22 June 2016 | London


Clydesdale Bank


At Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, our dedicated specialist teams with industry experience and knowledge can add real value when developing the growth plans of businesses.

One example is our Growth Finance and Emerging Technology team, which is a specialist UK-wide unit focused on supporting high growth, intellectual property rich businesses which have raised, or are in the process of raising, professional equity.

Since inception, the team has advanced over £90m to some of the UK’s fastest growing businesses across a wide range of sectors from the digital and creative sector to advanced engineering and from software and mobile technology developers to life sciences.

EMC Corporate Finance


EMC is the leading independent corporate finance firm in the South East. Since 1989, its multi-award winning team has helped hundreds of SME owners/directors plan and achieve successful business sales, acquisitions and mergers as well as raise capital, fund debts or restructure their finances. 
Typical transactions fall within the £2m – £100m range, and full terms of reference indicating actions, costs and timetables are provided from the outset.
Every EMC team member has had direct responsibility for handling business disposals, acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions either at Partner level in the accountancy profession, at Director level in the banking sector, or as Principals in their own businesses. Consequently, when EMC helps with a transaction, you are receiving the benefit of vast first-hand experience at the sharp end of the deal process. 
EMC’s founder and CEO Nik Askaroff was described by the Insider South East Awards judges as ‘the outstanding dealmaker in the region,’ when earlier this year he was named Dealmaker of the Year for the second year running. EMC also won the Deal of the Year award.
Through its Business Management division, EMC is also able to provide interim Board-level expertise in all the main professional disciplines – finance, sales, marketing, IT management, operations etc – to help owners/directors to prepare their businesses for sale and ensure they receive full value for their years of hard work.
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Knight Corporate Finanace


Knight Corporate Finance was founded by Adam Zoldan and Paul Billingham in December 2008 with the specific aim of advising businesses and entrepreneurs in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector. Both founders spent long periods of their careers in senior commercial and operational roles in the sector and bring a unique level of experience to transactions based on genuine industry knowledge. Knight advises its clients on Strategy, Funding, Acquisition and Exit, and has completed over 70 transactions establishing itself as one of the leading corporate finance boutiques in its sector.  The business has a team of 9 professionals with offices in London and Warrington.

Squire Patton Boggs
SqPB Logo - RGB We are widely recognised as being one of the leading international asset-based lending (ABL) law firms. Our team advises the majority of UK asset-based lenders and a significant number of foreign asset-based lenders, including bank and non-bank providers. Our practice, we believe (and our clients tell us), makes us truly unique in the ABL market.

  • The firm has been at the forefront of thought leadership and development of the legal aspects of the ABL sector since its inception in the UK.
  • We play a significant role in helping our bank and non-bank clients to formulate credit policies and develop new products.
  • The team provides a full range of legal services to our ABL clients including handling some of the largest UK fraud investigations and litigation cases; insolvency and restructuring; financial and regulatory guidance; tax strategies and employee issues.
  • We have skill-based centres of excellence in ABL in multiple locations in the UK, the United States, continental Europe and Australia, which enables us to manage and advise on cross-border transactions.

We play a leading role in industry forums including the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) where our lawyers have been appointed to the ABL Committee as well as acting as the leading counsel to ABFA. The firm has also been appointed as lead lawyers of the European Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association’s Executive Committee.squirepattonboggs.com