EIS Showcase 2019
MEET EIGHT PROVIDERS OF EIS SOLUTIONS IN ONE MORNING
Review a representative sample of smaller company investment solutions in one half-day event,
without having to undertake your own expensive and time consuming research.
HEAR eight leading fund managers talk about their investment solutions
NETWORK with their investment specialists without having to commit to any further meetings
COMPARE key investment information, including charges and levels of risk and return
LEAVE confident that you have reviewed a representative sample of the solutions in the market
What will the event cover
The content is based upon our findings from surveying advisers for the annual Alternative Investment Market Industry Report. Each presenter is asked to cover the same five issues that we know are key concerns for advisers:
THE FUND MANAGER: ownership, length of time in the market, relevant AUM, performance track record and financial strength
INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE: growth, capital preservation, income, or a combination of the three, and the targeted level of annual returns
UNDERLYING INVESTMENTS: What are they, how will they generate returns and how is liquidity achieved?
CHARGES BORNE: charges both the investor and the investees face during the product’s lifetime, incl. performance, admin, and deal fees
DIFFERENTIATION: what differentiates the product from others in the market
Meet our EIS Showcase Presenters
Dominique joined Blackfinch in October 2016, bringing over 27 years’ experience. Dominique’s career began at Lloyds Bank in 1989, working as an adviser for ten years before moving to Towry Law as an Adviser. She then spent five years at Clerical Medical specialising in Inheritance Tax planning and eight years at Octopus Investments. Dominique is well known and highly respected for her technical knowledge and openness in helping advisers work effectively with professional connections.
Nic is an entrepreneur and leader in B2B technology. He co-founded EdTech start-up and Software-as-a-Service business Rhizome Live, raising £400k with access to a top accelerator. Prior to that he led a global team at Nokia, managing over 15 products, responsible for revenue growth from £50 to £250m. Previously Nic held roles including Product Manager at Logica and Solution Architect at Portal Software. Nic holds a first-class degree in Engineering & Computing from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Robotics – Computer Vision from the Robotics Research Group at Oxford University.
Gordon joined Blackfinch in 2015. He started his career in 2001 as an analyst on the EIS team at Close Brothers. He moved to Octopus in 2005, distributing tax-efficient products. In 2008 he helped launch Stellar AM, involved with forestry, hotels, farming, and EIS funds and trading companies for IHT. He has also been involved with media sector investments since 1998, including films for UK television. Gordon holds the IMC, completed the first stage of the CFA and is a serial EIS investor.
Robert focuses on managing relationships with intermediaries and professional advisers in northern areas of the UK. Robert has worked in financial services for 34 years, including for Investec, Barclays Wealth and most recently Triple Point. He brings an extensive network of contacts, having developed strong relationships with advisers in the north of England and Scotland.
Sean has over 30 years’ experience in financial services. His background covers advice, research, product management, compliance and technical management, with a specialism in tax-efficient investing. Sean previously worked on tax solutions at Kuber Ventures and as an Independent Account Manager. Prior to that he was an Offshore Specialist for AXA Wealth International and Head of Life at Winterthur. Having designed products and trusts Sean can deliver unique solutions for advisers.
Francesca joined Calculus in 2015 and works in Investor Relations. Prior to joining she has worked for independent financial advisory firms in Switzerland and Dubai.
Francesca has a degree in International Management from the University of Manchester. She is an associate member of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, having passed the Certificate in Wealth Management and the Client Assets and Money qualification.
Madeleine joined Calculus in 2013 and looks after Marketing and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Calculus Capital, she worked for S&P Capital IQ where she was responsible for investment management, investment banking, private equity and algorithmic trading marketing and communications for the EMEA markets. She has managed all elements of the marketing mix, both offline and online. Before joining the marketing team she was a private equity analyst at Capital IQ.
Madeleine graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages, French with Spanish.
Steve has been CEO of Committed Capital since 2004. Steve has some 20 years’ experience of technology investment and currently serves on four investee company boards. He is a strong advocate of investor support in addition to finance to optimise investee company growth and most typically provides input in relation to remuneration, sales and marketing strategy and transaction structure and documentation to investee companies.
Steve has a background in management consulting with PA Consulting and in corporate finance with HSBC and Societe Generale, and was formerly an officer in the British Army. He has a master’s degree in business administration from London Business School.
Glen joined Committed Capital in 2015, and has over 10 years’ experience raising capital for business’s in partnership with financial advisers and wealth Managers utilising tax efficient investment wrappers such as Enterprise Investment Schemes and Venture Capital Trusts.
