Sturgeon Ventures hatched in 1998, founded by Seonaid Mackenzie to be a single family office for a wealthy American family. The family had strong ethics and a sense of social responsibility and the family offices main investments were public and private companies for growth and capital preservation. The family mandate had no sector bias, but in 1999, a lean to financial services and healthcare with a focus on wellbeing emerged, followed through till today.
Following a tragedy in the family, the mandate became more passive, and thus The Regulatory Incubator which had hatched in early 2001, began to take flight.
In the early years, Sturgeon Ventures though regulated by the FSA was not incorporated until 2006 when it became Sturgeon Ventures LLP. At first Sturgeon incubated just individuals in financial services, then corporate finance firms, and then venture fund managers, leading to hedge fund managers and long only managers, distressed debt advisors, with leading US firms nurturing their London offices within the incubation of Sturgeon Ventures.
Clients are always enthused and many passionate when speaking of Sturgeon’s relationships past and present which can be further seen under Testimonials. Clients are always delighted to not only share their experiences of Sturgeon, many also share ideas and it is quite common place that clients get together, to share ideas and experiences.
Sturgeon Ventures known as the wholesale pioneer of The Regulatory Incubator, sometimes now called an FCA umbrella or regulatory hosting platform, is seen as the leading firm in this sector. Often the first call of a law firm or a hedge fund consultant, if Sturgeon believe they are not the correct trusted partner, they will introduce you to the best partner for you, as they know most of their peers, who in Sturgeon’s founding partners words, “No one is our competitor, they are all our trusted partners”, will gladly introduce you to. Jurisdiction neutral – however with great presence and experience in Malta in recent years.
Sturgeon has continued to be a trusted advisor to the trustees of their original family office, and many smaller family offices also use Sturgeon for other advisory projects. This has led them to the charity sector for their treasury and fixed income service.
Sturgeon has advised on fund raisings both private and public and also on acquisitions in the last ten years.
Sturgeon Compliance Services, also offers due diligence and investor relation services to some offshore funds.
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