. Vasile has been active in building and investing in companies for over 19 years and Matus is both an experienced entrepreneur (co-founder of 2 VC backed companies) and has 10 years of investor experience. Talis applies its unique combination of a private equity and venture capital mindset to its investments and today has completed over $350 million of transactions