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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. 

19th February 2019

Is the UK stockpiling ahead of Brexit?

Graham Bishop, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management comments on whether the UK is stockpiling ahead of Brexit. 

15th February 2019

Praetura secures £75m lending facility from NatWest Markets

Praetura Asset Finance Group (PAF Group), an asset finance lender based in Manchester, today announces it has closed a £75m securitisation facility with NatWest Markets. The rated facility will allow PAF Group to expand its origination capacity, enabling growth in its loan book to provide up to £200m to SMEs across the UK.

14th February 2019

Maven and NVM put £3.25m into Mojo Mortgages

Maven Capital Partners and NVM Private Equity have completed a £3.25 million equity investment in UK fintech start-up Mojo Mortgage, which aims to create a better mortgage experience by providing a full market comparison of mortgage providers and managing the process via a sophisticated technology platform from mortgage application to completion.

The investment, which has been equally funded by Maven and NVM, is part of a wider £7 million funding round, will support Mojo’s ambitious growth plans and help the Company further evolve its unique and intuitive platform to enable a more empowering experience for consumers looking for a new mortgage or associated insurance products such as income protection.

12th February 2019

Guernsey reaches highest-ever levels of private equity business

The value of private equity business in Guernsey reached its highest-ever level the end of September 2018, according to the latest fund statistics from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

 

11th February 2019

Development Bank of Wales secures £10m from Clwyd Pension Fund

The Clwyd Pension Fund has confirmed a £10 million equity investment in the £25 million Wales Management Succession Fund. This is the first time an institutional equity investor has backed a fund managed by the Development Bank of Wales or its predecessor Finance Wales. 

The Wales Management Succession Fund was first launched in 2016 by Welsh Government with an initial £10 million investment alongside £5 million of legacy funding. The fund provides ambitious Welsh business owners and management teams with the funding they need to buy established Welsh small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) when their current owners retire or sell. Equity investments of between £500,000 and £3 million are available.

8th February 2019

Goji demonstrates IF ISA benefits as it brings  25 direct managers on board its platform

Goji, the specialist direct lending investment manager and platform, has launched its 25th platform technology client, enabling 25 direct lending investment managers to offer financial products, such as the IF ISA to retail investors.

Five of these managers were added just this month, including Earthworm, Dot Fund, Route Finance, Growth Capital Ventures and Bird Box Bonds and there are at least ten more who are looking to launch using Goji’s technology by the end of the tax year. These new firms are in addition to Goji’s existing client base who include the likes of Downing, Landbay and Assetz Capital.

6th February 2019

The Deal 2018: Bad news but with silver linings?

Beauhurst's latest edition of The Deal 2018 shows that deal numbers dropped from 1,744 in 2017 to 1,572 in 2018, and amount invested fell from £8.6b to £7b respectively. But this figure is still well up on previous years, and the decline could be interpreted as a "correction" from the unprecedented levels seen in 2017.

Despite the overall downturn, crowdfunding platforms continue to grow with a record year in terms of deal numbers. 

Download the report here 

22nd January 2019

Edison Investment Research outlook for 2019

Alastair George, Chief Investment Strategist at Edison Investment Research discusses his outlook for 2019 in the attached strategy note.

21st January 2019

PIMFA comment on Government’s heavy defeat on Brexit Withdrawal Motion

Following the heavy Government defeat on the Brexit withdrawal motion, PIMFA, the trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector, re-emphasises the requirement for legislators and Government executives to keep uppermost the interests of individuals and families as they develop alternative proposals for parliamentarians to consider in the days ahead.  The private clients of PIMFA member firms, who come from all parts of society and not just the wealthy sector, have around £1.5 trillion of personal investment and savings, including pensions, under advice or management by these firms and preservation of the value of their personal assets, so they benefit rather than suffer from decisions about the UK’s relationship with its EU partners, is a paramount concern.

18th January 2019

50% of PE firms say tech innovation offers biggest value in financial services

Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment, interviewed private equity professionals across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia to identify the value-add delivered by new technologies now and in the future.

  • Over half (53%) of respondents to the survey believe financial services creates the most potential for value creation through technological innovation, ahead of healthcare (18%), consumer (8%), energy (8%), industrials (8%) and TMT (5%).
  • More than half (51%) identified the biggest technology risk when assessing target companies as cybersecurity or data breaches
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