ABC Capital Partners is born as Metrika Tech fund exclusive advisor started with a fund raising of 21,3 MLN/€
First major Qinet investment in the cybersecurity world
Milan, 12 March 2021 – ABC Capital Partners, an advisory company co-founded by the promoters Dario Albarello, Francesco Baroncelli and Alessandro Cozzi, announced that he has joined, as exclusive advisor of Metrika Tech fund, the entrepreneur Livio Traversa to support the growth of Qinet, a company operating in the field of cybersecurity based in Turin. Metrika Tech is a private equity fund that has been participated by private investors of primary standing linked to the world of Italian entrepreneurship, in particular information technology and high finance, specializing mainly in majority transactions in small and mid-Italian market, with focus on technology companies of excellence with an approximate turnover between 5 and 50 million Euro. To date, the Metrika Tech Fund has carried out the second closing exceeding 21 million Euro and has as a target fund raising of 30 million Euro, with which it intends to improve a limited number of operations, in such a way as to be able to develop an investment model with a strong industrial approach on the companies involved, especially with a view to buy and build.
A few months after its launch, ABC Capital Partners has supported Metrika Tech Fund in its first major investment operation in the capital of Qinet company of excellence based in Turin that operates in the increasingly strategic sector of cybersecurity. The main objective of the deal is to support the founder Livio Traversa in the future development phase of the Company, through a process of strategic expansion, commercial and integration with other operators active in the same market segment, accelerating the growth path undertaken in recent years by the Company. Livio Traversa, CEO of Qinet, remains a minority shareholder with a 40% stake in the share capital.
Founded in 2003, Qinet is a Managed Services Provider that focuses entirely on networking and IT security and currently employs over 40 specialised and senior-level resources. The Company’s vision is to offer high-performance and secure ICT infrastructures, capable of addressing the most critical operational contexts and attacks. The corporate mission is therefore to design secure infrastructure «by design» and manage them in outsourcing for loyal customers, competitive and focused on its core business, providing services related to cybersecurity through its SOC (Security Operations Center). In particular, this activity concerns the implementation of security systems, through the introduction of technologies and operating practices that allow the protection, protection, replication and recovery of data, and the consequent monitoring of eventual criticalities through the analysis of the flows of business data.
In addition, Qinet offers a complete post-installation management service of the company network, by monitoring the risks of the devices connected at 24 hours through its NOC (Network Operations Center). ABC Capital Partners and the Metrika Tech Fund were assisted in the transaction by Pedersoli Studio Legale for the legal aspects, KPMG for the financial and tax due diligence and Ambrosetti for the ESG due diligence. The Seller was assisted by Nash Advisory and Lawyer Sabrina Giani.