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Corporate Finance Faculty member organisations

The Corporate Finance Faculty’s professional network includes more than 6,000 members and more than 60 member organisations. This includes the global professional services groups, specialist advisory firms, companies, banks, private equity, venture capital, law firms, brokers, consultants, policy-makers and academic experts. More than 40 per cent of the faculty’s membership is from beyond ICAEW.

Corporate membership provides you with:

  • Representation by the most respected organisation of professionals involved in corporate finance
  • Opportunities to contribute to policy development and consultations with international organisations, governments, regulators and other professional bodies
  • Access to best-practice guidance and professional expertise, including the Corporate Finance Faculty’s authoritative, peer-reviewed technical bulletins and guidelines
  • Ten issues per year of the faculty’s influential, high-quality magazine Corporate Financier – in print, electronic and online – for all individuals in the corporate membership scheme
  • Enhanced reputation and profile amongst well over 6,000 members and contributors in business, investment and advisory firms
  • Participation in the faculty’s popular forums and seminars covering emerging issues in many areas of corporate finance
  • Invitation for your organisation’s senior professionals to the faculty’s exclusive and entertaining Annual Reception in the City of London
  • Beneficial corporate membership rates and online access to member-only resources

For more information, please feel very welcome to get in touch:

Martin McKendry, Head, Services & Client Relationships, T: +44(0)20 7920 8804, martin.mckendry@icaew.com 

 

Member firm profiles

3i

3i is an international investor focused on Private Equity, Infrastructure and Debt Management, investing in Europe, Asia and North America. Its competitive advantage comes from its international network and the strength and breadth of its business relationships. 

These underpin the value that 3i delivers to its portfolio, shareholders and fund investors.

ABN AMRO

ABN AMRO serves retail, private and commercial banking customers in the Netherlands and across the globe. Along with a comprehensive range of products and services, it offers in-depth financial expertise, extensive knowledge of numerous sectors and an international network supporting their customers’ domestic and international operations.

It aims to respond to the ever-changing market and, in doing so, its customers’ ever-changing needs. Customers want a bank that acts in the context of today’s realities and is straightforward with them at all times; a bank that learns from its experiences and whose top priority is to provide the best possible service.

Addleshaw Goddard

We try to be different. We try to be different by listening. We also try to be different by innovating - the FT thinks so in how we deliver our legal services, and we think both innovation and listening resulted in Value Dynamics which we created from more than 150 hours of conversation with General Counsel - it's a toolkit for in house counsel and we hope you find it useful.

We also try to be different through listening to different voices from diverse people so diversity is important to us as a business - please read about us.

And if you'd like to work here we'd like to hear from you - learn more about us through our careers section. We think we're good lawyers. We also think we're commercial - and sometimes those two attributes don't go hand in hand. We think we combine them well. We love what we do and, our clients tell us, we are fun to work with. Innovative, progressive, commercial, good lawyers.

Albion Ventures

Albion Ventures is one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK.

Managing approximately £230 million across eight Venture Capital Trusts with a portfolio of investments in approximately 60 unquoted companies. Albion seeks to develop long term relationships with its partners (entrepreneurs , advisers and investors) and is able to do this because all the Albion VCTs are evergreen and the team of nine investment partners have worked together for an average of ten years.

Albion Ventures LLP was created in January 2009 when it acquired the business of Close Ventures Limited from Close Brothers Group plc and is structured as a partnership formed by the former Close Ventures management team who have invested a significant amount in both Albion and the VCTs.

Albion invests between £1 million and £10 million of equity and/or debt to fund growth or MBOs.

American Appraisal

American Appraisal is the largest, full service, independent valuation consulting firm in the world. Established in 1896, they have more than 50 offices across the globe.

The UK operations are based in London with consultants in Manchester, Birmingham and the Thames Valley.

In addition to being the only independent practice in the UK to offer a depth and breadth of experience comparable to the specialist departments of the "Big 4" accounting firms, American Appraisal also provides valuations of tangible assets including plant and machinery and real estate. 

August Equity

August Equity focus on mid-market private equity investment in UK growth companies, valued at between £10m and £100m.

It has four specialist sectors: healthcare, media, specialist manufacturing, and technology.:

Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly is a leading independent firm of accountants and business advisers that specialises in providing an integrated range of services.

We provide our growing and established business clients with audit, accountancy, personal and corporate taxation, VAT, management consultancy, corporate finance, IT advisory and restructuring and recovery services. The firm has national coverage through its network of offices and is represented internationally through its independent membership of Baker Tilly International.

