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18th April 2019

Astarte Capital Partners announces a new £400m real estate fund

Astarte Capital Partners has established a £400m investment platform with a focus on transforming prime infill and edge-of-prime real estate into institutional-quality “future core” assets, predominantly across Greater London.

This new platform will initially create a closed-end structure of £400 million, deployed across 8-10 investment opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, healthcare and education sectors that have the potential to be developed and/or re-positioned as core real estate assets. Astarte Special Opportunities Platform (ASOP), the firm’s discretionary co-investment vehicle, is leading the investment in the new platform and providing the model for its structure.

15th April 2019

BEX Capital raises $365 million for fund-of-funds secondaries

BEX Capital, the first investment firm focused exclusively on fund-of-funds (FoF) secondaries, has announced the close of BEX Fund III, with total commitments of $365 million. 

5th April 2019

Silicon Valley Bank appoints Erin Platts as Head of EMEA and President of UK Branch

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative businesses, enterprises and their investors, has appointed Erin Platts as Head of EMEA and President of Silicon Valley Bank’s UK Branch.

Platts’ appointment was approved by the FCA today. She replaces Phil Cox, who has taken the Chief Operating Officer role with the parent company, SVB Financial Group, at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Simon Bumfrey will take over Platt’s previous role, Head of Relationship Banking, Europe. 

4th April 2019

Acre secures £5m from Aviva and Sesame Bankhall Group

Acre, the next-generation mortgage, protection and general insurance platform, has announced an exclusive arrangement with Sesame Bankhall Group (SBG), one of the UK’s largest distributors of financial advice, coupled with a £5 million investment from Aviva and SBG. The deal will help transform the way mortgage and protection advisers process business and service their clients.

4th April 2019

Intertrust strengthens global fund services platform

Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment has strengthened its fund servicing platform in Ireland with the launch of a new fund administration business. 

29th March 2019

Bowmark Capital completes take-private of Tax Systems Plc

Bowmark Capital, the mid-market private equity firm, has completed the take-private of AIM-listed Tax Systems Plc, the leading provider of corporation tax software and services in the UK and Ireland.  The transaction values Tax Systems at £114 million. 

20th March 2019

Praetura Ventures is raising its first EIS fund to bridge funding gap in the North West

Praetura Ventures is raising money for its first Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund, as part of its mission to bridge the estimated £300m venture capital funding gap for scaling businesses in the North West of England. The company plans to raise £15m of EIS capital to fund around eight to 10 early-stage companies in the region.

19th March 2019

Angel CoFund comments on the Chancellor's Spring Statement

Tim Mills, Management Director of the Angel CoFund has made the following comments on the Chancellor's Spring Statement and its focus on science and technology.

19th March 2019

Bowmark Capital backs buy-out of Pirum from Five Arrows

Bowmark Capital is backing the buy-out of Pirum Systems, the leading provider of post-trade market infrastructure technology for the global securities finance industry, from Five Arrows Principal Investments.  The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to complete in April 2019.

1st March 2019

deVere CEO acquires UAE wealth adviser, Credence International

deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations, has acquired Credence International, a UAE-based wealth management and advisory company.

22nd February 2019

Albemarle Street Partners in merger to deliver enhanced service

Albemarle Street Partners (ASP), the specialist advice and investment management consultancy for advisers, has announced a merger which will allow it to benefit from greater investment research and portfolio management expertise, delivering an enhanced service to its clients.

21st February 2019

ClearlySo makes new board appointments as it prepares for growth


ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, has announced that it has appointed Gillian Wilmot as chairman. 

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