I’m often asked how I got into this business? Following an 8-year banking career, I moved to London and “cut my teeth” with Savills debt brokerage. I was subsequently recruited by Knight Frank in 2007 to help set up an equivalent broker where I spent the next 10 years. What an exciting time to launch a debt business! When the financial world implodes, banks fail & property prices fall it certainly keeps you on your toes! What a ride! The climate helped me strive to learn, to continually innovate and become a “trusted advisor” in my space.
Why property development finance? I chose to specialise in this arena for several reasons. I love the property journey, the before and after if you like. I love digging deep into my borrower’s business plan, identifying the issues and coordinating the best possible financial solution. I love the complexity of how to construct the capital stack to create the optimum financial outcome for all. Good deals work for all parties, the developer, the investor and the lender.
What have I financed? I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to finance a wide selection of amazing assets over the years. From super prime residential family homes to multi-million-pound wine collections! I take great pride in having financed a number of London’s largest development projects with multiple development facilities in excess of £100m.
What have I learned? That I never stop learning and I just love the process!