We understand that the technology sector is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape. For ambitious entrepreneurs and established tech enterprises alike, navigating the financial aspects of growth, expansion, and strategic investments can be a challenging endeavour. That’s where we step in.
DAI Magister is a M&A investment bank dedicated to empowering technology companies to reach new heights and leave a lasting impact on the world.
Momentum to tackle the climate crisis has been building across the world, with progress being made at every front. Bold new emissions-reduction targets, more stringent regulations and a shift to ESG in the private sector have spurred massive investments. Climate tech is only just starting to heat up and we want to support that growth.
The global climate tech market size is estimated to be at US$16.9 bn and is expected to reach US$147.5 bn by 2032, growing at a CAGR of 24.2%. The lion share of funding has flowed to startups in energy, mobility, food, agriculture, land use and water and industry/manufacturing sectors.
As our environment reaches a tipping point, climate tech is set to play an increasingly important role in enabling and accelerating transformation at the speed and scale required to address the climate crisis.
Here are some of our climate transactions:
Sub-sectors we serve:
RENEWABLE ENERGIES | E-MOBILITY | BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES/RECYCLING | CARBON ECONOMY | AGRI-TECH | FOOD TECH | FASHION TECH | WATER TECH | WEATHER TECH
Bringing together science and engineering, deep tech has the potential to create significant impact on industries and businesses, providing solutions to complex problems that were once unimaginable. From healthcare to finance, the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotics have transformed traditional methods of operation, allowing for greater efficiency and sustainability.
In finance, deep tech is facilitating faster and more secure financial transactions, while in agriculture it is enabling precision farming techniques using drones and satellite imagery to optimise crop yields.
According to Dealrooms 2023 Deep Tech report, European deep tech start-ups raised $17.7B in 2022, 22% less than 2021 total, but still +60% on 2020 and was the 2nd best performing segment behind only energy year on year.
Deep tech has shown resilience in recent market turmoil suggesting that investment in deep tech is likely to continue in the coming years, as businesses and investors recognise the potential for transformative innovations and significant returns on investment.
The following are just a few of the deals we have advised on within this sector:
Sub-sectors we serve:
ROBOTICS | AUTOMATION | BIG DATA/AI | QUANTUM COMPUTING | ADVANCED MATERIALS | HARDWARE | CYBERSECURITY | INDUSTRY 4.0 | SPACE TECH
In recent years, there has been a significant and sustained rise in investment in tech-enabled commerce, fundamentally reshaping the way businesses operate and consumers shop. This trend is driven by a confluence of factors including advancements in technology, changing consumer behaviours and the increasing integration of digital solutions into every aspect of commerce.
One of the primary drivers of this investment surge is the evolution of technology itself. Breakthroughs in areas like artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics, and loud computing have unlocked new possibilities for businesses to streamline operations, personalise customer experiences and optimise supply chains. As a result, both established companies and start-ups are leveraging these technologies to create innovate platforms, applications and services that enhance the shopping journey.
Here are some of our transactions within tech-enabled commerce:
Sub-sectors we serve:
LOGISTICS | SUPPLY CHAIN | MARKETPLACES | RETAIL TECH | HEALTH TECH | HR TECH | ED TECH
One of the most significant and exciting developments is the rise of financial technology, or fintech.
This burgeoning sector has not only revolutionised the way we manage money but has also emerged as a lucrative avenue for investment, offering innovative solutions that are more inclusive, efficient and user-centric from peer to peer lending platforms and mobile payment apps to robo-advisors and block chain-based services.
As the industry continues to evolve, investors, entrepreneurs and established institutions are embracing fintech’s potential to revolutionise financial services and improve the way we manage our money. By navigating the challenges and capitalising on the opportunities, fintech is poised to shape the future for years to come.
Here are some of fintech transactions:
Sub-sectors we serve:
PAYMENTS | LENDING | BIG DATA/AI | BANKING/BAAS | INSURANCE | WEALTH/SAVINGS |REG TECH | BLOCKCHAIN/WEB 3.0
Communications technology encompasses a wide range of technologies that have revolutionised the way we connect and communicate in our modern world. From traditional means such as written letters and telephones to advanced digital platforms and wireless networks, communications tech plays a pivotal role in shaping how we interact, collaborate and share information.
The rise in investment in communications technology reflects a comvergence of technological advancements, changing societal needs, economic shifts, and evolving industries. This investment is driving the development of cutting edge solutions that enhance connectivity, collaboration and efficiency.
Here are some of our communications tech transactions:
Sub-sectors we serve:
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES | DATA CENTRES | FIBRE | COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE | IOT/COMMUNICATION TECH | CLOUD SOFTWARE & SERVICES
As Africa’s economy continues to recover from the pandemic, there are positive indications to suggest a robust M&A market is on its way. Economic sentiment is healthy, capital is flowing in, and companies are maturing and looking to expand.
