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21st January 2020

Financial Adviser finding platform Unbiased secures £5.6m from YFM

Funds advised by YFM Equity Partners have backed a £5.6m investment into Unbiased EC1 Limited to support the continued growth of the team and its financial advice marketplace. YFM’s investment comes from its two advised VCTs, British Smaller Companies VCT plc and British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc, alongside YFM Equity Partners Growth II LP.

Unbiased is the leading online platform for connecting millions of people to the trusted financial specialists across Financial Adviser, Mortgage Broker and Accountancy markets.

20th January 2020

AIC appoints new board members

The membership of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has elected Gay Collins and Francesca Ecsery to the board of the AIC.

13th January 2020

$200m investment to globalise corporate sustainability

GP Bullhound, a leading technology advisory and investment firm, has acted as financial exclusive advisor to EcoVadis on a USD200M growth investment from CVC Growth Partners – the  largest transaction in the ESG space, and the largest equity fundraising in France in Enterprise Software to date.

3rd December 2019

NatWest and Moneypenny join forces to support UK small businesses

NatWest is partnering with Moneypenny, the world’s largest and highest rated outsourced communications provider, to bring the 900 entrepreneurs it supports through its Accelerators exclusive access to tools and advice that will help them to grow and develop their businesses.

26th November 2019

Castle Corporate Finance scaling new heights

Independently owned corporate finance adviser, Castle Corporate Finance, is a proud sponsor of the Scale-Up category at the Lloyds National Business Awards. 

25th November 2019

Ex-Stanhope trio launch Eighteen48 Partners with $600m

Co-founders Julien Sevaux and Tarek AbuZayyad have launched Eighteen48 Partners, a research-led private investment office addressing the needs of professional investors, sophisticated families and institutions. 

The new firm has already secured over $600m in assets under management from its founders and a group of prominent strategic investors, many of whom are shareholders, clients and advisors of the firm.  As advisors they provide specific asset class, industry and geographic expertise and contribute directly to the sourcing and evaluation of investment opportunities.  John Singer, former Managing Partner of private equity firm Advent International, is representing strategic shareholders on the Eighteen48 board.

22nd November 2019

Startup Funding Club leads £250k seed round for Ember

Startup Funding Club has led a £250,000 seed round into fintech company Ember. The accounting software startup strives to make business simpler for contractors and SMEs by automating the entirety of the business administration and tax process.

Ember believes in an economy powered by small business and is creating a future where independent workers and companies can thrive without the need for an accountant. Its software helps businesses manage their financial obligations by automating the entire accounting process from bank transaction through to tax submission. Ember allows its users to see all the relevant numbers in one central feed – and even replaces technical terms for language that is easy to understand.

21st November 2019

Capitolis secures $40 million in financing from Spark Capital and SVB Capital

Capitolis, the innovative FinTech company reimagining and reshaping how the global capital markets operate, has announced the successful completion of its Series B round of $40 million, led by Spark Capital and SVB Capital. Existing investors, Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital and S Capital also participated in the round, bringing the total capital raised to date to $70 million. The investment will support Capitolis’ next phase of rapid growth, including the expansion of its technology platform, functionality and product offering. 

18th November 2019

Secondary investment activity is on course for a record year, says Unigestion report
Paul Newsome, Head of Investment Solutions - Private Equity at Unigestion offers his market insights into the secondary market.

Continuing the downward trend seen in the first half of 2019, global investment activity in the private equity market was again lower in Q3 compared to the same quarter a year ago. Similarly, after a strong second quarter, global exit activity recorded a sharp fall in Q3. However, investors in private equity funds are seemingly unperturbed by market events. Fundraising recorded its largest third quarter total in the last five years, with the large end of the market particularly strong.

18th November 2019

Envestors company Ebury sells a majority stake to Santander for £350m

Envestors has announced that the banking giant Santander has acquired a 50.1% controlling stake in Ebury for £350m. This has provided several members of the Envestors private network huge returns on their original investments and placed Ebury firmly on the path to becoming the first Envestors unicorn portfolio company.

7th November 2019

Santander buys majority stake in UK fintech Ebury

Santander has bought a majority stake in UK-based Fintech company Ebury for £350m. The bank now holds 50.1 percent in Ebury, a trade and foreign exchange facilitator for small and medium-sized companies. The Angel CoFund first invested in Ebury in its seed round in 2012 and has invested £1.3m in total across four funding rounds. The firm retains a shareholding of Ebury.

5th November 2019

UK finance experts remain optimistic despite uncertainty surrounding Brexit says report

New data from leading global insights platform, Atheneum, has revealed that only one in four (25 percent) global finance experts expect consumer confidence in their countries to improve over the next six months, with UK experts highlighting the continuing uncertainty around Brexit as a key factor.

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