The firm has national coverage through its network of offices and is represented internationally through its independent membership of Baker Tilly International. Baker Tilly has over 2,000 members of staff and over 270 partners with offices in 29 UK locations.

Baker Tilly International is the 8th largest network in the world by combined fee income of its independent members. It is represented by 126 firms in 93 countries, with a global fee income of US$2.3bn and over 21,900 staff worldwide.

Baker Tilly has been named AIM accountant of the year four times in the last five years. Baker Tilly has acted on over 250 AIM transactions, advised 73 AIM admissions in the last two years and has over 150 AIM clients. 

BCMS

BCMS was established in 1989. Our mission – to establish ourselves as the UK market leader for selling privately owned companies for maximum value.

Although many companies market themselves as company disposal experts, our founding director, Dave Rebbettes, could immediately see a unique opportunity to offer private business owners a truly added value service. His vision, to deliver exceptional levels of personal service and professionalism underpinned by a system designed to achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Dave and his team developed a unique and proactive approach, which he successfully refined to create the BCMS 5 Step Process. In 2007, our refreshingly different approach was recognised by Coutts Bank, which awarded us the highly coveted ‘Best Family Business of the Year’ award.

A Global Reputation for Excellence

Dave Rebbettes is now recognised as a respected global authority within his field. On an annual basis he speaks at over 70 venues across Europe and the Unites States.

Today, BCMS employs over 200 staff across our UK offices, with an international presence spanning North America, Europe, Canada and Asia.

BDO

Whether buying, selling or growing your business, the chances are that you need corporate finance advice.

BDO's corporate finance team provides specialist advice on flotations, M&A, raising private equity, public company transactions and private finance initiatives.

Beer Mergers

Beer Mergers specialises in small business sales and acquisitions of up to £5m in value.

It is a truly independent firm, providing a full corporate advice service to the small-business market. Based in the South East it has a team of experienced consultants across the UK.

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Clients, including 12 of the world’s major banks and over 50 other Global Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 companies, rely on BLP’s lawyers for clear, pragmatic legal advice to help them achieve their commercial objectives. They benefit not just from our excellence in technical quality, but also from our close understanding of the business realities and imperatives they face.

Our achievements for clients are made possible by brilliant people. Prized for their legal talent and commercial focus, BLP lawyers are renowned for being personally committed to their client’s success. It’s a distinct quality and is the reason why - year in, year out - our client loyalty is 95%.

Our focus on helping clients to take advantage of opportunities, protect their interests and safely meet their business and project goals, has seen us act on legal projects touching 130 countries. BLP has a particular emphasis on global financial centres and fast growth or emerging markets, which we service via one of our ten international offices. Beyond geography, BLP have also made leaps in fresh thinking in client service delivery. We have won three FT Innovative Lawyer awards in five years and innovations such as Lawyers on Demand and Managed Legal Service have received global recognition.

With experience reaching across more than 70 legal disciplines and jurisdictions worldwide, you will get the expertise, business insight and value added thinking you need, wherever you need it.

    • Contact details
    • Faculty contact
    • David Collins
Better Capital

Better Capital provides consultancy services to the general partners of the Better Capital Funds. These services include both the provision of generic information and research and the identification of potential acquisition and disposal opportunities for consideration by the general partners (see below).

Mark Aldridge and Nick Sanders are the Managing Partners of the Consultant.

Better Capital is a Member of the BVCA, the CBI, the Corporate Finance faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Corporate Partner of the Institute for Turnaround and sponsors of Turnaround Management Association.

Bovil

We provide a full range of consultancy advice, reviews and compliance support services to firms who have been regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), now the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), and others, including entities seeking authorisation and firms and individuals who are uncertain about whether their activities need to be regulated.

We advise financial services clients small and large and have particular experience in helping firms whose regulated activities are secondary to their main business. We also advise firms in sectors which are not regulated but which nevertheless are affected by regulatory requirements, particularly relating to money laundering, financial crime, and eMoney.

Increasingly UK regulatory requirements are dictated at the European level and this requires us to keep a close eye on European developments. We follow the progress of the European financial services directives so that we can highlight potential issues to our clients well in advance. Many of our clients have international operations and we have strong links with a number of consultancies in other jurisdictions, particularly the US. This enables us to provide a joined up service that encompasses more than one regulatory regime.

BTG Corporate Finance

BTG Corporate Finance is recognised as one of the largest and most experienced Corporate Finance teams in the UK, with an outstanding reputation for deal origination and execution.

Our clients range from major international corporations and FTSE 100 companies to owner-managed businesses, management teams and many of the UK’s major financial institutions. Our objective is to consistently exceed our clients' expectations by delivering creative and effective solutions on all forms of corporate transactions.

