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VIA equity has invested in eSmiley

With eSmiley’s attractive market position and VIA equity’s track record of supporting niche technology companies, eSmiley is fueled to accelerate growth and increase its international footprint. Management shareholders are reinvesting into the new ownership structure. VIA equity’s investment in eSmiley is a strong fit with its investment focus, offering great potential to build an international niche market leader.

Headquartered in Denmark and founded in 2008, eSmiley is a Nordic market-leading supplier of digital self-monitoring SaaS solutions within food safety compliance for professional kitchens. The product range also includes a solution to reduce food waste. eSmiley has developed a proprietary subscription-based SaaS concept and has more than 6,000 customers including hotels, restaurants, canteen operators, food production facilities as well as public institutions. The company operates out of offices in Denmark and Norway, with its solutions operational in more than 15 countries.

Headquartered in Denmark and founded in 2006, VIA equity is a leading Northern European multi-stage private equity firm. The core investment focus is on specialized technology and service companies with headquarters in Northern Europe. VIA equity has a total of more than €400 million (US$472 million) under management and eSmiley is the first investment from its fourth fund.

Oaklins’ team in Denmark acted as financial advisor to eSmiley in this transaction.

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“With Oaklins on board, it was like having our own SWAT team to lead every aspect of the transaction from initial preparation to final negotiations. Oaklins allowed us to focus on running the business, while ensuring an attractive deal for the shareholders and a strong platform to support the company’s growth – we are extremely pleased with the outcome.”

Lars Friis

Owner and CEO, eSmiley

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 Daniel  Sand

Daniel Sand

Partner
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oaklins Denmark
 Mads  Thomsen

Mads Thomsen

Director
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oaklins Denmark
 Mikkel  Ulstrup

Mikkel Ulstrup

Associate Director
Copenhagen, Denmark
Oaklins Denmark

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