“Park Corporate Finance have had a significant impact on our growth,”
Nick Moss, Managing Director of The UMC Group
At Park Corporate Finance, we like to do things a little differently to other corporate finance firms. We believe in quality, not quantity, so focus on building long-lasting relationships with a select number of clients. From day one, you’ll have direct access to our Managing Director and our senior team. Whether you need support with a company acquisition or sale, an MBO, exit planning or fund raising, they will guide you through each transaction. Together we can work to get you the best possible deal. If you’re frustrated with the factory-line approach taken by some corporate finance advisory firms, please get in touch to find out how we can help.
Our Management Team
Jason Metcalf – Managing Director and Founder of Park Corporate Finance
While many corporate finance directors are content to take the back seat on client transactions, Jason prefers a more hands-on approach. It’s what led him to launch Park back in 2010. Drawing on 30+ years of experience, Jason can help your business to excel.
Jason has extensive experience of MBOs, mergers & acquisitions, exit planning, company sales, fund raising and other corporate finance transactions. He can offer support to businesses in a number of sectors, from insurance, telecoms and property, to aerospace, manufacturing, technology and more. Prior to founding Park Corporate Finance, Jason held a number of senior positions in the corporate finance world, including Managing Partner at CV Capital LLP, Partner at Mazars LLP and Manager at the London Stock Exchange. He also has personal experience of leading a management buyout, having led the MBO of Venice Technologies.
DEBBIE CLARKE – Consultant Corporate Finance Adviser
Debbie has worked within M&A since 1996 and has a depth of experience having transacted a range of Management Buy Outs, debt fundraising, private equity fundraising, acquisitions and disposals for both corporate businesses and not for profit organisations. For the past eighteen years she has specialised in advising UK SME’s and their shareholders on a range of corporate finance transactions. Debbie has built an extensive network throughout her career working with clients in a variety of industries including financial services, construction, technology, engineering, distribution, media, recruitment and hospitality.
Starting her career in investment banking with James Capel, Debbie moved into practice with Mazars, Chantrey Vellacott and most recently was head of M&A at Moore Stephens prior to setting up as a consultant.
Simon Meade OBE – Consultant Corporate Finance Adviser and Sector Head for Renewable Energy
Simon has extensive experience in strategic business development. He has delivered commercial solutions for organisations in the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, China and Africa. Simon has a particular interest in renewable energy projects, and can advise on equity and debt fund raising, sale of company assets and other corporate finance transactions. Prior to working in business development and corporate finance, Simon was the Commanding Officer of the Red Arrows and a member of the British Olympic bobsleigh squad!
Richard Gill – Consultant Corporate Finance Adviser
Richard advises clients on real estate and hospitality sectors. He has extensive experience in raising and structuring debt and mezzanine products, and managing real estate appraisals and transactions across the UK and Continental Europe. Before joining the founding team in 2005, Richard worked as an analyst for HSBC and UBS Warburg and as a corporate finance associate for Dawnay, Day Structured Finance for seven years. Richard has an MSc in Real Estate Investments from Cass Business School (London) and holds a degree in Real Estate Valuation.
Simon Killick – Consultant Corporate Finance Adviser
Simon qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1985. He has been a partner in private practice in the UK in the corporate departments of several law firms, most recently Olswang LLP, which he left in in December 2005 to join a client as its first Group Legal Counsel. Simon has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate law, and has worked on all types of corporate and corporate real estate transactions, including takeovers and mergers, flotations, rights issues, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures, acquisitions, reorganisations, institutional investments, property finance, corporate real estate and complex development projects.
Helen Leek – Marketing and Business Development Manager
Helen has been working in marketing for more than 25 years, and holds an MBA in Marketing and Business. She specialises in marketing for professional services, manufacturing and renewable energy.
Since launching in 2010, Park Corporate Finance has negotiated transactions for businesses in sectors such as telecoms, engineering, manufacturing and food & drink. Recent successes include the acquisition of Amerang out of administration from Deloitte; the management buyout of CVR Global from Chantery Vellacott; the acquisition of HPI Racing Europe out of administration from Grant Thornton; the acquisition of Kunshan Racing Products in China and advising on the setup and financing of manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and China.
CVR Global continues to go from strength to strength following its management buyout of Chantrey Vellacott’s business recovery division.
When Chantrey Vellacott announced its intention to merge with a larger accounting and advisory company, Kevin Murphy and his associates in the business recovery division took the decision to separate from the business and strike out as a new venture – CVR Global.
The management team knew it would need specialist support during the MBO process, and Park was the obvious choice. Jason Metcalf, Managing Director of Park, is a former partner of Chantrey Vellacott, so has worked with Kevin and the rest of the management team on numerous occasions over the years. Kevin explains, “We’ve always found Jason to be first rate – he was the natural person to turn to for our own fundraising.”
Park set to work assisting the team with its business plan and financial forecast models, before presenting the proposals to Chantrey Vellacott’s management committee.
