ThinCats networking event at Sixes in Fitzrovia
It’s cricket season, so we thought Sixes in Fitzrovia would be the perfect place to host a networking evening for professionals from across the PE and business finance community in London.
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Dave has spent his career building relationships and securing new business. Working within the financial services sector his entire career he has spent time growing entrepreneurial SME businesses and leading sales teams for multi-national banks. His recent focus has been centred around fundraising for SMEs enabling them to fulfil their ambitions of growth and productivity in a benign lending environment.
Dave heads up the sales team across London and the South from the London office, overseeing the growth of ThinCats’ loan book.
Prior to joining ThinCats, Dave led all new business across London for Santander, serving SME businesses. He previously worked at RBS helping build the partnerships book at RBS Insurance (Direct Line) leading up to their IPO.
Neil brings a wealth of experience within the banking and finance industry, having previously worked at KPMG, Lloyds, and GE Capital Acquisition Finance. He joined ThinCats from Santander where he has spent the last six years as a Director of Structured Finance and Financial sponsors.
James has over 12 years’ experience in financial services whilst working at both BNY Mellon and Clydesdale Bank, covering credit research, securitisation and business banking, with the last 2 years spent supporting the Origination of Acquisition and Leveraged Finance clients. James is a CFA charterholder and joins as Business Development Manager.
James is responsible for the execution of lending transactions within the business community and private equity backed acquisitions, alongside the London and South East team.
Scott joins us from Clydesdale Bank, where he spent over 12 years in financial services covering retail, private and business banking, with the last 5 years spent supporting both the Origination and Portfolio management of Acquisition and Leveraged Finance clients.
Scott is responsible for supporting the execution of lending transactions within the business community alongside the London and South East team.
Richard is passionate about supporting a sector of the economy that desperately needs better funding options. He has significant experience from both sides of healthcare, and so is very keen to support good operators in the sector who are looking to grow, but are being badly let down by traditional lenders.
Richard’s role is to raise ThinCats’ profile in the healthcare sector and lead the launch of the healthcare fund, focussing on providing lending options to residential, nursing and dementia care homes as well as the many specialist care homes in the field.
Richard comes with more than twenty years of experience across financial services and healthcare, including 13 years with RBS and AIB, and eight years with healthcare specialist brokers, Chandler & Co. Additionally, Richard has six years’ direct experience as a care home owner.
Having worked for a number of high street banks, Stuart has seen the traditional lenders limit their appetite for SME cashflow lending. With a pragmatic approach and the ability to make quick decisions, he believes that Thincats are well positioned to support an underserved SME market - Stuart particularly enjoys working with management teams to provide finance to support their business needs and growth aspirations.
Stuart works to develop relationships with key finance professionals including brokers, accountants and corporate financiers along with Private Equity, to support SMEs in their growth ambitions, covering both London and Reading.
Stuart has 11 years’ experience in banking, working with SMEs and mid-market businesses across a number of industries, most recently for RBS and Clydesdale. He has provided finance to support event driven transactions such as management buy outs, acquisitions, growth finance and refinance.
Greg has a diverse blend of SME expertise across direct lending, special situations and distressed turnaround investing, which he believes enables ThinCats to take a unique approach. Undertaking fundamental value analysis on each opportunity, with appropriate appreciation for downside protection, allows ThinCats to approach each deal with a commercial understanding that many competitors are unable to replicate.
Greg is involved with all aspects of the investment process from identifying and refining credit mandates, assessing opportunities as a member of the investment committee, running the credit team, and portfolio management.
Greg has over 15 years’ experience on the buy-side across a wide range of products with more of a focus on the SME end of the market. His wide-ranging experience is born from financial institutions such as ESO Capital, Sun Capital Partners, Barings and KPMG.
Counteracting a lack of appetite from traditional lenders, Gary believes that offering flexibility, a flat decision making structure and speed of delivery to otherwise overlooked businesses with strong credit metrics is where ThinCats’ strengths lie.
Gary is responsible for the origination, transaction and delivery of debt solutions to strong and ambitious SMEs and mid corporate clients, who are requiring a fresh approach to funding and seeking to grow both organically and/or by acquisition. He brings an extensive network of key business contacts active within Corporate Finance, Business and Debt Advisory, and Private Equity.
Gary has 32 years banking experience. He has supported SMEs and Mid-Corporate businesses within a variety of industries, including over 15 years within leveraged and structured finance, providing bespoke funding packages to support LBOs, MBOs, acquisitions and other cashflow lending propositions. Gary came to ThinCats from AIB where he was Director of Structured Finance, and previously held the role of Regional Head of Corporate Transactions Team at RBS.
Having worked for J.P Morgan for over 10 years as VP of acquisition and leveraged finance, Varun brings a wealth of experience to ThinCats as a Credit Analyst. Past experience includes High Yield Bonds, Leveraged Loans and Mezzanine financing for SME Capital UK and MUFG.
Before joining ThinCats, Alex gained experience in banking and corporate finance at several high street lenders. Prior to the move, Alex worked at Santander as a relationship manager where she was responsible for looking after a portfolio of new and established corporate clients.
In her new role, Alex will provide support to the ThinCats teams in London and the South East as well as communicating and coordinating with clients.
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