Arma Partners advises Catawiki on $185 million investment led by Permira

Arma Partners is pleased to announce that it has acted as exclusive financial advisor to Catawiki on a $185 million investment led by Permira through its Growth Opportunities Fund, with participation from existing investor Accel.

Founded in 2008 in the Netherlands, Catawiki has grown into the most-visited curated marketplace for special objects in Europe, providing a safe and reliable experience to over 10 million passionate users. Every object is carefully selected by one of its 240+ in-house experts who are specialised in collectables, art, design, jewellery, watches, classic cars and more. Its unique business model has earned a strong vote of confidence from its users, enabling the company to earn over 80% of its revenue from returning buyers and sellers.

The new funding will allow Catawiki to grow its user base by investing in technology, marketing and hiring more experts across Europe. The funding will also provide liquidity for a number of early investors and employees.

The transaction underlines Arma Partners’ position as a market-leading advisor on private capital funding mandates to clients through its Private Capital practice, utilising its strong connectivity across the full breadth of relevant investor categories globally. The transaction showcases our expertise in late stage growth capital and Pre-IPO rounds, and further highlights Arma Partners’ deep sector knowledge of digital marketplaces and excellent footprint in the Benelux region.