James Stocks to acquire Forum Capital’s SME business

Specialist merchant bank, James Stocks & Co is o acquire the business and assets of Forum Capital International Limited (Forum), a corporate finance boutique which provides M&A and fundraising services to the SME sector.

Tim Stocks, Managing Director of James Stocks & Co, says: “The logic for this acquisition is clear and compelling. Forum is a strong strategic fit for us, providing both greater scale and diversification in our services to clients whilst increasing our exposure to a highly attractive SME sector. This transaction marks an important step in our expansion.”

Stephen Scott, Managing Director of Forum Capital International, says: “We are delighted to have found an excellent home for our proprietary SME know how, clients, collaborators and supporters.

“I have long admired the merchant banking model: it has never been so needed in the market. James Stocks is a fine example of this genre and I believe that its bigger platform coupled with its responsive management style will open up an exciting new chapter for our team, our clients and our business.”