In the last few years, we have seen significant changes; funding is pouring in at an unprecedented rate, and large funding rounds are becoming increasingly common. Last year alone we saw nearly $300m invested, an impressive figure considering this was the approximate total amount of funding recorded in the five years from 2015 to 2019. Africa has been described as the fastest-growing continent for foreign direct investment, ideal for investors.
Beyond deals involving large private companies and big multinationals, we’re likely to see the continued rise of locally led M&As as a growing number of African entrepreneurs are launching fast-growing companies and looking for ways to scale.
In the last few years, we have been on the frontlines facilitating deals and monitoring new developments as these markets continue to transform.
We have advised on over 10 transactions within these markets, where our landmark deals include:
Sectors we serve:
CLIMATE TECH | RENEWABLE ENERGY | FINTECH | TECH-ENABLED COMMERCE | COMMUNICATIONS TECH
Digital twin technology offers a way of revolutionising our approach to energy efficiency and will be a powerful complementary force alongside developments in the physical technologies driving the energy transition. These digital replicas of physical assets and processes, built on sophisticated mathematical models, go beyond static simulations by incorporating live data and allowing highly complex systems to be evaluated in real-time.
FemTech encompasses a diverse range of companies addressing critical aspects of women’s well-being, a $28 billion sector that extends well beyond reproductive health. However, despite its growth, FemTech receives only 1 to 2% of total health tech funding due to a lack of understanding in the investor community.
The travel tech sector is witnessing noteworthy developments. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) are still capitalising on the shift from traditional to digital platforms, gaining a greater share of the travel and tourism market. In more developed markets, OTAs are increasingly focusing on improving the user experience by leveraging generative AI…
Digital Asset Management (DAM) providers are becoming indispensable, offering a centralised, secure, and efficient way to manage digital assets. Propelled by artificial intelligence (AI), machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and computer vision integrations, the DAM market is predicted to quadruple from $4 billion today to over $12 billion by 2030.
In 2023, the European venture capital landscape veered away from the exuberant valuations and frenetic deal-making that characterised 2021, signifying a reassessment of investor expectations.
The once-standard benchmark of becoming a unicorn (achieving a $1 billion valuation or exit) was suddenly overly optimistic as the tightening of fundraising avenues spurred a hunt for more modest yet viable exit strategies…
2023 proved a challenging year for the climate vertical. European climate investments succumbed to the broader market downturn, experiencing a 39% drop in deals and capital, in line with the rest of the European market. Whilst severe, this decline is less acute than the US, where VC funding plummeted by 60% year-on-year.
The African business landscape is consolidating as it evolves toward a more mature phase. In recent years, including 2023, we’ve seen the initial ripples of this through a wave of smaller M&A deals. These deals have been driven by companies seeking geographic expansion, diversification of their client base, or opportunistic acquisitions of distressed assets.
Digital identification leverages advanced technologies like biometrics, cryptographic methods, and secure authentication protocols to establish a robust and tamper-resistant means of verifying an individual’s identity. By incorporating multi-factor authentication, facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, or other biometric markers, digital IDs significantly enhance the security and accuracy of identity verification.
Despite the funding downturn, anticipation was palpable as COP28 commenced, bringing a weighty agenda filled with critical issues and decisions. One central point of discussion revolved around the proposed Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, which received backing from numerous Global South countries and the European Parliament.
African universities face challenges in delivering high-quality education, impeding the development of tech talent. Outdated curricula often fall short of meeting the dynamic demands of the tech industry, leaving graduates with skills misaligned with practical job requirements and the latest technologies.
The production of batteries, the lifeblood of electric vehicles, has a massive environmental impact. It involves a significant allocation of resources, many of them scarce. The destructive practices employed while extracting these resources result in habitat destruction, soil pollution, and water contamination, posing a substantial environmental burden.
Recent strides in Natural Language Processing (NLP), particularly with models like GPT, have granted LegalTech companies the capability to automate intricate text analysis with Artificial Intelligence (AI) anticipated to take over as much as 40% of legal work.
Fermentation is leading the charge in revolutionising our food system. With agriculture and livestock placing increasing demands on our planet making up 14% of all human-caused greenhouse gas releases, 40% of global methane emissions, and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, fermentation emerges as a promising technology.
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) has long been a vital part of the global financial ecosystem, with the first deal dating back to the 1870s. Until recently Africa hasn’t developed enough companies of scale for successful M&A to drive highly profitable exits, with M&A on the continent accounting for only 2% of global deal value.