Date: February 2015
Deal Size: £50m debt underwriting facility
About the client: BLN (trading as ThinCats) is the UK’s leading secured business lending platform, having lent a total of £140 million to UK businesses on a secured basis, as at November 2015
About the transaction: Akur acted as ThinCats’ exclusive financial adviser to secure a major underwriting facility to enable higher frequency and larger loans across ThinCats platform. Following an extensive process, ESO Capital was chosen as lead underwriter on the ThinCats platform, driving significant ramp-up in the scale of the business.
Lead: David Shapton
Peer to peer lending


Chris Young…

Chris is focused on listed closed-ended funds, specialising in both equity and debt capital fundraising. He has over 16 years’ experience in both sales and research. With relationships across many of the large institutional investors in the sector, he has worked across IPOs, secondary fundraisings, placings and sales. He began his career in the City as an investment funds analyst at Credit Lyonnais in 1999, and has subsequently held positions at Lazard Panmure Gordon, Arbuthnot Securities, and most recently as a specialist salesman within the investment funds team at Westhouse Securities. He is focused on private and public real estate and REITs, infrastructure and utilities, emerging markets, private equity and alternatives. Tel: +44 (0) 20 3780 8746 Mob: +44 (0) 7471 141 303 Email: