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Maven Capital Partners makes new appointments to investment team to manage £50m debt fund for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Investment managers will support growth SMEs across the West Midlands, as part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has appointed Andy Povey and Raj Minhas as Investment Managers to help manage...

Maven Capital Partners opens Nottingham office to manage £40m debt fund for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund

Investment team will support growth SMEs across the East and South-East Midlands, as part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), supported by the European Regional Development Fund.Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has opened its eleventh regional office in Nottingham city centre...

Morgan Lewis Adds Finance Partner and Of Counsel to London International Finance Team

Morgan Lewis continues its expansion in London, announcing today that it will welcome finance lawyer Georgia M. Quenby as a partner. She will be joined at Morgan Lewis by finance of counsel Victoria Thompson. Ms. Quenby and Ms. Thompson represent financial institutions and investors in a wide range of matters with a focus on cross-border transactions....

Creating Value and Exit Planning - 5 top tips for search firms

There is no doubt that the executive search sector is one of the most entrepreneurial industries in the country – if not the world. However, many still fail to deliver significant turnover and value in line with the owners’ vision.  That’s the view of Tim Connolly, founder of ALC, a human capital consultancy, dedicated to the executive search...

Foresight appoints Stephan Gueorguiev as Senior Investment Manager

Foresight Group (“Foresight”), a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Gueorguiev to the Private Equity team. Stephan joins Foresight as a Senior Investment Manager, with over nine years of investment experience across Venture Capital and Private Equity having...

Legal

67% of law firms say skills shortages threaten growth

Despite the ongoing environment of geopolitical uncertainty, UK law firms remain optimistic about their growth prospects. That’s according to new research from specialist recruiter, Clayton Legal , which reveals that 66% of firms are looking to increase headcount over the next twelve months to contend with increased demand for their services. The...

Seedrs launches programme for financial intermediaries following record breaking Q3

The programme introduces wealthy individuals to early stage equity deals on Seedrs via their accountants, brokers and financial consultantsOver £3.6bn was invested into equity deals in the UK last year showing an increased appetite for startup investing45% of angels interviewed by the UKBAA about their early stage equity investments reported...

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

Deals

Western Europe M&A Review, January 2018

Western European M&A at new 12-month-lowPE and VC value supported by PAI Partners Zephyr reports on Western European M&A and private equity activity in January 2018 The value of Western European mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in January 2018 fell to a new 12-month-low, according to information collected by the leading M&A database Zephyr. In all,...

Maven Capital partners investment sees launch of innovative new app

honcho raises £850K investment after successful crowdfunding campaign     Original £650K target exceeded by almost a third    App designed to reduce cost burden on motorists to launch following successful crowdfunding campaign An innovative new app designed to reduce insurance costs for motorists will be launched following a...

Gattai Minoli with PM & Partners on Monviso sale to Céréa Partneraire's Altabread

Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners and Dentons advise on Monviso sale from PM & Partners to Céréa Partenaire PM & Partners SGR announces the sale of Monviso S.r.l, a leading manufacturer of gourmet and healthy bread substitutes. PM & Partners invested in Monviso in 2012. After strengthening the company’s operations and management, including...

AnaCap backed heidelpay acquires mPAY24 in Austria

heidelpay Investments GmbH (the “heidelpay group”), a leading German and Germanic-speaking countries(“DACH”) payment service provider (“PSP”) backed by AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity firm, today announces the acquisition of mPAY24 GmbH (“mPAY24”), a...

capital D takes majority stake in invincible brands

capital D, a London-based private equity manager, acquires social media influencer-led marketing and product development companyInvincible Brands, founded in November 2015, achieved more than €30 million in revenues and healthy profitability in 2017 Berlin-headquartered Invincible Brands has sold a majority stake to capital D, a newly-formed...

Acq Lite

Runaway horses sprint down middle of busy road

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A passenger on a bus in China captured video of traffic being impeded by a pair of horses running alongside cars down the middle of the busy road.The video, filmed Tuesday in Chengdu, Sichuan province, shows the horses running down the street in front of the bus, to the amusement of passengers.Vehicles on the road can be seen slowing...

Woman accompanies handbag through X-ray machine

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Officials at a Chinese railway station are asking passengers not to crawl into X-ray machines after a woman who refused to part with her handbag did just that.Staff at the Dongguan Railway Station in the southern part of the country said a woman traveling during the Lunar New Year rush on Sunday attempted to take her purse with her...

Seal crawls out onto beach for a 'kiss' from dog

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A woman walking on a British beach captured video of the moment a seal came out of the water to receive a kiss from her dog.Wendy Pike posted a video to Facebook showing what happened when she went walking on England's Scarborough Beach with her daughter, Trinity, 15, and their dog, Lula.The video shows a seal coming up onto the sand,...

Hawaii resident captures video of double waterspouts

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A Hawaii resident who looked out to the ocean while leaving work captured video of a rare sight -- two waterspouts forming at the same time.The resident said they were heading home from work in Lahaina, on the island of Maui, when they noticed the dueling waterspouts off the coast of nearby Maalaea."That is insane," the filmer comments...

California's 'Butt Lady' picks up millionth cigarette butt

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- An anti-littering activist in California is celebrating an unusual milestone -- picking up her one millionth discarded cigarette butt.Sally Dawly, who branded herself "the Butt Lady of Auburn" after beginning her quest to clean the streets in October 2014, was accompanied by an entourage of friends, family and fans Wednesday when she...