Our track record for achieving successful completions for our clients in the £1 million to £100+ million mid-market is unparalleled. We have the depth of skills and expertise to deliver proactive, honest and creative advice to our clients and ultimately to make transactions happen, irrespective of complexity.

Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon is a leading UK law firm with one of the largest corporate finance teams in the UK, outside London. Acting on high-quality, high-value transactions, the team retains a market leading position across a number of sectors, including transport, energy, financial services, food & farming and leisure

By combining high quality expertise with commercial, client-orientated advice, the team regularly advises alongside magic circle firms and was recently described by the Chambers legal directory as offering "excellent quality advice on transactional and regulatory concerns.”

Burges Salmon’s UK and worldwide client portfolio includes a significant amount of multi-jurisdictional work, as evidenced by transactions for, amongst others, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A./Heineken N.V and GEO Specialty Chemicals Inc.

The firm boasts specialist expertise in M&A (both public and private), private equity, equity capital markets, corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and the formation of investment funds.

Head of Burges Salmon's private equity team, Richard Spink, commented: “Within the corporate finance community, the Faculty has an excellent reputation and is the natural place for us to further expand our relationships in the field. We look forward to sharing ideas and experience with our fellow member firms.”

Business Growth Fund

Business Growth Fund has been established to help Britain’s fast growing smaller and medium sized businesses.

Growth potential is the key criteria. BGF will invest between £2m and £10m per business in return for a minimum 10 per cent equity stake and a seat on the board for a BGF director. BGF will provide long-term equity investment for those growing companies that today do not have access to this source of capital.

As such BGF hopes to be a catalyst for growth among smaller UK companies. BGF is an independent company with capital of up to £2.5 billion, backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups - Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, and Standard Chartered, and managed completely autonomously with an independent management team.

Regional contact details

    • Aberdeen
    • +44 (0)845 600 3699
    • Birmingham
    • +44 (0)845 266 8862
    • Bristol
    • +44 (0)845 266 8864
    • Edinburgh
    • +44 (0)845 600 8863
    • Leeds
    • +44 (0)845 266 8861
    • London
    • +44 (0)845 266 8860
    • Manchester
    • +44 (0)845 266 8861
    • Twitter
    • @bgf_team
Caird Capital

Caird Capital manages a portfolio of c.40 private equity investments comprising UK based high quality and market leading companies.

Cass Business School

The Mergers and Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC) at Cass is a real breakthrough - the first time a major business school has established a focused centre for research into the global M&A industry.

At MARC, the academic excellence of Cass meets the expertise of M&A bankers, lawyers, consultants, accountants and other key players. With its proximity to the City of London, Cass is perfectly placed to maintain close contacts with many such professionals.

The result has been and is new, cutting-edge insights into the entire M&A field, from deal origination to completion, from financing to integration, from emerging markets to the boardrooms of the world's largest companies

Castle Corporate Finance

Castle advise owner managers on business development and structural change.

We are a multi-disciplinary team that delivers a personal and professional service to businesses across the UK and overseas.

Castle offers an entrepreneurial approach, individually tailored to the needs of each assignment. We have an honest, unambiguous attitude to business. Our overriding objective is to add value.

Our fees will be saved many times over as a result of our involvement. Initial discussions are always without obligation, commitment or charge.

Catalyst Corporate Finance

Catalyst Corporate Finance is one of the UK's leading mid-market corporate finance advisory firms.

It acts for a range of clients, including management teams, private companies and PLC's on buy-outs, company sales, acquisitions and fund raising for development capital. Typical transaction sizes are between £10m and £250m.

The firm has offices in Birmingham, Nottingham and London.

Cavendish Corporate Finance

Cavendish Corporate Finance specialises in selling businesses.

Its clients include private companies, financial institutions and fully listed public companies.

Its typical transaction falls broadly within the £10m to £100m value range.

Centric Commercial Finance

Centric Commercial Finance is an independent Financial Services Group, focused on delivering event-driven Invoice Discounting and Asset Based Lending transactions to companies with revenues of more than £1million.

The experience of our senior management team in structuring and delivering asset based lending and invoice discounting transactions sets Centric Commercial Finance apart.

Our one stop asset based lending solutions are ideally suited to businesses going through event driven change. Typically, our team competes against banks or large financial institutions where creativity, speed of decision-making and certainty of delivery make the Centric difference.

At the core of the Asset Based Finance facility is Invoice Discounting, which provides you with an immediate injection of cash and on-going working capital to create headroom for the business. Specific Loan to? Values are attributed to Stock, Plant & Machinery and Property to create a total funding programme. With Asset Based Finance, additional cash flow funding is available for those businesses with stronger EBITDA generation.

