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5 Things to Look for in Your Corporate Finance Advisor

You have limited experience of capital raising so you need a corporate finance advisor, but then you have little experience of corporate finance advisors, so how do you know if they’re any good? We provide some top tips for aspiring business looking to go beyond their accountant or local business advisor when embarking on ...

Direct Lending: the new force in corporate finance

The post-crisis bank retrenchment strangled the supply of traditional sources of finance for Europe’s corporate base. In its place, a range of alternative finance providers have flourished. For loans of less than £1mn, new peer-to-peer (P2P) and asset-backed lenders now provide a cheap source of company debt. For loans greater than £200mn, corporate behemoths ...

Is this right for my business?

The private debt market is fundamentally changing the way European corporates raise debt finance. According to industry reports, direct private financing of independent, growing mid-sized companies runs at 300-400 transactions annually (Standard & Poors LCD data service). This is just the tip of the iceberg as tracking deals with smaller companies with a turnover below ...

SME: the rise of private capital

There has been a sea change in European debt markets over the last 3 years and yet the radical restructuring in corporate finance has gone largely unnoticed by mid-sized businesses. Private debt and capital provided by non-bank fund managers is fast becoming a mainstream alternative to bank lending for European borrowers. Backed by some of ...

What is ‘Direct Lending’

Direct lending is the provision of private credit directly to small and middle market companies (SMEs) for the purpose of growth or acquisitions.

With banks reducing their supply of loans, new sources of finance have developed. For the smaller loan sizes, peer-to-peer (P2P) and new asset-backed providers have come to play a useful role. Banks ...