Mark Tyndall and Alex McCann advised Probe Test Solutions $30m capital raise

Mark Tyndall and Alex McCann advised Probe Test Solutions $30m capital raise
October 2022
Probe Test Solutions raises $30m from Tikehau Capital



Glasgow, Scotland, October 5, 2022: Probe Test Solutions Ltd (PTSL), an established high growth company and a world-leader in delivering advanced ATE test hardware solutions, today announces the closing of a $30m investment from Tikehau Capital. Additionally, four semiconductor industry executives, Jalal Bagherli, Mark Tyndall, Alex McCann, and Jacky McNulty, together with Corinne Philipps from Tikehau Capital, are joining the board, with Jalal Bagherli appointed as chairman.

Tikehau Capital’s $30 million investment is made via its pan-European growth impact private equity strategy. The strategy’s investment philosophy is focused on providing partnership capital to high growth, purpose-led companies that are critical to the resilience of the European economy. Through this partnership, Tikehau Capital will provide PTSL with the operational and strategic support needed to accelerate further international expansion, including appropriate acquisitions in the ongoing consolidation of the semiconductor market.

“This financial investment will enable PTSL to accelerate its innovative advanced technology roadmap, positioning the company ahead of ATE industry trends and strengthening our ability to make significant Capex investments to support our planned growth,” comments Jordan Mackellar, CEO PTSL.

He adds, “Having worked very closely with Jalal, Mark, Alex, and Jacky for some months to refine our strategic path forward, including raising this investment, I am proud to now have them as board members together with Corinne from Tikehau Capital. This board complements the strong PTSL management and the relentlessly determined wider PTSL team.”

“We are delighted to partner with PTSL as it embarks on its next chapter of growth. The company’s differentiated business model has enabled it to carve out a solid position in a rapidly growing market. We look forward to working with Jordan, the wider PTSL team and the rest of the Board, leveraging our expertise and presence in key global markets to accelerate its international expansion and to help them execute their transition to being an industry benchmark on sustainability,” declared Corinne Philipps.


Jalal Bagherli comments, “PTSL is an opportunity that comes along ever so rarely. It has an incredibly talented team in Scotland who are determined to continue their growth and market share gains in the ATE industry while creating job opportunities in Scotland with an expanding workforce. Furthermore, I am grateful to Jordan for electing me as their chairman and I look forward to supporting their strategy together with this new team of directors.”


  • Jalal Bagherli was most recently CEO of the power management specialist Dialog Semiconductor, leading the company over 16 years before the sale of the company to Renesas Electronics. He currently serves as Chairman of Fortescue Future Industries’ backed Williams Advanced Engineering.


  • Corinne Philipps, Executive Director and Head of UK Private Equity at Tikehau Capital, led the investment into PTSL. Corinne has over 20 years’ experience in UK private equity, initially at Duke Street and since 2018, at Tikehau Capital. Corinne has held a number of board positions across sectors during this time, as well as providing operational and strategic advisory services to portfolio companies. She currently holds board director positions at Medtrade Products and Up and Co.


  • Alexander McCann, Semiconductor Partner at Alexa Capital and President of Fortan Advisors, was the former COO and member of the executive leadership team at Linear Technology Corp and was on the executive leadership team at Dialog Semiconductor.


  • Mark Tyndall, Semiconductor Partner at Alexa Capital with former senior leadership roles at Dialog Semiconductor, MIPS and Infineon Technologies. Additionally, Mark is currently holding strategic advisory roles at companies including Indie Semiconductor and Azoteq (Pty).


  • Jacky McNulty was Senior Vice President/Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Global Real Estate for NXP Semiconductors. Earlier in her career, Jacky held management roles in Motorola Semiconductors, Chartered Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices and GlobalFoundries. She currently serves on the board of several startup companies.

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