Chiltern Capital, the lower mid-market private equity firm, has completed an investment in Vantage Finance. Led by Lucy Hodge, Managing Director, Vantage Finance is a highly regarded master broker of property lending solutions spanning commercial mortgages, bridging loans, development finance and secured loans.
Chiltern Capital has taken a significant minority stake and will work closely with the team to build out the management structure and further develop the company’s sales and marketing function. David Barral, the former CEO of Aviva’s life insurance business joins the Board as Chairman. David will work closely with the team as the business continues to develop its distribution channels and capabilities.
Alex Sheffield of Chiltern Capital, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the team at Vantage Finance. This is characteristic of a Chiltern investment, providing strategic support and backing to an ambitious MD of a growing business in a sector with positive market dynamics.”
Lucy Hodge, MD of Vantage Finance, commented: “Over the last few years our sector has been subject to significant regulatory change, increasing compliance requirements and tightening lending rules. As a result, there has been a structural shift in the market with increasing penetration by challenger banks and specialist lenders. This has led to a growing demand for high quality intermediaries such as Vantage Finance to provide effective, compliant distribution.”
Alex Sheffield and Tom Phipps of Chiltern Capital will join the Board.
Since Vantage Finance was founded in 2004, it has established a position as a key introducer to a number of the challenger banks and specialist lenders, respected amongst the intermediary and lending community for its rigorous approach to quality and service delivery.
Chiltern Capital focuses on investments in the lower mid-market, supporting ambitious management teams to realise their growth plans. Chiltern’s investment in Vantage Finance marks the private equity firm’s second investment since it was established in 2015, and follows on from the recent growth capital investment made in I Heart Studios, a leading digital content studio serving the fashion and lifestyle sectors.