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Cavendish appoints head of new Alternative Capital division

Cavendish Corporate Finance, a UK’s mid-market M&A firm and part of the finnCap Group, has appointed Jamie Blewitt to head its new Alternative Capital division, which will provide family offices and other private capital funds with a bespoke range of services as well as attractive opportunities to back or acquire ambitious growth companies. The new division provides family offices with access to leading entrepreneurs, private companies and connected investment opportunities, either as lead sponsor or alongside like-minded investors, across a range of sectors with a focus on the mid-market. In addition, the finnCap Group now offers family offices a tailored suite of services, including debt solutions and support exiting portfolio companies, buyside M&A advice as well as execution services for trading in listed equities and expertise in investment company selection in public markets.  

Jamie Blewitt joins from financial advisory firm Rothschild & Co where, as a Director, he was a key member of the team focused on sourcing growth equity, minority M&A and co-investment opportunities for private capital investors. Blewitt’s focus was on building and managing relationships with family offices and private growth investors, but he also has experience providing a broad range of corporate and fund clients with access to public and private markets investors. 

Blewitt’s arrival will enhance Cavendish and the wider Group’s ability to source funding for its clients from an increasingly diverse range of investors. As private markets evolve, alternative investor groups such as family offices will increasingly play a much larger role in the wider landscape and in providing these clients with flexible and supportive financing solutions.  

His appointment also builds on the expansion of finnCap Group’s M&A advisory team, which saw two new Partners and a Director appointed to Cavendish Corporate Finance in September. Together, these appointments signal a period of strong and sustained growth across all aspects of finnCap’s business as well as enhance the Group’s integrated offering to clients. 

Sam Smith, Chief Executive of finnCap, says: “I am delighted to welcome Jamie to Cavendish and the wider finnCap Group and look forward to working with him as we continue to enhance the Group’s capabilities. Jamie brings with him a wealth of experience from one of the UK’s leading financial advisory groups, and he will be a significant asset as we expand our family office advisory business and enhance our profile as the firm with the most comprehensive suite of services for the UK’s most ambitious growth companies.” 

Jon Edirmanasinghe, Partner at Cavendish, says: “Family offices and other alternative capital sources are becoming a much bigger part of the private funding eco-system and their trajectory is clear to us. There was complete alignment in our thinking with Jamie and it’ll be great to have him on board to help offer our clients additional funding options both in growth capital or buyout scenarios.”  

Jamie Blewitt, Head of Alternative Capital at Cavendish, said: “I am really pleased to be joining Cavendish and the wider finnCap Group and really look forward to developing the group’s relationships with family offices and the wider investor group. With the exponential growth seen in private and growth equity allocations coming from alternative capital sources, there is no better time to provide specific coverage in this area and I am excited by the prospect of connecting them with some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs.” 

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