Women in Compliance Awards 2018 – Nomination

Seonaid Mackenzie has been shortlisted in the Women in Compliance Awards 2018 within the “The Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance” category.
The award ceremony takes place on 22nd March 2018 and celebrates the achievements of female compliance professionals in the changing and dynamic Financial Services Industry, across multi-national companies and in all sectors that have Compliance Departments.

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2018 – MIFID II and PRIIPS for the Fund Industry

The FCA has had a busy Christmas as the Financial Industry focused on launching many changes including MIFID II and PRIIPS for the Fund Industry.

Many firms took this change as a reason to close their UK FCA Regulated Firm and move to the EU now ahead of BREXIT or considering closing their own directly authorised firm and become an Appointed Representative of another Authorised FCA Firm.

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Success for RoboCap

Sturgeon Ventures is delighted to read of RoboCap’s success in CityWire’s recent article on “Five alternatives to the Pictet-Robotics fund”.
Jonathan Cohen, Managing Partner of Robocap LLP  [Sturgeon Ventures Designated Portfolio Manager] was, approved by the FCA within Sturgeon Ventures, on 22nd December 2015.

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Sturgeon Ventures Supports The Project Harar 2018 Surgical Mission

Sturgeon Ventures Pioneer of Regulatory Incubation Sponsors 3,000 Eggs.

Project Harar was set up to help those people, predominantly children, living in rural Ethopia affected by facial deformities, be it a cleft lip, palate, animal attack or tumour, and are unable to access medical support.

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MIFID II – Out of the Box Thinking Needed

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST UNDER MIFID II – an enhanced way of thinking… “potential conflicts” let’s help each other build a true Regulatory Ecosystem.

Conflicts of interest is an aspect that is – although necessary for investment firms’ compliance processes – often considered after the event. It is hard to remember in the heat of the action and because it is not always easy to define, it is not the first thing that a commercial team will think about.

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The FCA Regulatory Sandbox

Venture Catalysts are not just money invested, but people and time.  When Sturgeon Ventures was first born in 1998, it branded itself as a Venture Catalyst, it incubated people and companies across a number of industries; in 2000 the focus began towards financial services and the regulatory incubator was born in early 2000.

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ACQ Global Awards – Four Wins for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures are delighted to announce that they have won 4 times in the ACQ Global Awards, across multiple areas.
1 Europe – Regulatory Hosting Platform of the Year
2 UK – Game Changer of the Year, Seonaid Mackenzie
3 UK – Family Office Wealth Advisor of the Year
4 International – Business Strategy Consultancy of the Year

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M&A Awards 2017 – Two Wins for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures are delighted to announce they have won twice at the M&A Awards 2017.
The awards are:
1 UK Compliance Consultancy – Advice on Start-up Issues
2 UK Advisor of the Year – Seonaid Mackenzie
…”Now in it’s fifth year, the Finance Monthly M&A Awards celebrate firms and individuals across the globe who have promoted excellence in their field….”

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AI M&A 2017 – Two Awards for Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures wins twice at 2017’s Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards.

1.  Best Regulatory Incubator 2017

2.  FinServ Gamechanger Innovation Award 2017

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The Growth of the EU VECA Regime the Hidden Jewel of AIFMD

Sturgeon Ventures became an EU VECA manager on 22nd December 2016, and has since launched several funds.

What is venture capital?

Venture capital investment provides early finance to start-ups and early stage companies, forming an important source of long-term financing to young and innovative companies who believe in their new creations.

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Sturgeon’s Easter Message

The Easter egg is normally a symbol of new life, creativity, change and hope.  We think of our clients and community as part of the Sturgeon Family. (more…)

Shortlisted as one of three finalists for The Lifetime Achievement for Contribution to the Compliance Community at The Women in Compliance Awards

Shortlisted as one of three finalists for The Lifetime Achievement for Contribution to the Compliance Community at The Women in Compliance Awards


Agile working at Sturgeon Ventures

Sturgeon Ventures share their top tips for agile working

Sturgeon Ventures have championed agile working and remote working since their inception in 1998. Over the past couple of weeks, we haven't been holding our team meetings on a Wednesday,

Sturgeon Ventures Brexit Updates

Brexit Update w/c 23/3/20

Read on for this week's Brexit Update. (more…)

Spring’s Arrival – Good News

At a time of confusion and unprecedented situations, it’s good news to know that Spring starts earlier than usual on Friday 20th March (normally 21st March) first time in 124

Seonaid speaks at Southborough School

Seonaid speaks at Southborough High School

Seonaid spent the morning of 14th February at  Southborough High School talking to a group of Year 10 and 12 students about working in the Financial Services industry and her

The Tech Nation Report 2020 – Good news for UK Tech Sector

The Tech Nation Report 2020 has been released and is a very encouraging read for inward investment into the UK’s Tech Sector returning for its sixth year. (more…)

Ted Talks – Bill Gates Insight on a Pandemic – 2015

Interesting Ted Talk from Bill Gates in 2015, following the Ebola outbreak in 2014, how this was managed and what needs to be done for planning, vaccine research and training