Structured finance duo launch alternative investor

New firm focusing on investing and lending into businesses in the consumer and SME finance, leasing and mortgage markets

Structured finance duo launch alternative investor

Two well-known structured finance experts have launched an alternative investment firm.

Marc Sefton and Kieran McSweeney launched Aquilam Capital this week. It will focus on investing and lending into businesses in the consumer and SME finance, leasing and mortgage markets.

Aquilam Capital expects to complete six to eight transactions each year with the capability to lend up to £25m per transaction.

The firm’s investment decisions will be based on a thorough assessment process for each deal, including a detailed analysis of the lifecycle of the assets being funded, benchmarking compliance processes and philosophy against regulatory standards, and best practice and product positioning. 

The team will also spend time in the business with both the operational and management teams.

Sefton and McSweeney have more than 30 years’ combined sector experience, encompassing Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Shawbrook.

At Shawbrook, they jointly headed up a new division delivering asset-backed finance solutions to consumer and SME finance businesses, combining market-leading technical expertise with a first-class service proposition to build a highly successful business.

Sefton said: “We recognised the need for an investment firm which can provide exciting, entrepreneurial businesses with the right type of funding, but one which will also be a business partner; providing hands-on help, challenge and support where it is of greatest value.”

Other members of the Aquilam team include Jamie Constable, founder of investment firm Rcapital, and experienced businessman Steve Curtis who has run nearly 20 companies as either chairman or chief executive.