Agathos to invest in SMEs in Northern Ireland
Thursday, March 17th, 2016

New team headed up by Simon Danielli

London-based private equity fund Agathos Management LLP, which invests in SMEs in complex situations, is now actively looking for opportunities to invest in SMEs in Northern Ireland.

The new Agathos venture will be run and managed by the former Ulster and Scotland rugby player, Simon Danielli who worked at Ballyculter Trading, a multi-faceted private investment company in Northern Ireland, working across all areas of the life-cycle of alternative investments.

Agathos typically invests between £500,000K to £7million in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across a range of sectors. Agathos is now expanding into Ireland, north and south, and is actively seeking investment opportunities to partner with management teams and create value and long-term growth in SMEs.

Simon Danielli, Agathos’ investment advisor in NI, commented: “I’m excited about this new role and the timing is perfect. The economy over here is showing signs of growth and there are an increasing number of businesses looking for support to grow. I’m now leading the Agathos effort to source both individual investment opportunities as well as acquisition opportunities for the Agathos portfolio.”

“In my last role I identified emerging investment opportunities and the plan is to put that to use here in Northern Ireland and in the Republic. There are occasions when an SME is on the verge of growth and may need a capital investment and strategic and operational support. It is important to get that timing and partnership right and that is the service we now aim provide locally.”

William de Laszlo, Agathos Founding Partner, said: “Simon is welcome addition to our growing team. We strongly believe in investing in the right businesses, in the right way and at the right time and Simon is going to spearhead our strategic efforts into Ireland with the full backing of the team in London.”

Simon previously played professional rugby with Bath and Ulster and international Rugby for Scotland, being capped 32 times, including playing in 2 world cups, most recently in New Zealand in 2011. He regularly provides analysis and commentary on rugby for BBC Radio Ulster.