Financial Sponsors

A national team of experienced professionals offering dedicated coverage to support mid-market private equity firms and management teams across the UK.

Products and services

  • Private Equity led majority/minority buy-outs
  • Capital to grow organically/make acquisitions
  • Refinancings and recapitalisations
  • Super Senior facilities (drawn debt and revolving credit lines)
  • Bilateral or multi-bank deals
financial sponsors

We’re an active market participant, lending across all sectors, from business services and healthcare to manufacturing and technology, media and telecoms (TMT).

Our Financial Sponsors team provides cash flow lending solutions in support of private equity backed businesses and management teams. We specialise in Event Driven Finance in support of management buy outs, acquisitions, buy and builds, refinancings, recapitalisations and partial exits. We’ll work with you to provide a tailored and flexible solution to suit your business needs.

Team structure

Our UK team is located across seven offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and has a diverse background, including corporate finance, credit risk, and debt advisory.

Available to

Private equity backed, UK headquartered businesses operating across all sectors, with minimum earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £2.5 million.

All lending is subject to status and our lending criteria. The right to decline any application is reserved.

Meet the team

Andrew Clayton

Andrew Clayton

Head of Financial Sponsors
Email address: 
andrew.clayton2@santander.co.uk

Andrew Clayton is National Head of Financial Sponsors at Santander, where he's responsible for leading a team across the UK working with management teams and private equity investors, providing leveraged debt financing solutions in the mid-market space. He has over 20 years of experience in working with and supporting mid-market businesses. Before joining Santander he was Regional Head of Structured Finance for the South and Midlands at RBS where he led many transactions covering a wider range of sectors. Andrew's also worked in Mezzanine Finance with NatWest and Corporate Finance as part of an independent London based boutique.

Andrew Tully

Andrew Tully

Head of Origination
Email address: 
andrew.tully@santander.co.uk

Andrew joined Santander in 2010 to start up the Financial Sponsor team in London. Prior to this he spent five years at Lloyds Bank as a Senior Director in the Leverage Finance team as one of its founding members, as well as almost five years at each of RBS and Mizuho, also in Leverage Finance. Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and holds a Masters Degree in Multinational Accounting & International Financial Management from Reading University.

Gerry Davies

Gerry Davies

Director
Email address: 
gerry.davies@santander.co.uk

Gerry is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2014. Prior to this, he spent six years at BDO working in the Transaction Services team in London. He holds a first class degree in Accounting and Finance from Newcastle University and qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant whilst at BDO.

Neil Patel

Neil Patel

Director
Email address: 
neil.patel@santander.co.uk

Neil is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2015. He has over 10 years leveraged experience, working prior to Santander at GE Capital and Lloyds Banking Group. He holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Leeds University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from his time at KPMG.

Nick Howard

Nick Howard

Director
Email address: 
nick.howard@santander.co.uk

Nick is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2014. Before this, he spent eight years at Investec as a CLO Portfolio Manager managing €1.5 billion of assets under management and also worked as an analyst focusing on large-cap European LBOs with a sector focus on TMT. He holds a degree in Biomedical Science from Kingston University.

Nick Holman

Nick Holman

Director
Email address: 
nick.holman@santander.co.uk

Nick is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2013. Prior to this, he spent nine years working at Lloyds Banking Group in both the Acquisition Finance and Capital Markets teams. He holds a Masters degree in International Banking and Finance from the University of Southampton.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Director
Email address: 
chris.thomas@santander.co.uk

Chris is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2010. Prior to this, he spent 16 years at RBS, the last nine of which were with RBS Structured Finance. He holds a degree in Management Science from University of Wales, Swansea and is an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers.

Adrian Rowles

Adrian Rowles

Director
Email address: 
adrian.rowles@santander.co.uk

Adrian is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2010. Before this, he spent seven years at RBS in the Corporate & Structured Finance team working on a range of financial sponsor and corporate M&A transactions in Leeds and Birmingham. He holds degrees in Accounting & Economics from De Montfort University and Financial Services (ACIB) from the University of Manchester.

Saul Proctor

Saul Proctor

Director
Email address: 
saul.proctor@santander.co.uk

Saul is a Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in early 2017. Prior to this, he spent nine years at RBS, predominantly in the Mid-market Leverage Finance team, delivering a number of Sponsor backed transactions. He holds a degree in Economics, Banking and Finance from Cardiff University.