Corbett Keeling

Corbett Keeling is a corporate finance advisory business based in London. Led by Joint Chairmen, brothers Simon and Jim Keeling, the firm was formed in 1993. Corbett Keeling specialises in raising funds for management buy-out teams, debt restructuring and business sales.

It now comprises a team of 20 highly experienced corporate financiers including sector specialists focused on chemicals, healthcare, financial services, retail/leisure, consulting/business services, transport/logistics, property and engineering/technology.

"The faculty is an excellent resource for corporate financiers, looking after their common interests and being a great forum for generating new business."

Crowe Clark Whitehill

Crowe Clark Whitehill's corporate finance teams provide a comprehensive range of advisory services focused mainly on private equity for management buy-outs and buy-ins and development capital for organic growth and acquisitions.

We also provide advisory services for disposals and restructuring transactions.

Definitive Consulting

Established in 2002, award winning Definitive Consulting is one of the fastest growing Specialist Recruitment Consultancies in the UK.

In the last four years the business has seen turnover grow by an incredible 418%. In the last 12 months Definitive Consulting has seen income and turnover grow by 50% on the previous year as well as being accredited Investors in People status.

Definitive specialise in the provision of temporary, contract, interim and permanent staff for Accountancy, Finance and Legal Recruitment and fully understand that the right people make the biggest difference.

"The Faculty enables us to keep abreast of the latest developments in corporate finance; essential to our business when delivering top level professional services to our clients."

Darren James, Managing Director, Definitive Consulting - Specialist Recruitment

Deloitte

Deloitte's corporate finance team has more than 500 professionals throughout the UK, and offers a range of services for every stage of the deal cycle.

With sector specialists across a range of industries, their strength lies in 'real-time' knowledge of the market and potential purchasers, and established relationships with corporate and private equity players.

Dunedin Capital Partners

Dunedin Capital Partners provides equity finance for management buy-outs and management buy-ins with a transaction size of £10m to £50m.

It is an independent private equity house, operating throughout the UK from our offices in Edinburgh and London.

It invests in established companies that demonstrate a history of sales and profit growth, in a broad range of industry sectors.

ECI Partners

ECI Partners is one of the longest established private equity groups in the UK managing funds provided by major UK and international institutions.

ECI Partners typically invests in UK businesses valued at up to £100 million through buyouts, buy-ins and acquisition financings.

Equistone Partners

Equistone Partners Europe is an independent investment firm owned and managed by the former executives of Barclays Private Equity.

Our team of 33 investment professionals operates across France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK, investing as a strategic partner alongside management teams. In each of our markets we look for strategic businesses with the potential to grow in value assisted by our capital and our experience.

We have a strong focus on change of ownership deals and aim to invest between €25m and €125m of equity in businesses with enterprise values of between €50m and €300m.

Our business model involves each of our three country teams operating with a high degree of autonomy to source and manage investments, leveraging our European franchise but as true local participants. This is combined with a governance structure and investment committee that encompasses the whole firm, to ensure maximum alignment with our investors.

EY

EY Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) provides an integrated range of corporate finance services to support your transactions.

TAS delivers objective advice across the entire lifecycle of a transaction by combining technical specialists and industry experts to meet specific needs.

Francis Clark

The Corporate Finance team at Francis Clark provides a full range of lead advisory and transactional support services to businesses and funding organisations.

We have become a leading dealmaker due to:

  • Proactive management of the deal
  • Extensive experience of problems and issues that regularly occur in deals - and innovative solutions to them
  • Creative use of finance arrangements
  • Minimisation of tax liabilities using innovative approaches

Our dedicated team means a quick response and ability to devote extensive time to creating, managing and completing deals. Our primary role as dealmakers makes sure you have the best chance of completing the right deal for you. We specialise in MBOs and MBIs, equity and cashflow financing, acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and disposals.

"Our decision to join the Corporate Finance Faculty follows the award of the CF qualifications to two of our Corporate Finance partners, who were two of the first individuals to gain this recognition. We are delighted to join the Faculty and see this as a natural step in the development of our CF team, providing a network of similarly dedicated professionals."

Francis Clark Corporate Finance team members Mike Clark, Nick Woodmansey, Gordon Fox, Gavin Davey, Mark Greaves and Sean Grinsted.

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton Corporate Finance is a leading provider of lead advisory, transaction services and capital markets advice to mid-corporate businesses and their advisers on transactions in the £5m to £100m range.

A well-developed network of 34 UK offices, with regional centres of excellence providing corporate finance advice.

