02 01 2016

ESF Capital's Equity Foundraising

Olswang has advised ESF Capital, a new peer to peer (P2P) investment and operating business initiated by European investment firm, ESO Capital, on its equity fund raise backed by leading UK and US institutions.


Simultaneously, Olswang has also advised on the complex suite of technology platform contracts required by ESF Capital as part of its acquisition of a 73.4% stake in ThinCats, Europe’s largest SME secured lending platform, which has lent more than £140m since its foundation five years ago.

The deal is the first of many ESF Capital intends to make throughout Europe. It plans to accelerate growth by investing in and underwriting loans on select European P2P platforms and providing operational insight. ESF – European Speciality Finance – Capital is a P2P investment and operating business, founded in July 2015. It is developing a distinctive and high quality institutional presence in the peer-to-peer/marketplace-lending sector. Backed by leading UK and US institutions, ESF is focused on the SME market in Europe and is providing acceleration capital in the form of strategic and operating resource, investment capital, and speciality lending capital. The company, led by Alex Schmid, Quentin Baer, John Mould, Ravi Anand and Steve Thomson, is based in London. Rob Willis (Picture) led the corporate team on the fundraising, supported by Jamie Larkin, David Whitehead and Matthew Hanson (corporate); Andrew Quayle and Cathy Merry (employee incentives) and Melanie Lane and Amelia Cowell (employment).

Technology & Sourcing Partner, Dominic Dryden, led the team that advised ESF Capital on its technology platform arrangements with the help of Catherine Adam and Emily Dorotheou (technology & sourcing). Involved fees earner: Robert Willis - Olswang LLP; Jamie Larkin - Olswang LLP; David Whitehead - Olswang LLP; Matthew Hanson - Olswang LLP; Andrew Quayle - Olswang LLP; Catherine Merry - Olswang LLP; Melanie Lane - Olswang LLP; Amelia Cowell - Olswang LLP; Dominic Dryden - Olswang LLP; Catherine Adam - Olswang LLP; Emily Dorotheou - Olswang LLP;

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