During this time he has raised capital for a number of diverse business’s and asset classes including multimedia, property, renewable energy and AIM listed companies ranging from start up’s to well established and profitable companies.
Prior to this Glen spent the previous ten years at Coopers & Lybrand qualifying as a tax adviser, PwC and Deloitte specialising in High Net Worth, Expatriate tax and cross border advice before co-founding a successful accountancy and tax consultancy business.
As Head of Marketing, Andrew oversees all Deepbridge communications and messaging. Andrew has a wealth of experience marketing financial and professional institutions, with
over a decade of experience building credible brands and
delivering real growth.
Andrew is a Member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds a BSc in Business Economics and Marketing from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Andrew is also a patron of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation.
Louise has 15 years’ experience in the finance and investment sectors. As well as running her own financial intermediary business, Louise has also held senior roles in-house for top private equity companies, including Foresight Group and Electra Partners where she was responsible for promoting VCT, EIS and BPR propositions. Louise holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management.
With a wealth of experience in investments, tax efficient strategies and pensions; Simon’s role is to develop and manage relationships with intermediaries across the South West of England and South Wales.
Simon is a Chartered Member of the CISI, is DipPFS qualified and has worked, as a stockbroker or financial adviser, for various financial services organisations including St James’s Place, Edward Jones and Siddall’s.
Dan is Managing Director of Great Point Investments and a qualified chartered accountant with significant experience in the management and capital raising for alternative investment opportunities, including Corporate Venturing, EIS and BR qualifying opportunities. Prior to becoming one of the founder members at Great Point six years ago, Dan was an Investment Director with a leading tax efficient investment boutique responsible for investment and distribution strategy.
John heads up the growth capital investment team at Seneca. Since joining Seneca in 2015, John has acted on over 35 growth capital transactions totalling more than £40 million and sits on a number of investee company Boards, across a broad spectrum of sectors. John is a chartered accountant and has previously worked in audit, business restructuring, transaction services and M&A for the likes of PwC, RSM Robson Rhodes, Clearwater Corporate Finance and BDO. John leverages the knowledge and experience he has accumulated across his varied roles to add value in all aspects of his role at Seneca, from sourcing and executing deals to strategically advising and ultimately exiting investee companies.
Kealan is a co-founder of Symvan Capital, a venture capital company specialising in early stage technology companies
seeking to disrupt their industry verticals. Both Kealan’s and his co-founder’s long experience with North American and European technology companies complements Symvan’s ‘California
approach’ to venture investing. Symvan employs a life-cycle approach to EIS investing, with investments across a broad
range of cutting-edge technology businesses covering areas as diverse as High Performance Computing, Big Data analytics, network security, HR recruitment and fin-tech. Symvan typically seeds a company and utilises its network of angel investors to take companies through to Series A financing rounds. Kealan has worked at UBS, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. He has co-founded his own entrepreneurial businesses to focus on
venture capital. Kealan holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Toronto.
Billy joined Triple Point as part of the Sales and Investor Relations team in January 2019 to manage and develop Triple Point’s Strategic Partnerships with networks, service providers and industry bodies. Billy entered financial services out of University starting in the mortgage sector and spending the last decade in the retirement and later life space, focusing on long term care. Billy is a member of the personal Finance Society, currently studying the CII Advance Diploma, as well as holding a degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey.
James founded Vala Capital with Jasper Smith in June 2018. He is a Director and has responsibility for the experience of the investors and their advisers. James has been in sales & marketing for over 30 years primarily within financial services with PwC, Oxford Capital, ABN Amro and Dun & Bradstreet but with successful spells in manufacturing and consulting too. James is Level 4 qualified and is a Chartered Member of the CISI.
Reuben is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience founding and growing technology start-ups. His smart home energy spinout, Joulo, won a British Gas Connected Homes award and was acquired by Quby. He also co-founded the startup Bar Analytics. Reuben was a leading figure in entrepreneurship at the University of Southampton, founding the accelerator Future Worlds, and mentoring over 200 entrepreneurs and 50 companies. Reuben has a first-class honours degree in Electronics, a PhD in integrated circuit design and is an inventor on five patents.
What advisers have said about our previous Showcase events
There is little enough education on this highly technical area of the market, so when you do have a chance to learn from and speak to 8 different providers at the same event, on the same day why wouldn’t you attend? A well-structured, informative and well run conference, which was an excellent use of my time.
