Bow River recaps Ocean Tomo

Bow River Capital has recapitalized Chicago-based Ocean Tomo, an intellectual capital merchant bank.

Bow River Capital has recapitalized Chicago-based Ocean Tomo, an intellectual capital merchant bank. No financial terms were disclosed.


Ocean Tomo, LLC, the intellectual capital merchant banc™ firm is pleased to announce a recapitalization by Bow River Capital 2017 Fund, expanding the firm’s offering from “IP-only” to “IP-driven” to further address a broad range of technology valuation and investment banking matters as well as pursue select key hires and follow-on acquisitions. As part of the transaction, Ocean Tomo’s existing equity owners retain a meaningful ownership stake in the Company and will continue to lead the organization on a go-forward basis.

James E. Malackowski, CEO of Ocean Tomo said: “Ocean Tomo has developed its relationship with Bow River over more than four years, allowing us to immediately begin executing on our shared vision. The partnership with Bow River supports continued scaling of our current offering and positions us to better compete with traditional investment banking firms. Of note in this market, we are now focused on assisting clients to value and deploy their intellectual property and other intangible assets to access capital and execute needed corporate restructuring.”

Leveraging the unique role of intellectual property in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing, Ocean Tomo’s years of experience assisting with distressed valuations as well as the allocation of sales proceeds in bankruptcy, the firm has created a Restructuring Resource Center. Ocean Tomo’s valuation work across a wide spectrum of intellectual property and intangible assets in restructurings, bankruptcies and post-bankruptcy allocations includes the Nortel bankruptcy EMEA debtors, private equity-backed Cengage Learning copyrights in their Chapter 11 financial restructuring and the secured senior lender during the Fisker bankruptcy, and many others.

Prior to the Bow River investment, Ocean Tomo announced the formation of the firm’s COVID Risk & Resiliency Center, led by Managing Director Manish Das. The Center seeks to assist clients in addressing COVID-19 risk and resiliency measures impacting intangible asset valuations.

About Ocean Tomo
Ocean Tomo, the Intellectual Capital Merchant Banc™ firm, provides companies with financial services related to intellectual property and intangible assets including financial expert testimony, intellectual property and complex financial instrument valuation, strategy consulting, risk & regulatory compliance, patent analytics, investment advisory, innovation management consulting and transaction brokerage.

Our Opinion, Management, and Advisory Services are built upon more than three decades of experience valuating intellectual property in the most rigorous of venues – State, Federal and international courts. Our financial, market and technical experts provide a unique understanding of the contributory value of proprietary innovation. This is the cornerstone of our business. This insight permeates every practice and client engagement.

Collectively, Ocean Tomo professionals have completed over 1000 engagements involving IP worth in excess of $10 billion including over 300 valuation and 500 financial damages expert testimony engagements.