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Benjamin Davis joins Octopus Investments

Octopus Investments has hired Benjamin Davis into its specialist finance division, currently one of the fastest growing specialist finance teams in the UK.


Davis will work alongside Stuart Nicol to invest in and manage a range of investments based on strong asset backing, predictable cash flows and other forms of capital protection. The 17-strong specialist finance team, headed by Mario Berti, currently has over circa GBP700 million in funds under management raised from retail investors into EIS, IHT and VCT products.
Prior to joining Octopus, Davis was at YFM Group where he led numerous transactions and was a board representative for companies in sectors including technology, healthcare, retail and leisure. Prior to joining YFM, Davis was an associate director at investment bank Interregnum where he worked across the VC investment and corporate finance teams in the UK and USA.
Davis’s role within the Octopus team will be to source and structure new investments and provide portfolio management for flexible debt and partial exit investments, typically between GBP2 million and GBP8 million, though in some cases considerably more.
Stuart Nicol says: “After previously working with Benjamin it’s great to be working together again. Benjamin’s past experience investing into UK small to medium sized businesses, combined with his boardroom, corporate finance and consulting experience makes him a strong addition to the team”.
Davis adds:  “This is an exciting time to be joining the Octopus team. We have over GBP100m to deploy in this area of the market, and with banks retrenching from the market the appetite for our flexible debt and partial exit products is clear”.

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