What a great and succinct way to meaningfully compare providers and get an understanding of what they do, how they do it and what they charge for doing so.
A very well run event giving exposure to a large number of top providers in the BPR sector. Well worth attending if you are looking to research providers or increase knowledge in this area.
How is it different from
…reading the EIS Report?
While our industry reports give a comprehensive overview of the market, this event will focus in on specific Fund Managers and their offers. We won’t spend long discussing generalities and basic information or the history and development of the market. The intention is to hear about some of the leading investment solutions without repetition or deviations into irrelevant side issues.
Our EIS Showcases are supported by investment experts from
Blackfinch Investments is an established and experienced manager in the UK market for tax efficient and capital protected investments. Blackfinch specialise in Inheritance Tax mitigation through Business Property Relief (BPR) for both individuals and corporate entities, Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Portfolios and also Seed EIS (SEIS) Portfolios. With a focus on capital preservation, Blackfinch look to protect investor capital through asset backed investment strategies in sectors such as property, lending, renewable energy and media. Underpinning this investment strategy is a first class client services and intermediary support team based in both London and Malvern, Worcestershire. Their approach embodies the Blackfinch philosophy: efficient client-focused solutions delivered in a simple and transparent way.
Our diligent process, record of profitable exits and focus on capital appreciation distinguishes us from other managers. The Calculus investment strategy has remained consistent for the past 8 years, together with our structured investment process, strong risk management and very close monitoring of portfolio companies, we have been able to produce significant results for our clients.
Deepbridge is a different kind of investment manager. We work closely with financial advisers and investors to design innovative products, ranging from investment in technology growth companies to asset-backed renewable energy projects. We also partner with innovative and committed management teams to help UK based companies realise their potential and become successful leading-edge businesses. Deepbridge operates across four principle divisions: disruptive technology, sustainable technologies, life sciences and renewable energy. Take a look through our website to find out how we could help you.
Committed Capital specialises in investing in and providing corporate finance advice to fast growing companies. We typically invest from £1 million to £5 million in promising businesses and have advised companies on a range of transactions up to £25 million.
We offer more than just financial investment, we also offer what we call “Executive Capital”. Our experienced team of private equity, corporate finance and consulting professionals and senior operational managers both invest and advise. This can range from strategic guidance or transaction support to sharing knowledge of a particular sector or even taking an executive role alongside an investee company’s management team.
The Great Point group combines a unique blend of Great Point Media’s experience in entertainment media, along with Great Point Investment’s experience in alternative investments, which has made Great Point one of today’s leading suppliers of original media content.
Guinness is independent and focused purely on investment management. Our in-house economic, industry and company research allows us to take an independent view and not be led by the market. Our size and specialist nature also means we have the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to any market movements.
Seneca is an independent investment management and corporate advisory business for High Net Worth individuals and SMEs. We have truly achieved our aim of becoming a home for SMEs where companies and entrepreneurs can access invaluable support and opportunities.
Our team brings together decades of success in providing bespoke investment and advisory solutions for our clients across a multitude of financial areas.
The Symvan Group (“Symvan”) incorporates Symvan Capital Limited, with an asset-management arm and Symvan Securities, providing corporate finance advisory services.
Symvan Capital is an investment fund advisor dedicated to finding start-up businesses suitable for investment and then supporting them when funds have been provided. We provide an alternative investment approach to SME investing with the aim of delivering superior returns.
Symvan’s principals bring sector-focused SME corporate finance experience, rather than a background of just traditional asset management. Our tax efficient technology-focused portfolios are relatively small compared to competitors, allowing us to devote greater resource and time for the success of the investee company, rather than a short-term view by maximizing the funds raised. Whilst our decisions are always in the best interests of the companies’ shareholders, our focus rests primarily on helping investee companies achieve the necessary follow-on capital they will require to grow, ‘cross-fertilising’ companies within our own network of professional and industry contacts, and ensuring each has the advice and support needed to successfully navigate the pitfalls every start-up typically faces.
We are an established private partnership founded in 2004. As an expert investment company, we build innovative products for investors and offer attractive financing solutions to a range of businesses and organisations in both the public and private sector.
Vala is an entrepreneur-led investment advisory business that backs start-ups and early-stage companies.
We put our heart and soul into supporting and empowering founders. So we look for entrepreneurs with a vision that we can truly get excited about.
We want investors in the Vala EIS Portfolio to share in that excitement too.