Decawave wins deal of the year at ‘Irish Times’ awards

Company was acquired by Qorvo in $400m deal


Irish chipmaker Decawave has won the award for Deal of the Year at The Irish Times Business Awards at a virtual ceremony held on Thursday afternoon in association with KPMG.

The company’s staff shared in a €54 million payout after US-based Apple supplier Qorvo acquired it for $400 million in late January.

The acquisition is believed to be one of the largest – if not the largest – exit by an Irish technology company to date.

Employees shared a stake of about 15 per cent in the business through an employee stock ownership plan.

“I’m extremely honoured to receive this Irish Times award. I accept it on behalf of myself and my co-founder Michael McLaughlin and Enterprise Ireland,” said Decawave co-founder Ciaran Connell.

“This technology was always going to be a big boys game, we’ve taken it this far, it now needs to be carried forward by a big organisation, which Qorvo is so we’re extremely pleased to win this award.”

A large group of angel investors, who put money into the business at an early stage, were also among the winners. The 246 individuals held a stake of up to 56 per cent in the business through nominee accounts.

The other nominees for deal of the year were Pointy, which was sold to Google, and the €1.34 billion sale of offices and warehousing group Green Reit to Henderson Park.

Other awards being distributed at the awards ceremony on Thursday include Businessperson of the Year, Company of the Year, Local Enterprise of the Year and Distinguished Leader in Business.

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