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Quilam Capital lands new £300m investment

The deal extends Quilam’s existing partnership with Wafra Capital Partners, bringing its total pot to over £600m.

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London-based specialist investment firm Quilam Capital has landed £300m of new funding from US investment house Wafra Capital Partners.

The deal extends Quilam’s existing partnership, announced in 2019, with Wafra Capital Partners. 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. 

Founded in 2017 by Kieran McSweeney and Marc Sefton, Quilam invests via both debt and equity into lending and specialty finance companies. 

Recent deals include funding for Updraft, Rocking Horse and ThinCats as well as ten other investments.

Quilam says its goal is to be Europe’s leading investor in the speciality finance market.

Quilam co-founder and partner Kieran McSweeney said: “The first two years of the strategic partnership with WCP has 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”.

Marc Sefton, Quilam co-founder and partner added that the fresh capital will enable it to make much larger investments, but with the flexibility to fund the whole lifecycle of businesses, from an early stage/ all the way to significant growth capital into established platforms. 

“We believe the further expansion of our capital base will provide the platform to enter our next period of growth and capitalise on the wealth of opportunities we are seeing”.

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