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Structured finance duo launch Aquilam Capital

Two well-known names in the structured finance market, Marc Sefton and Kieran McSweeney, have founded Aquilam Capital, which will focus on investing and lending into companies in the speciality finance sector.

This includes businesses in the consumer and SME finance, leasing and mortgage markets. Aquilam will offer both debt and equity solutions.
Aquilam Capital expects to complete six to eight quality transactions each year.  Aquilam Capital will consider transactions of up to GBP25 million, although the typical range is likely to be around GBP2-GBP10 million. 
Kieran and Marc have over 30 years’ combined sector experience, encompassing Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Shawbrook, with a leading track-record of investment. At Shawbrook, they jointly headed up a new division delivering asset-backed finance solutions to consumer and SME finance businesses, combining market-leading technical expertise with a first-class service proposition to build a highly successful business.
At Aquilam Capital, the duo has developed a unique advisory approach which capitalises on the team’s wealth of industry experience and insight to help businesses develop and grow over the medium to long-term.  The firm will support management teams on all aspects of their business, from operations and risk through to strategic direction, funding and development.
Sefton, founding partner, says: “We recognised the need for an investment firm which can provide exciting, entrepreneurial businesses with the right type of funding, but one which will also be a business partner; providing hands-on help, challenge and support where it is of greatest value.”
McSweeney, founding partner, says: “We are combining exceptional deal transaction experience with corporate finance and operational expertise to create an offer which is unique in this market.”
Aquilam Capital’s investment decisions will be based on a thorough assessment process for each deal, including a detailed analysis of the lifecycle of the assets being funded, benchmarking compliance processes and philosophy against regulatory standards, and best practice and product positioning.  The team will also spend quality time in the business with both the operational and management teams.

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