Private Banking

Private Merchant Banking

Our Private Merchant Banking team provides business owners with strategic advice and access to the institutional and family office investment community.

We have the expertise and network necessary to deliver a range of solutions – from raising capital for expansion to undertaking a disposal. Business owners and investors value our discreet, entrepreneurial approach and the independent advice we provide.

At all times we work in your best interests in order to develop a long-term working partnership. Our primary focus is working with businesses based in the UK and continental Europe. In raising capital and in selling businesses we have the reach in to international markets either through Kleinwort Benson’s own network or through a range of partnerships established in the main international markets including the United States, India and China. We operate across a range of industries with particular expertise in consumer and retail, healthcare, real estate and energy (with particular expertise in alternative energy).

Often clients looking to raise capital do not want to sell out control to private equity managers, nor are they necessarily ready to list on public markets where the demands for liquidity, and hence size, may not be met. We can offer alternatives to these options by placing minority equity stakes to the institutional market or the family office market. We also manage and structure debt private placements in appropriate circumstances, or we can act for clients looking to sell positions in public companies which we can handle on a discreet and confidential basis.

We are specialist advisers to business owners who are looking to sell their businesses. We handle the complete transaction and act as a trusted adviser throughout the deal process. Our ability to access international markets is often a telling factor in securing the best price on exit.

The broader banking relationship generates selected proprietary investment opportunities for high net worth individuals.

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