West One Loan Limited / Enterprise Finance
Cavendish is pleased to announce the sale of West One Loan Limited (“West One”) to Enterprise Finance, an investee of ISIS Equity Partners
West One is a facilitator of bridging loans funded by high net worth investors. West One has grown significantly since its incorporation in 2008, becoming one of the largest privately funded short-term lenders in the UK secured lending market, with over £100m of loans currently under management and having completed deals in excess of £350 million to date.
Enterprise Finance is the UK’s largest specialist distributor of secured loans, and also specialises in bridging finance and commercial mortgages. Its market share enables it to offer highly competitive loan solutions to intermediaries and their clients, and a strong flow of business for specialist lenders. In February 2014, ISIS Equity Partners made a significant minority investment in Enterprise to support its growth and will also make a follow-on investment to part fund the acquisition of West One.
As part of the transaction, Duncan Kreeger and Stephen Wasserman, two of the founders of WestOne will join the Enterprise team. The two businesses, which are based in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, are to be integrated in the near future with both companies moving to a new, larger headquarters in the local area.
Danny Waters, CEO of Enterprise Finance said: “We have known the West One Loans team for a long time. Over the past six years, we have watched the business grow from a concept to what it is today – an established, financially robust and proven bridging lender with over £100m of loans under management. We feel, through this acquisition, we can help West One Loans realise its considerable potential far sooner. Also, with Stephen and Duncan joining the board, we will be adding strength and depth to our own senior management team and I look forward to working with them to take the business forward. From now on, our strategy as a group will be focused on both organic and buy-to-build growth, with this the first of a number of planned acquisitions.”
Duncan Kreeger, one of the founders of West One, commented: “The Cavendish team, led by Joe Stelzer, has provided invaluable advice in preparing our business for a sale process and assessing our options. This deal will give us more firepower and enable us to expand far more quickly. It’s fantastic news for our high net worth investors and broker partners alike.
We were delighted with our decision to engage with Cavendish to advise us on our plans to bring inward investment into the group. Duncan, James Ellis and James Baker brought such complementary skills to our internal deal team. They calmly helped us navigate through all stages of the process, due diligence and through to completion. They were a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommended them
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