Vespa Capital

Vespa Capital is a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buy-outs, lower mid-market, management buy-outs, succession capital, development capital, strategic acquisitions, organic growth, new markets, buy and build, and re-structuring in mature and small cap companies. It prefers to invest in France and United Kingdom. The firm typically invests in small and medium companies with enterprise values between €10 million ($13.21 million) and €50 million ($64.39 million). It seeks majority or minority shareholding in its portfolio companies. The firm invests for the long term with a targeted investment period in excess of 5 years. Vespa Capital was founded in 2008 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional offices in Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Kent, United Kingdom; and Paris, France.

Sam Calder

Investment Manager

Tom Chaloner

Partner, Investment Committee Member


David Forbes


Nigel Hammond

Managing Partner

Chris Harp

Investment Manager


Katya Hawrylak

Investment Director


Megan Lester

Partner, Finance Director


Matt Lyons

Partner, Investment Committee Member


Alex Parker

Investment Director

Khidhr Shafiq



Rob Sowood

Investment Manager

17 past transactions

Bluecrest Health Screening

Private Equity Round in 2019
Bluecrest Health Screening Limited offers private and corporate health screening services at various community locations in the United Kingdom. Its screening packages check artery health, heart rhythm (resting ECG), and body composition, as well as a biochemistry check for liver disease, kidney function, cardiovascular health, diabetes, gout, and more. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is based in Worthing, United Kingdom.

Com Laude

Private Equity Round in 2017
Com Laude is a specialist domain name management company.We help businesses manage a key asset: their domain name portfolio. Founded on the expertise of Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden, who have worked in domain name management for a combined total of over 40 years, Com Laude make the business of domain management secure, reliable and predictable. Our unique approach to client management ensures that all aspects of domain name management are handled professionally and responsibly by a contact that the client knows and trusts. Our teams of experts create tailored approaches to domain name management for clients large and small. Our founders, Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden, provide strategic oversight and are on hand to offer guidance and assistance: you need only to pick up the phone and call. Nick and Lorna, the directors and co-founders of Com Laude and Valideus, have worked in the domain name industry since founding Net Searchers, the first registrar in the world dedicated to working with brand owners, in 1995. Nick and Lorna are highly regarded as "thought leaders" and pioneers, who have developed Best Practice in domain name management. Com Laude is an independent company, leaving us free to work with only the best partners from other sectors of the domain name industry. Com Laude is a subsidiary of Adsero Capital, a company owned by Nick Wood, Lorna Gradden and private equity firm, Vespa Capital.

Vitale Assistance

Private Equity Round in 2011
Vitale Assistance specializes in disaster recovery: water damage, fire, vandalism and even natural disasters.


Private Equity Round in 2008
Biophorum Operations Group develops a platform for the biopharmaceutical companies to collaborate with each other. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. As of August 6, 2018, Biophorum Operations Group operates as a subsidiary of Symposium Capital Ltd.

Feefo Holdings Limited

Acquisition in 2018
Feefo Holdings Limited develops a software-as­-a-service consumer ratings and reviews platform to improve online sales conversion metrics, enhance digital marketing, and provide customer insights and analysis to ecommerce customer. It provides products, including Social Sharing, Smart Themes, Campaign Manager, Insight Tags, Net Promoter Score, Feefo SMS, Feefo Places, and SEO Audit. It serves industries, including automobile, property, travel, retail, and finance. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in Petersfield, United Kingdom.