As with most management buyouts, securing the right finance package was crucial. Jason Metcalf’s 25+ years in corporate finance gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to approaching potential investors. He personally supported the CVR Global team with the investment presentation. Jason then turned to Park’s extensive network of financial contacts, and selected the funders he felt would be the best fit for the MBO. Park was able to negotiate an excellent funding deal, enabling CVR Global to complete the management buyout.
Since the management buyout, CVR Global has made enormous steps forward and established its place as an expert in restructuring insolvency and forensic business services. CVR Global now operates six offices across the UK, along with premises in Gibraltar, The British Virgin Islands and Jersey.
Park continues to support CVR Global on corporate finance issues, and also offers corporate finance and fundraising services to the firm’s clients. In turn, CVR Global is able to offer its services to Park’s clients if they encounter financial distress.
Kevin Murphy states, “When we’re the administrators of a job and need some corporate finance input we go to Jason. He’s our first choice for any corporate finance matters.”
One of Park’s longest standing clients is the UMC Group. UMC’s Managing Director, Nick Moss, explains, “Park have had a significant impact on our growth. They’re experts in dealing with financial institutions. Our main means of expansion is through acquisitions, and they really understand the inner working of these kinds of deals.”
Nick has grown his group of companies over the last 15 years, with the help of Park’s Managing Director, Jason Metcalf. Jason played an instrumental role in the acquisition and fundraising of four businesses for the UMC Group.
The first of these acquisitions was Ripmax Limited, the UK’s largest specialist distributor of remote control products. Park assisted in preparing the finance presentation and refining the business plan. Thanks to Park’s market insight, Jason was able to secure funding for the acquisition from a specialist source. This, along with Park’s expertise in structuring, negotiating and project managing acquisitions, enabled Nick to acquire Ripmax with relative ease.
Nick wanted to expand and acquire similar companies in his market sector. He targeted Amerang, a specialist distributor of collectable movie figurines and die cast cars, which had run into financial difficulties. Nick turned to Park for advice on acquiring distressed companies. Park’s expertise in this area proved invaluable when it came to sourcing finance and performing a successful business turnaround. Following this second acquisition, Park continued to fundraise for working and development capital when it was required.
Nick’s next step was to expand the Group into Europe. He asked Park to evaluate one of Europe’s largest remote control distributors, Robbe GMbH, which had run into financial difficulties. Jason Metcalf negotiated with the German administrator and the company’s key suppliers in Japan and Taiwan. Once again, Park was able to secure funding for the acquisition, meaning that the UMC Group was able to establish a Group presence in Germany.
Having successfully completed the expansion into Europe, Nick set his sights on the HPI Racing Group – a global manufacturer and distributor of radio-controlled hobby vehicles with operations all over the world. This was to be, by far, the most complex turnaround that Park had so far undertaken with Nick. While our primary role in any transaction is fundraising and acquisition advice, the scope of this task required a more hands-on approach.
HPI Racing had fallen into financial distress due to the actions of its principal shareholder. It required a vast amount of restructuring if things were to move forward. HPI Racing’s companies included a UK-based distribution operation, a manufacturing business in China, and a US-based distribution and design business.
Park’s first challenge was to advise on the funding and acquisition of the UK business from the administrator, and the financing and acquisitions of the US and Chinese businesses from the principal shareholder. Once the acquisitions were complete, the companies’ distressed positions presented a significant challenge. Nick therefore asked Jason Metcalf to take on a more intrinsic operational role.
Working alongside Nick, Jason made fundamental changes to the workings of the company, visiting and negotiating with suppliers and manufacturers across the Far East on numerous occasions and implementing major operational restructuring. Park led the setup of a new Chinese factory, overseeing the hiring of staff and working with sub-vendors to ensure a cost-effective operation that would not sacrifice quality. We also advised on the set up of a new Taiwanese supply chain.
To ensure the successful resurrection of HPI Racing, Park not only utilised our skill sets in distressed acquisitions and extensive fundraising – we helped to change the face of the business from the ground up – going beyond our traditional role in corporate finance and seeing the deal through to the end.
HPI Racing is now proving to be a valuable addition to the UMC Group and Nick is considering what’s next for the Group. He’s quick to acknowledge the role Park has played in the Group’s success, “Jason’s a very sharp guy, very intelligent. Without his input, I think life would be very difficult!”
Park successfully advised its client Ripmax on the acquisition of Amerang Limited. Amerang are one of the UK’s leading distributors to the toy and hobby trade of collectable die cast cars together with TV, film and comic related licenced products.
The acquisition, which was structured, funded and completed in two months doubles the size of Ripmax and strengthens their position as the UK’s leading distributor to the toy and hobby trade.
Best Client Focused Corporate Advisory Firm
At the Acquisition International Magazine International Finance Awards 2018 – Park Corporate Finance was nominated for this award for our client-centric approach to our work.
Best Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Firm (2015)
Acquisition International magazine’s annual awards are designed to recognise the best of the best in the global corporate finance sector.
Boutique Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year (2014)
Corporate INTL’s annual global awards celebrate the work of the world’s leading advisers and financiers.
Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year (2013)
Just three years after launching, Park Corporate Finance was named the best in its sector by Acquisition International magazine.
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