Faculty contact: Ian Smart, Office Managing Partner, National Leadership

Email: ian.v.smart@gtuk.com

Website: grant-thornton.co.uk

Haysmacintyre

Haysmacintyre's corporate finance unit offers high-quality transaction support services to entrepreneurial SMEs, including for IPOs, MBIs, MBOs, mergers and acquisitions.

Haysmacintyre also specialises in acting as reporting accountants to companies seeking admission to AIM or a full listing.

HM Treasury

Icon Corporate Finance

Icon exclusively acts for technology and IT service companies and represent clients from start-up to exit, raising venture capital, selling companies and advising on mergers, acquisitions & MBOs.

Active across all technology sectors, Icon provides a close, hands-on, pro-active service that guides the entrepreneur through every aspect of the transaction. The firm has offices in London and Bristol.

Investec

Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance works with entrepreneurs, management teams and private equity houses to provide finance of between £5 million and £30 million to UK mid-market companies.

Our flexible solutions cover the entire capital structure offering asset based and cash flow senior lending, mezzanine finance and minority equity on either a standalone or integrated basis.

We are a single, empowered and responsive team focussed on making deals happen and building strong relationships with our clients. Investec is an international, specialist banking group that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a select client base

James Cowper

"James Cowper is proud to be a part of the Faculty and is impressed by its proactive and positive approach to raising the profile of corporate financiers."

James Cowper works with ambitious management teams and entrepreneurs to maximise value during periods of corporate change.

We act as lead adviser on disposals, acquisitions, MBO's and fundraisings providing flexible expert advice and achieving consistently outstanding results.

With a wealth of transactional experience across many sectors and the ability to pull in sector experience, knowledge and technical expertise from across James Cowper, we are fresh thinking with a sharp eye for the broader picture.

We offer a global view to our clients through the Kreston International network and we actively target cross-border transactions.

JC Rathbone Associates

JC Rathbone Associates was founded in London in 1989 to provide companies and institutions with access to independent advice in managing their exposure to interest rate and foreign exchange exposures.

JC Rathbone Associates provides financial risk management services through the use of structured hedging strategies that enable clients to improve profitability and control exposure to financial market risk. We also provide innovative, impartial and independent debt financing advisory services which are individually tailored to the unique circumstances of each client and situation.

JLT

JLT is one of the world's largest providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. Our client proposition is built upon our deep specialist knowledge, client advocacy, tailored advice and service excellence. Together, we place our clients first, champion independent thinking and expect to be judged on the results we deliver.

JLT owns offices in 39 territories with some 9,000 employees, supported by the JLT International Network, enabling us to offer risk management and employee benefit solutions in 135 countries.

The Group was formed in February 1997 by the merger of Jardine Insurance Brokers and Lloyd Thompson Group. Lloyd Thompson was founded in 1981 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in October 1987.

The merger combined Lloyd Thompson's specialist skills in the London Market with Jardine Insurance Broker's international network which included a significant presence in the Asia Pacific region.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin is a leading European law firm, providing advice on the full range of corporate, M&A and private equity matters.

The firm has offices in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Belgium.

Kingston Smith

Kingston Smith and its associated FSA-regulated corporate finance business Devonshire Corporate Finance act for clients on both the full list, Aim and Ofex.

Kingston Smith also advises all types of businesses and their owners either institutionally or privately/family owned on their corporate strategy. The team have completed over 300 transactions and have experience across many sectors.

KPMG

KPMG is a leading international advisory firm of 1,600 professionals from 105 offices across 51 countries.

It provides objective advice on a full range of financial transactions undertaken by companies and governments worldwide.

It advises buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders and financial investors in a range of transactions including equity- and debt-raising, project and structured finance, private equity, acquisitions, mergers, takeovers, joint ventures and valuations.

Kroll Advisory Solutions

Kroll Advisory Solutions, the global leader in risk mitigation and response, delivers a wide range of solutions that span investigations, due diligence, compliance, cyber security and physical security. Clients partner with Kroll for the highest-value intelligence and insight to drive the most confident decisions about protecting their companies, assets and people. Kroll is recognized for its expertise, with 40 years of experience meeting the demands of dynamic businesses and their environments around the world. Headquartered in New York with offices in 29 cities across 17 countries, Kroll Advisory Solutions has a multidisciplinary team of 700 employees.

Linklaters

Linklaters has a large team of corporate finance lawyers who work with clients and other dealmakers on complex and strategic transactions in many jurisdictions from its global office network.

London-based corporate partner William Buckley said: “Delivering deals for clients means working as a team with them and their other advisers, and joining the faculty will enhance our ability to do so."

