Experts from key financial institutions gathered last week for Smith Cooper’s inaugural digital roundtable event, to discuss the current funding market place. Led by Darren Hodson, Corporate Finance Partner at Smith Cooper, the intention was to truly challenge the experts on lending appetite and how they assess trading risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also wanted to understand if there are any long-term repercussions for the funding sector.

The group of experts included leaders from a range of funding institutions such as Northedge Capital, HSBC, Beechbrook Capital, Shawbrook Bank, ABN AMRO and SME Capital. The panel was chaired by Paul Newell, a non-executive chairman and specialist in M&A funding. The full panel was:

Advisory panel

Funding expert panel

  • Liz Fuge – Specialist in all types of debt finance, HSBC
  • Paul Whitehouse – Specialist in cashflow and mezzanine lending, Beeckbrook capital
  • Tony Airey – Specialist in SME growth and M&A funding, SME Capital
  • Kevin O’Loughlin – Equity finance specialist, NorthEdge Capital
  • Ben Pittam – Specialist in asset based finance, ABN AMRO
  • Deepak Parekh – Specialist in cashflow lending bank, Shawbrook Bank

A comprehensive summary of the roundtable discussion can be found below.

View the roundtable discussion