GCA Altium is now part of Houlihan Lokey

Transaction Details

February 1, 2008
London Sloane St


Consumer, Retail, E-commerce and Leisure

Deal Type


Deal Value


Equity financing for Bookatable from Balderton

Bringing together diners with 17,000 restaurants and 500 booking partners across Europe

Founded in 2006 with headquarters in London, Bookatable has built the world’s largest restaurant network, connecting diners with over 17,000 restaurants.

Whether you feel like having tea at The Ritz or entertaining your kids at Planet Hollywood, Bookatable allows you to quickly and easily reserve a table online.

The c. 17,000 restaurant members are able to receive real-time internet bookings from over 500 independent booking partners, including Time Out, lastminute.com, MSN, American Express and Ticketmaster – with a collective potential market of over 200 million diners.

GBP 6.5m raised from prominent VC firm Balderton Capital

GCA Altium acted as sole advisor to Bookatable on its GBP 6.5m fundraise. With the help of GCA Altium, the funding round managed to spark massive interest, with over 20 different venture capital in the running. In the end the pick fell on Balderton Capital, which took a significant minority stake in the Company through the investment.

Based in London, Balderton Capital is one of Europe’s largest venture capital organisations, with an investment strategy focused on finding and helping talented entrepreneurs build good companies.

Since 2000, Balderton has invested in over 70 companies across a wide range of technology sectors and geographies throughout Europe, and in the US and China, including companies such as Bebo, Codemasters and Setanta, as well as rival online bookings platform provider Open Table.

GCA Altium acted as sole advisor to Bookatable.

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