About us

About us

Advise, promote, access

What does finnCap do? Quite simply, we advise ambitious companies, we promote their stories to find the right investment for growth and we help those companies access the growth capital that's right for them.

Our expert staff at finnCap are modern entrepreneurs. We accelerate growth by working in partnership with driven business leaders, realising their growth aspirations at every stage of their journey. Our expertise spans multiple sectors, public and private markets and we are as ambitious as the companies we work with. 

The market recognises us as the largest adviser on the LSE and No. 1 broker on AIM.

 

Our key strengths

  • Leading market position in the UK equity capital markets
  • Leading M&A adviser to the UK mid-market
  • Robust track record of revenue and profitability growth
  • Breadth of service offering
  • Proven, experienced high-calibre management team and Board
  • High levels of equity ownership by employees
  • Superior client service
  • Engaged and proudly progressive company culture

Fundraising in the 21st century

In a dynamic world, the funding landscape changes constantly.  We understand business leaders need to focus on their business. That’s why we focus on creating the right investment story to secure the right funding for accelerated growth. 

finnCap delivers certainty that makes the growth journey easier. Our clients receive the power of a leading stockbroker combined with a no-nonsense strategic advisor.

 

We know the whole investor spectrum and provide considered, independent and trusted advice that adds value. Our team understands how to deliver on our advice, and is ideally positioned to leverage the right investment at the right time to power the next stages of growth.

Our team’s agility is rooted in smart thinking. This means that whatever is happening in your sector, we’re quick to respond, providing you with what you need, when you need it.

We are here to help drive your ambition, fuelling faster growth for you and your business.

Our story

finnCap CEO Sam Smith established the firm in 2007, after orchestrating the partial buyout of the corporate finance and corporate broking business of JM Finn & Co Limited, a private client stockbroker.

At that time, finnCap had a small team focused on raising capital for micro-cap companies. Jon Moulton was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman in 2010 and later in the same year acquired a significant interest in the Company, when the directors and employees of finnCap purchased the remaining 50.1% of the equity retained by JM Finn.

Since 2011, we began focusing on adding additional services to our offering, including establishing a Market Making team, an Investment Companies team, a Private Fundraising advisory team – targeting the high-growth £2 million to £50 million fundraising market for private businesses – and we have launched the Slide Rule Fund. The Slide Rule Fund is based on finnCap’s proprietary Slide Rule equity analysis research tool, that analyses quoted companies for quality, value, growth and momentum.

In late 2018, finnCap announced our intention to acquire Cavendish Corporate Finance, a leading UK independent M&A adviser to vendors of businesses with an enterprise value of up to £500 million. Cavendish is additionally a UK member firm of Oaklins, a membership organisation comprised of 49 specialised M&A firms in 60 offices around the world. Cavendish was co-founded by Howard Leigh in 1988 and now has a team of 40 people with expertise in the consumer, technology, support services, financials, healthcare and industrial sectors, representing a considerable overlap with the sector focus of finnCap.

We floated on AIM in December 2018 and began trading as finnCap Group plc.