Valideus Ltd

Private Equity Round in 2017
Valideus Ltd is supply consultancy and management solutions to brand and community registry operators. We help new gTLD applicants at every stage from initial application and idea generation through to front-end registry management, and we do it exceptionally well as testified by the 121 applications that we have supported to date. Of the first round applications with a 100% pass mark – 96% were from Valideus. Our scores were 2.94 above the average. We managed new TLD round one applications for clients from a diverse range of industry sectors, including global leaders in e-commerce, banking, consultancy, fashion, food, insurance, media, software and travel. We have supported over a dozen registries with consultancy and policy advice on subjects from qualified launch programmes to the protection of rights. Our validation and verification services have helped registries, including .XXX, .LONDON, .BRUSSELS, .VLAANDEREN, .WALES, and .CYMRU to "get the right names into the right hands". Nick Wood and Lorna Gradden, the directors and co-founders of Valideus, have worked in the domain name industry since founding Net Searchers, the first registrar in the world dedicated to working with brand owners, in 1995. Together with the team, they bring in-depth knowledge of the domain name industry, in part gained from the management of Com Laude, a leading ICANN accredited registrar. Valideus is a subsidiary of Adsero Capital, a company owned by Nick Wood, Lorna Gradden and private equity firm, Vespa Capital. Please contact us to discuss how our expertise can benefit your organisation. For applicants and registry operators we provide: Feasibility consulting Application management Domain name strategy and policy advice and consultancy New gTLD launch planning Validation services Front-end registry services .BRAND registrar services What our clients say about us: “Valideus is a prominent voice at ICANN. They have great expertise, they are smart and reactive to what is going on, with other brands and with ICANN” “Valideus have more connections than the other players, they also have more knowledge, both in terms of ICANN regulations and advice on how to use gTLDs in the future. The other service providers just don’t have this level of knowledge, nor are they as helpful.”

WSP Textiles Ltd.

Acquisition in 2011
WSP Textiles Ltd. manufactures woolen cloth for billiard sports and tennis ball coverings in the United Kingdom. It offers snooker cloths, English pool cloths, American pool cloths, and Russian pyramid cloths. The company’s tennis ball cloth is found on various tennis balls used at tournaments worldwide. It markets its products through a network of distributors worldwide. The company was formerly known as Winterbotham, Strachan and Playne Ltd. and changed its name to WSP Textiles Ltd. in October 2011. The company was founded in 1575 and is based in Stroud, United Kingdom. As of January 26, 2016, WSP Textiles Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Saluc S.A.


Post in 2014
Catalis Plc, through its subsidiaries, engages in game testing, and development and publishing activities in the United Kingdom, Europe, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, the Testronic Division and the Publishing Division. It offers games for consoles and personal computers; and quality assurance services to studios in the film and TV sectors. The company also provides functional and localization testing services for games and quality assurance and localization services for FTV content channels for FTV market. It serves film and TV studios. The company was incorporated in 2000 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

James Villa Holidays

Acquisition in 2008
James Villa Holidays Limited is a tour operator, which offers villas for stays. It provides private villas, cottages, and resort apartments in various destinations, including Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Malta and Gozo, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. The company also offers deals on its villas, flights, car-hire, ferry crossings, and travel insurance. It provides online and offline booking services. The company was founded in 1984 and is based in Maidstone, United Kingdom. James Villa Holidays Ltd. is a former subsidiary of Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC.

Imagesound Ltd.

Private Equity Round in 2011
Imagesound Ltd. provides store music profiling, retail radio, and on screen media solutions in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company also offers installation services. It serves retail businesses and organizations ranging from shops and stores to hotels. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Chesterfield, United Kingdom with additional offices in Dubai, Florida, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.


Acquisition in 2012
Abylsen Group provides engineering consultancy services in France and internationally. It offers services in the areas of mechanics, metallurgy, plastics processing, mechatronics and electronics, on-board software, and optronics and information technology for automotive industry; design, manufacture, and maintaining in operational condition for aeronautics, space, and defense industry; project management, solvency, actuarial, and organization for insurance and social welfare industry.

Chase Search and Selection

Private Equity Round in 2016
Chase Search and Selection is a recruitment and contract sales organisation for pharma and healthcare sectors.

Le marche de leopold

Acquisition in 2019
The Leopold Market is a set of independent organic stores with no less than 9000 references dedicated to organic farming. leopold organic stores offer a wide choice of healthy and natural food products, seasonal fruits and vegetables, bulk bar, fresh and local products, large grocery store, gluten and vegan products, drinks and vegetable milks.But also all that it must for well-being and beauty,herbal teas, food supplements, cosmetics. leopoldmake every effort to provide you with advice that will allow you to consume organic simply in your daily life.

SDS Group

Acquisition in 2010
SDS is a distribution of spare parts and accessories to white and brown distribution stakeholders, SDS offers its customers the widest range of solutions for troubleshooting large and small household electrical appliances, accessories for TV reception and brown accessories.


Venture Round in 2015
Random42 is the global leader in providing scientific digital solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry with its award-winning medical animation, virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive solutions. Over its 27 year history, Random42 has worked with 24 of the top 25 pharma companies as well as numerous emerging biotech companies.