“As the economic landscape shifts in response to the recent financial crisis, we’re increasingly seeing the need for a global reach and to work alongside other advisers,” added Buckley, who has also worked in Linklaters’ Shanghai and New York offices.

Mazars

Mazars predominantly advises clients in the 'owner managed business' arena.

Its team offers a full range of corporate finance services including planning, advising on and implementing transactions such as disposals, acquisitions, raising finance and other related issues.

Media Asset Capital

MAC is a specialist media and technology consultancy, staffed by people who have worked at senior levels within broadcasters and technology companies, and have experienced the changes and challenges faced by companies in the Media & Entertainment industry first-hand.

As a result, we understand the unique creative, technical and business needs of our vibrant community that makes the Media and Entertainment industry different from other businesses. We talk your language and operate according to guidelines that respect and protect creative organisations. We don’t need to waste time learning the industry – we focus on learning about your specific business and delivering effective solutions.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

At MHA Maclntyre Hudson, we understand that entrepreneurs are driven by vision – and thrive on change. We know the importance of seizing the advantage in a constantly evolving environment. We appreciate the powerful forces that motivate both small & medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and larger enterprises chasing growth.

With roots in the owner managed business community, we have evolved advising the vital SME sector. Today we also provide a full range of services to larger enterprises with additional needs be they audit, governance, tax mitigation or corporate finance.

Our approach is always personal and in a changing world, our support is a constant – and enables our clients to achieve their goals. From the challenges of growing a business, to the complexities of incorporation and flotation, through compliance, taxation, acquisition or sale, MHA MacIntyre Hudson will help you to take the initiative. Our priority is to protect your interests, individually as well as in business; to make sure you get the best out of the world you create.

With sensitivity, understanding and inspiration, MHA MacIntyre Hudson will help you achieve your goals be they local, national or global.

MMC Ventures

MMC Ventures is an award winning fund manager that has been backing fast growing early stage companies since 2000.  We are active investors, working with entrepreneurs to create valuable companies.

We have over £110 million under management through both EIS Funds and traditional limited partnerships. We pre-clear EIS qualifying status with HMRC for each investee company before we invest and our funds, both EIS and non EIS, then co-invest on the same terms. This reinforces our fundamental approach of investing on the commercial merits of each transaction and not basing our decision on tax benefits.

We actively seek investment opportunities in high growth sectors where the UK is a world leader - financial services, business software, business services, digital media and e-commerce - and consequently a centre of innovation and experience.

MMC has a professional investment team of seven which sifts a proprietary deal flow of circa 1,000 business plans per annum to invest in 6-8 new companies and a similar amount of follow-on deals.

Our founders and team are aligned with our investors through significant personal financial commitment to all MMC deals.

Mobeus Equity Partners

Mobeus Equity Partners is a leading provider of finance to SMEs. We invest between £2 million and £10 million into UK based companies across all sectors.

Providing attractive and flexible funding packages that include equity and loan finance. We are very experienced investors who have a strong reputation for delivering on our promises and we know what it takes to get a deal done.

Moore Stephens

Founded in London in 1907. Today, the UK network has over 1,500 partners and staff.

Our philosophy has been to develop to cater for our clients' needs whenever required, but not to grow for the sake of size alone. Our growth has been organic and we have never been involved in a major merger. We are small enough to provide a personal service but large enough to have available specialist expertise in all areas.

Our internal structure, with a high ratio of partners to staff, enables clients to benefit from quick partner response, with fully briefed back-up partners and senior managers always available in the absence of the main partner contact.

The Moore Stephens International network is now one of the leading international accounting and consulting networks outside the Big 4, comprising 630 offices of member and correspondent firms in 98 countries worldwide, involving over 20,000 partners, principals and staff.

The aim of Moore Stephens' member firms is to provide comprehensive modern services to clients globally, through the development and maintenance of a cohesive association that operates to the same high standards of professionalism and value in each country.

Nestle

The Nestle vision is to be recognised and trusted as the leading food, nutrition, health and wellness company in the UK and Ireland delivering world class products for consumers and customers, and world class business performance for our shareholders. With 14 factories and 8,000 employees across the UK and Ireland our leading brands include: Kit Kat, Quality Street, Nescafe, Gold Blend, Dolce Gusto, Go Cat, Felix, Bakers, Cherrios, Shredded Wheat, SMA, Nespresso, Buxton, Herta and Carnation.

OMERS Private Equity

OMERS Private Equity has been making private equity investments for OMERS, one of Canada’s largest plans with in excess of $43 billion of assets, since 1987.

Today, they have close to $4 billion of investments globally. Being part of a pension fund gives greater flexibility to focus on investing in their businesses for long-term value creation rather than on near-term earnings.

