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finnCap Group appoints Head of Sponsor Coverage

finnCap Group (finnCap) has appointed Leigh Webb to head its private equity sponsor coverage and expand its M&A advisory business across the mid-market private equity community.

Webb has an extensive track record in private equity sponsor coverage and finnCapp says his arrival will further strengthen the Group’s offering in the mid-market advisory arena with private equity backed businesses, which make up such a significant portion of the growth company landscape.
Webb joins finnCap from leading business advisory firm RSM where as an Associate Director he was a key member of the team focused on UK private equity sponsor coverage for a number of years. His most recent experience has focused primarily on mid-market deals.
  
Private-equity backed businesses are increasing their share of the growth company arena. The British Business Bank’s most recent report, published in February this year, covering the first ten months of last year, reveals that private equity/VC firms continue to be the most prominent equity investors in UK SMEs, involved in 422 equity deals, which is 39% of total private equity/VC deals.
 
Sam Smith, Chief Executive of finnCap, says: “I am very pleased to welcome Leigh to the finnCap Group and look forward to working with him as we continue to enhance the Group’s capabilities. Leigh brings with him a wealth of experience from one of the UK’s leading professional services firms, and he will be a significant asset as we expand our M&A advisory business across the mid-market private equity arena and enhance our profile as the firm with the most comprehensive suite of services for the UK’s ambitious growth companies.”
 
Leigh Webb, Head of Private Equity Coverage, says: “I am thrilled to be joining finnCap Group, for what is a fantastic opportunity within a forward thinking and progressive business. finnCap’s 2018 acquisition of leading corporate finance advisory firm Cavendish has only further strengthened its ability to advise middle market businesses on their future transactions. I am looking forward to building our private equity sponsor coverage team and this new challenge has come at a perfect point in my career. “

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