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Vespa Capital announces recapitalisation of Lumi

Vespa Capital is delighted to announce the successful recapitalisation of Lumi, underlining its ongoing commitment to the meeting technology platform.

Following the original investment by Vespa Capital in 2017, Lumi has experienced extraordinary growth and is widely recognised as the leading global provider of AGM meeting technology. In 2021 alone, Lumi serviced over 4,000 meetings worldwide, in 40 markets, supporting the world’s largest corporations and associations to manage the shift to virtual and hybrid meeting technologies. Lumi’s technology enables shareholders and members to participate in meetings virtually and its rapid adoption has resulted in significant environmental and governance benefits globally.

The recapitalisation led by Vespa Capital is supported by Investec Growth & Leverage Finance as well as reinvestment by Lumi’s wider management team. The investment will also provide additional funding to enable Lumi to build on its dominant market position and continue to drive international growth.

Nigel Hammond, Partner at Vespa Capital said “Our continuing commitment to Lumi highlights our ongoing confidence in the senior management team led by Richard Taylor, CEO to further develop Lumi’s market leading technology, provide excellent service delivery and support their clients’ virtual, hybrid and in-room meeting requirements.

“Lumi is a mission critical software provider serving a truly global client base which aligns with our core investment strategy, and we are excited by the future potential of the business in this rapidly changing marketplace.” Hammond commented.

Richard Taylor, CEO of Lumi, added “We are very pleased that Vespa Capital will continue to back Lumi during the next stage of our growth. This investment allows Lumi to retain its independence in the market, and to continue to deepen our long-established relationships with our key clients, partners and intermediaries around the world. It also leaves us well positioned to capitalise on market opportunities to continue our geographic expansion, as well as allowing us to invest in the growth of the Lumi platform beyond the AGM itself”.

Advisory services were provided by Results International, DLA Piper, FRP Advisory, Plural Strategy, Grant Thornton LLP, Endava, Marsh, Rees Pollock and DWF Group.

Notes to Editors

About Vespa Capital
Vespa Capital is a well-established independent private equity investment firm, founded by experienced industry practitioners, with a focus on supporting MBOs and private company recapitalisations. The investment partners have long standing, wide ranging and international experience with a common heritage that brings a rich level of support to ambitious founders and management teams in the lower mid-market. Vespa Capital has a strong track record of partnering with differentiated, niche and quality-leading B2B technology and services businesses enabling management teams to achieve their growth objectives.

For more information, please contact:
Nigel Hammond
Vespa Capital nigel@vespacapital.com

About Lumi
Lumi is the leading digital platform facilitating in-room, hybrid and virtual AGMs for the world’s largest corporations and membership organisations. It is the only platform that digitises the entire lifecycle of
an AGM in a single solution that enables sophisticated meeting facilitation before, during and after the live meeting.

Based on proprietary, patented technology, Lumi provides software, hardware and services that assist registrars or event organizers to register delegates and provide live, secure polling, Q&A management services, and relevant reporting.

Lumi is headquartered in Hampshire, UK, where central functions including finance, product development and marketing are based but has offices in 11 countries across Europe, APAC, The Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Highly differentiated in the majority of markets where it is active, it benefits from extremely strong, experienced and renowned MDs who lead each in-country team.