CERES provides M & A advisory services to growth companies employing photonics to serve a wide range of markets

Sell Side M & A Advisory

Technology businesses face market and technological uncertainty in complex ecosystems. Engage CERES’ broad network and strategic insight on the sell side to realize maximum value.

Buy Side M & A Advisory

Great companies are scarce. There is an abundance of investment capital.  M & A sales processes are competitive. Partner with CERES on the buy side for clarity of strategic direction and speed to action.

Business Valuation

CERES is highly specialized in valuation of businesses with core photonics technology. Whether privately or publicly owned, be smarter and better prepared for sale or acquisition with CERES on valuation.

Recent Articles


Linda Smith Honored as Fellow of SPIE

CERES announces the promotion of Linda Smith to Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.  SPIE confers the grade of Fellow on a member who has become distinguished through outstanding technical accomplishments and entrepreneurial contributions to optics and photonics.

Foreign Investment in US Photonics Technologies

Foreign Investment in US Photonics Technologies

Significant changes to Committee for Foreign Investment in US (CFIUS) review process expand its jurisdiction to new types of transactions and change the timeline and procedures for seeking approval for a transaction from CFIUS.

2018 Mergers & Acquisitions – Photonics

Buyers address the challenges of slower growth, an abundance of investment capital, advances in digital technologies and government intervention with M & A.  In addition to consolidation and scaling manufacturing operations in Asia, buyers are acquiring companies employing photonics technologies to open new markets, enhance capabilities and implement new business models.

Linda Smith, President of CERES, joins the OSA Foundation Board

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that Linda Smith, President of CERES Technology Advisors, Inc has joined The OSA Foundation (OSAF) Board of Directors.

CERES Advises nPoint on Sale to Motion Solutions

CERES Technology Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of nPoint, Inc. to Motion Solutions. nPoint designs, manufactures and supplies piezo-driven stages and scanners, nanopositioning control electronics and software to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) and end-users worldwide. Its proprietary flexure-guided technology is at the core of all products.

2019 Mergers & Acquisitions in Photonics

In the worldwide photonics industry, 2019 was another record year for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in terms of both deal value and deal volume. However, M&A activity for pure-play photonics companies was down from recent years. Strategic buyers continued to dominate M&A, but financial buyers took an increasing role.

OSA Foundation Board Meeting

October 21, 2020

Tuscon, AZ

OSAFoundation

EY Strategic Growth Forum

November 13, 2020 - November 17, 2020

Palm Springs, CA

Ernst & Young Entreprenurial Winning Women

Luminate Investor Summit and Awards Ceremony

June 22, 2021 - June 24, 2021

Jazz Fest - Rochester, NY

Luminate