Our senior partners founded the business in 2000 to provide long term corporate finance advice aimed at helping high-profile entrepreneurs clarify and achieve their long-term investment objectives, not just bring about a short-term transaction.
This long term and objectives-based focus remains a key principle of our advisory offering today, although we now work with shareholders of all types, from entrepreneurs and large corporates to international private equity firms. We believe this approach is fundamental to delivering the best outcome for shareholders and that the depth of client relationships we have developed over the past 15 years are testament to this.
We advise clients in the UK and abroad on M&A transactions, capital raisings and strategic development issues across three main industries: financial services, consumer and media & technology. We use our extensive relationships with entrepreneurs, companies and capital providers globally to help clients achieve their strategic and financial objectives.
One important value proposition for our clients is that we aim to evaluate strategic issues and transaction opportunities over a time horizon that matches their own: we do not rush them into a deal. This can mean that we will advise to postpone a transaction or financing when we do not believe they are optimal for a client. We can afford to take this view because we are independently owned. A consequence of this approach is that we tend to work with our clients well in advance of a corporate finance event so that we can help design the right transaction: for instance, is the targeted capital raise for the right amount and structured appropriately, is it the right time to sell, expand organically or buy. Occasionally, we invest in companies which operate in our specialist sectors and some clients have found this attractive.
Our main assets are the intellectual capital of the firm and the focus and flexibility with which we can operate. Our team has extensive legal, accounting and investment banking & capital markets expertise. We have brought these strengths to bear for large corporate clients, institutional investors as well as smaller companies which have significant potential and face the challenges typical of fast-growing businesses. A number of clients have retained Ashcombe’s services more or less continuously since we started in 2000, reflective of the quality of advice and our client and service proposition.