Omers PE also has the ability to leverage the relationships of other investment entities and resources of OMERS which make investments in real estate, infrastructure assets, public equities and fixed income.

Pitmans

Pitmans are specialist corporate finance legal advisers that deliver international experience supporting those involved in raising capital to acquire, create, develop or grow businesses. Pitmans are the largest law firm in the Thames Valley with offices in London and Reading with leading Corporate, Commercial, Banking and Finance practice areas that deliver results.

Our team have long established and robust relationships with corporates, financial institutions and investors. We provide the full range of Corporate & Commercial work including M&A, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and fundraising. We have unique in-house experience with ex-banker Jim Meechan and full range of corporate teams advising on employment, property, pensions, intellectual property, dispute resolution and insolvency & restructuring. As a founding member of MI InterAct we have an international network and platform to assist our clients globally and regularly work with best of breed firms across the Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Asia and Africa.

Roger Gregory is a corporate lawyer with International experience specifically in the US and throughout Europe, specialising in M&A, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital transactions. He represents institutional investors and management teams in MBOs, MBIs, development capital and venture capital work. He has a particular interest in clean technology, food manufacturing and retail.

“Having served on the Technical Committee of the Corporate Finance Faculty for a number of years now, I am acutely aware of the excellent work carried out by the Faculty and of the extremely worthwhile networking opportunities available at their events. I am therefore delighted that Pitmans LLP has now joined the Faculty as a member."

Roger Gregory

PNC Business Capital

PNC Business Capital, a division of KBC Bank NV, specialises in providing Asset Based Lending solutions for Mergers & Acquisitions, MBO's & MBI's, Refinances, Turnarounds, Restructures and Growth.

Our target market is principally for UK corporations whose funding requirements start at £2 million.

Our funding facilities comprise a mixture of revolving accounts receivable and inventory facilities combined with plant & machinery, property, intangible asset, cash flow and quasi-private equity term loans.

We can integrate any funding solution with KBC's class leading corporate banking offering. Allowing a transaction to be completed with a 'one stop shop' ABL debt and banking structure. All provide by a single entity.

Our team of industry experts excel at delivering flexible, innovative and robust financial packages in line with key stakeholder expectations and are highly experienced in successfully completing transactions. 

    • Contact details
    • Faculty contact
    • Graham Barber, Business Development and Marketing Director
    • Telephone
    • +44 (0)207 634 4634
    • Mobile
    • +44(0) 7824 347693
Price Bailey

Price Bailey is a leading firm of chartered accountants and business advisers with seven offices throughout East Anglia, London and Guernsey serving local SMEs, private clients and regional, national and international businesses.

At Price Bailey we offer consultancy and planning skills to complement the traditional accounting, tax and financial services you expect from an accountancy firm.

The right advice for life... it's in our nature.

Punter Southall Transaction Services

Punter Southall Transaction Services is the specialist transactions consulting division within the leading actuarial firm Punter Southall.

We advise private equity houses, investment companies and other corporate entities on the acquisition, ongoing management and disposal of pension liabilities.

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"We joined the faculty as it is a forum that allows us to network with like-minded individuals as well as accessing market leading expertise"

PwC

PwC is a leading international adviser for M&A transactions between $50m and $500m.

The firm provides advice to both corporate clients and private equity houses on valuation, deal structuring and implementation for disposals, fund raising, IPOs, private equity and M&A deals, as well as project finance & public-private partnerships. 

Ricol Lasteyrie

Ricol Lasteyrie, is an independent financial advisory and corporate valuation firm. We support companies and investors in the analysis of issues relating to financial valuation, strategic change and financing strategy.

Ricol Lasteyrie is uniquely positioned in the market, with more than 25 years of highest-level experience at the crossroads of financial valuation and corporate finance.

"Our professional teams, whose backgrounds span the audit, investment banking, financial analysis and stock market regulatory sectors, are led by 15 partners who are actively involved in the execution of assignments. We are committed to building individualized, interactive and lasting client relationships".

Rutland Partners

Rutland Partners is a leading turnaround and restructuring investor focused on creating stability, strategic change and improved performance in UK companies requiring up to £50m of equity (enterprise value £20-200m).

Rutland undertakes all later stage transaction types across all sectors with the exception of Property, Hi-tech and Bio-tech investments. 

Saffery Champness Corporate Finance

Saffery Champness Corporate Finance provides independent advice across all areas of lead advisory and transaction support work, including M&A, buy-outs/buy-ins, fund raisings, listings (particularly on AIM and OFEX) and due diligence reporting.