Colin Robertson

Colin Robertson

Credit Structuring
Email address: 
colin.robertson@santander.co.uk

Colin joined the Financial Sponsors team in early 2017. Prior to this, he spent c35 years at RBS, with the most recent 13 years spent in that organisation’s mid-market leveraged finance business. His Credit Structuring role involves a number of strategic initiatives aimed at further enhancing Santander’s capability in the Lev Fin market, as well as bringing his experience to bear to help shape new transactions.

Roddy Kilpatrick

Roddy Kilpatrick

Director
Email address: 
roddy.kilpatrick@santander.co.uk

Roddy joined Santander in 2013 with more than 15 years' corporate finance experience, including BDO and EY. He spent eight years at Clydesdale Bank, playing a major role in the creation and growth of a successful acquisition finance team in North West England. Roddy is focused on mid-market financial sponsor and corporate M&A transactions, as well as the provision of growth capital funding for fast growing SMEs in Scotland. He is a chartered accountant with a degree in Scots Law and a Diploma in Russian from Glasgow University.

Richard Mathison

Richard Mathison

Director
Email address: 
richard.mathison@santander.co.uk

Richard is a Director within the Structured Finance team who joined Santander in 2014. He qualified as a CA with Deloitte in 2005, and has 12 years’ subsequent corporate finance, recovery and business advisory experience across roles within EY, Bank of Scotland and overseas. Richard is focused on mid-market financial sponsor and corporate M&A transactions, as well as the provision of growth capital funding for fast growing SMEs in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Saran Lall

Saran Lall

Associate Director
Email address: 
saranjit.lall@santander.co.uk

Saran is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2017. She has over seven years of leveraged and event-driven corporate finance experience having previously worked at Lloyds and RBS in their Strategic Finance and Structured Finance teams. Saran holds a BA Honours Degree in Economics.

Rhys Morgan

Rhys Morgan

Associate Director
Email address: 
rhys.morgan@santander.co.uk

Rhys joined Santander in 2017 having spent two years at RBS Leveraged Finance with an additional four years Corporate Finance experience across M&A and Debt Advisory Roles at KPMG and a leading mid-market boutique. He holds a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Loughborough University Business School and qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst at KPMG.

Alvaro Nolasco

Alvaro Nolasco

Associate Director
Email address: 
alvaro.nolasco@santander.co.uk

Alvaro is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined in 2014. Before joining the team, he spent four years in the Large Cap Credit division in London working on debt transactions with international investment grade customers. He holds a first class degree in Finance and Business Administration and qualified as a CFA charterholder.

Eva Mihaylova

Eva Mihaylova

Associate Director
Email address: 
eva.mihaylova@santander.co.uk

Eva is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2011. Prior to joining the team, she spent three years in the Large Corporate Group working on investment and sub-investment grade debt transactions for UK clients. She holds a joint degree in European Studies and Economics from King’s College London and the London School of Economics.

Victor Joannou

Victor Joannou

Associate Director
Email address: 
victor.joannou@santander.co.uk

Victor is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2015. Before this, he spent five years at Grant Thornton, most recently working in the Debt Advisory and Restructuring team in London. He holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst at Grant Thornton.

Ruth Pattinson

Ruth Pattinson

Associate Director
Email address: 
ruth.pattinson@santander.co.uk

Ruth is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in October 2015. Prior to this, she spent four years working at Deloitte in the Restructuring team and most recently the Debt Advisory team in London. She holds a degree in Business Management from The University of Birmingham and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Suraj Mistry

Suraj Mistry

Associate Director
Email address: 
suraj.mistry@santander.co.uk

Suraj is an Associate Director within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in September 2016. Before joining the team, Suraj spent five years at RBS working primarily in the Leveraged Finance team in Reading, supporting mid-market sponsor transactions. He is a CFA Charter holder and holds a degree in Economics from The University of Birmingham.

Carmen Peacock

Carmen Peacock

Associate Director
Email address: 
carmen.peacock@santander.co.uk

Carmen is an Associate Director within the wider Structured Finance team having joined Santander in 2016. Prior to this Carmen spent four and a half years in RBS, mainly in the Financial Sponsors team based in Bristol, working on mid-market transactions across the South region, as well as over a year at the Bank of England in the Financial Markets department. She holds a first class degree in Economics of Money, Banking and Finance from UWE Bristol.

Tom Jervis

Tom Jervis

Associate
Email address: 
thomas.jervis@santander.co.uk

Tom is an Associate within the Financial Sponsors team having joined Santander in 2015. He joined the team from the Graduate Scheme, having previously completed rotations in Corporate Banking and Corporate Risk. Tom holds a first class honours degree in International Business from the University of Liverpool.

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