Why capitama was created.
From the founders experience it is clear that the private capital markets are not working properly. The greater concentration of capital in fewer firms means minimum investment levels have increased substantially, creating a significant funding gap that is affecting the growth of high quality businesses and lending businesses/platforms that can make a meaningful impact on the economy.
Investment in alternative asset classes for institutional and sophisticated investors is going through dramatic change as investors are becoming more reluctant to commit capital for long periods nor pay commitment fees that are not related to performance. This is creating a growing trend of ‘deal by deal’ investing, which is still in its infancy.
In the current economic climate it is imperative for financial investors to add value to their portfolio companies given the constant challenges most companies face. Most firms struggle to build strong networks of highly relevant people that can help ensure companies execute their plans successfully.
The global economy remains a low interest rate environment, with little or no return on cash. This is likely to last for the foreseeable future given the high levels of national debt. This means there is a substantial amount of capital seeking yield, ranging from individuals, companies, pension funds and public sector bodies. The public markets are failing to create enough viable investment opportunities that generate strong yields with low risk.
Capitama’s overall mission is to make the allocation of capital more efficient in the economy.
The Founding Team.
Co-Founder & CEO
Simon is the Co-Founder of Capitama and CEO. Prior to creating Capitama with Brett, Simon was the founder of Innovation Capital Advisors (‘ICA’), an advisory firm established in 2013 to focus on raising equity and debt capital as well as providing strategic advice to companies. ICA focuses predominantly on raising growth capital for companies as well as helping secure funding partners for asset based businesses.
Prior to establishing ICA Simon was the Ex-Head of Capital Advisory at Cavendish Corporate Finance, having set the business up in 2008. From a standing start Simon closed a number of ground breaking deals in education and technology, finding investment for businesses from Private equity, Venture capital, Ultra-High Net worth individuals/Family Offices and Corporates.
Prior to joining Cavendish Simon spent over 15 years working in investment banking focused on providing leveraged finance to support private equity firms to acquire or expand companies. Simon worked on deals in a wide range of sectors and notable transactions he closed were the £817m public to private of Matalan plc and the £750m public to private of Big Food Group (Booker and Iceland Foods).
Simon is also a member of the Lay Council at Keele University, a member of the advisory board at Keele Management School, a Non-Executive Director at The Motorist’s Organisation and a Non-Executive Director at Lusso Homes.
Brett de Bank
Co-Founder & Head of Business Development
Brett is the Co-Founder of Capitama. He has pioneered and led the creation of online market networks in the sector, having previously built a Family Office dedicated exchange and since developed Capitama, a scalable online private capital market network designed to connect sophisticated investors with professional sponsors seeking co-investors and funders for their deals.
He is a finance based entrepreneur with a portfolio of interests from fin-tech to bio-tech focusing heavily on the interaction of private capital and proprietary deal flow. He has 15 years broad banking and commercial finance experience, formerly an Analyst at Goldman Sachs International and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.
He has undertaken a number of roles advising firms such as Weight partners Capital LLP, a UK turnaround and profit improvement private equity boutique, acting as Special Advisor to Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a Global 25 Multi Asset Class Manager, advising on distribution and strategy and advising the Bank of London & the Middle East plc on their real estate investment funds.
Brett has a 1st Class BSc (Hons) (Econ) Economics, Finance & Banking from the University of Portsmouth and a BSc (Hons) Environmental Health from King’s College, London and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.