Other areas of the firm's work includes share and business valuations and deal-based taxation advice. The firm has nine offices across the UK.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is an international law firm with offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle east and Asia.

We are widely acknowledged for both our sector specialisms in Financial Institutions, Technology Media and Telecommunications (TMT), Energy & Infrastructure and Life Sciences and our emphasis on excellent client service.

"We are delighted to be a member of a market-acknowledged thought leader in the corporate finance industry"

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm with a worldwide corporate and commercial practice.

The firm is a market leader for Corporate and M&A. It is the principal legal adviser for more companies fully listed on the London Stock Exchange than any of its competitors and advises more FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies than any other law firm.

The firm provides a client-focused international service through its close relationships with leading independent law firms around the world and has offices in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Beijing."

Faculty contact: William Underhill, Partner

Email: william.underhill@slaughterandmay.com

Website: slaughterandmay.com

Smith and Williamson

Smith & Williamson was founded in Glasgow in 1881 and has, for many years, combined an independent firm of accountants with an investment management and private banking house.

The firm we know today has evolved by exponential growth and has gained an enviable reputation as a leading financial services firm which offers a full and innovative range of services. Of note, the merger in 2002 with NCL (Securities) Limited - incorporating Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers, one of Northern Ireland's oldest and leading financial institutions - and in 2005 with Solomon Hare, one of the longest-established independent accounting and financial advisory firms in the UK, together with the acquisition in 2011 of the tax business of Begbies Traynor Group PLC, have contributed to the firm's growth and success.

Today, the enlarged firm employs around 1,500 people and operates from 12 principal offices in the UK and Ireland, providing accounting, investment management and financial advisory services to private clients, professional practices, mid-large corporates and non-profit organisations.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is an international law firm with a single minded approach: to help it's clients succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

The international corporate finance services offered by the firm are provided in France, Germany, Dubai, Singapore and China. The corporate finance expertise of the firm includes experience in handling securities issues both debt and equity and on all major global exchanges.

Taylor Wessing numbers around 900 lawyers working across 22 offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm provides an integrated service across a full range of practice areas with core strengths in corporate, commercial, finance, real estate, IP and private wealth.

With a clear focus on supporting the fast growing industries of tomorrow, the firm also divides its service offerings into industry sectors comprising financial institutions and corporate finance, technology, communication and brands, transport, life sciences and healthcare, real estate and infrastructure and energy and environment.

    • Contact details
    • Faculty contact
    • Tim Stocks, Head of Corporate Finance
    • Website
    • taylorwessing.com
Travers Smith

We have spent the past 150 years quietly building a reputation for excellence and efficiency at every level in our firm, focusing on battles worth winning for our clients rather than point scoring. 

We want our clients to enjoy working with us so we attract the very best lawyers with a refreshingly understated approach to work and a sense of humour too.  Combined with one of the highest staff retention rates in the City, this allows our clients to develop long-term relationships with consistent teams of exceptional lawyers who have a genuine in-depth understanding and interest in their businesses.

We are delighted that the quality of our client service has been recognised in the Legal Week Client Satisfaction Reports for 2010, 2011 and 2012, consistently ranking us as a leading City firm for client satisfaction.

UHY Hacker Young

UHY Hacker Young, a division of top-20 UK accountancy practice UHY Hacker Young, advises on strategic business decisions, selling businesses, raising finance, going public, due diligence and M&A.

It is a corporate advisor for Ofex and works closely with a number of AIM nominated advisors and brokers. It advises businesses across a number of sectors, in particular communications, leisure and recruitment.

    • Contact details
    • Faculty contact
    • Laurence Sacker, Partner
    • Website
    • uhy-uk.com
WSP

WSP’s environment and energy consultants work across many sectors to help companies to manage environmental, sustainability, energy, flood risk and climate-change issues – to reduce risk, optimise opportunities, and create competitive advantage for their clients.

WSP’s 15,000 employees, operating from 35 countries, have supported clients including Barclays Capital, BMW, Emerson, Freshfields and Goldman Sachs. They have advised on transactions including the $1.3bn acquisition of DJO Inc by Blackstone and the €1.5bn sale of AB-Inbev’s Central & Eastern European brewing business.

Environmental risk and liability is often the focus of corporate environmental due diligence. But, reflecting the increasing importance of sustainability as an issue, WSP is working with investors and advisers to integrate environment and social governance into transactions – rather than them being a barrier to business.
WSP has won the Acquisitions Monthly ‘Environmental Advisor of the Year’ award three times in five years

    • Contact details
    • Faculty contact
    • Peter Lane,  Head of Transaction Services
    • Website
    • wspgroup.com