Quilam inks deal worth "several hundred million pounds" to UK specialty finance

By Daniel Lanyon on Friday 22 November 2019

Alternative Lending

The firm has signed the new strategic partnership with Wafra Capital Partners, a US investment management business.

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Image source: Quilam

London-based specialist finance firm Quilam Capital has launched a new strategic partnership with the U.S.  investment firm Wafra Capital Partners.

The new venture, Quilam Special Opportunities Limited, will sit outside Quilam's existing business.  The new vehicle plans to deploy several hundred million pounds over the next five years in the UK and European speciality finance markets.

Founded in 2017 by Kieran McSweeney and Marc Sefton, Quilam specialises in supporting and investing in businesses in the speciality finance sector—this includes businesses in the consumer and SME finance, leasing and mortgage markets--offering both debt and equity solutions. 

Having already made eight investments, Quilam has developed a unique advisory approach and track record which capitalizes on the team’s wealth of industry experience and insight to help businesses develop and grow over the medium to long-term. The firm supports management teams on all aspects of their business, from operations and risk through to strategic direction and balance sheet optimization.

WCP is a New York-based investment adviser and manager of funds specialising in asset-based finance and real estate investments owned by the state of Kuwait. 

McSweeney, (pictured left) said:  “The first two years of the Quilam journey have proven very successful with us backing a number of high growth businesses and working alongside great management teams. WCP are experienced investors and understand our market—the partnership presents an exciting opportunity for both parties, and the start of a long-term relationship.” 

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