Investment Management Advisory Firm of the year – UK

Sturgeon Ventures are delighted to announce that they have been awarded Winner of the Global Advisory Experts Award for Investment Management Advisory Firm of the Year in the United Kingdom – 2020.

The winners are chosen through client testimonials, key transactions, rankings, overall reputation, publication contributions, speaking engagements and the performance and standing of teams and individual advisory experts.

Since 2010, the Global Law Experts annual awards have been celebrating excellence, innovation and performance across the legal communities from around the world.  Their guide is considered the premier guide to leading advisory experts throughout the world.  They are the only organisation to recommend just one expert in each chosen specialism and country.

To read more about Global Advisory Experts, please visit their website.


Sturgeon Ventures, Regulated and Authorised by the FCA in the UK and the SEC in the USA,  is the pioneer of Regulatory Incubation

 The term Regulatory Incubator was pioneered by Sturgeon Ventures in 2001, the first regulatory hosting platform for the wholesale firms in the UK. We are a trusted partner and venture catalyst offering regulated hosting, regulatory incubation. Sturgeon Ventures is the longest running and most experienced wholesale regulatory incubator in the United Kingdom.  Being  Authorised and Regulated by the FCA, enables us to offer regulatory activities that work towards your application for FCA Authorisation and continue with compliance monitoring after direct applications

Since 1998 the firm has incubated over 150 start ups including a number of established firms from the USA and other countries launching their British (UK) businesses.  By delivering bespoke solutions to our clients, a financial services company can be launched in weeks not months.

As well as a leading regulatory incubator firm, we are third party investment managers for start up funds and advisors and single and multiple family offices.

Sturgeon Ventures’ mission is, and always has been, to provide world-class advice and solutions that create lasting relationships.

How do we differ from other incubators hosting solutions? 

  • We charge a fixed, flat monthly fee, (in most cases) for the Advisor Incubation with a number of options. Our Portfolio Management Services cover managed accounts and funds closed and open ended.
  • We have in-house Portfolio Managers (Certified Persons)s and use Outsourced Traders if needed so we can also be the Manager with Advisory Services coming from overseas.
  • There is a short minimum and no maximum stay, although most firms have to be in the umbrella for a minimum of 6 months, to enable persons to achieve FCA competency levels which we are to sign up.
  • We have a number of fee options, please contact us to discuss further. Our competitors are in some cases double our fees.

Sturgeon Ventures are fully regulated Investment Advisor by SEC, can market into, and manage USA money and we have Joint Ventures with Management Companies in countries like Hong Kong, Cayman, Ireland, Luxembourg and Malta

Sturgeon Ventures is a Signatory to the UN PRI as of this year and we embed ESG across our relevant mandates plus link

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Sturgeon have been nominated and won many awards including over the last 20 years highlighting the most recent within the last 4 years:


M&A Global Awards 2020 Financial Innovator of the Year 2020, M&A Global Awards 2020 Best Regulatory Incubator 2020, ACQ Country Awards 2020 Best Regulatory Incubator 2020, ACQ Country Law Awards 2020 – UK Best Practice Operator (Regulatory Incubator)


Hedge week 2019 European Services Awards and other winners over 2019.


Lawyer International Global Awards 2018 – Best Regulatory Incubator 2018 & FinServ Game Changer Innovation Award 2018,  Superior Lawyers Awards 2018 – Start-up Compliance Consultancy Firm of the Year – UK,  ACQ5 Global Awards 2018 – Europe Regulatory Hosting Platform of the Year and ACQ 5 – Global Awards 2018 – UK Family Office Wealth Advisor of the Year.


ACQ Awards 2017 – Europe, Regulatory Hosting Platform of the year, UK, ACQ Awards 2017 – Game Changer of the Year – Seonaid Mackenzie, ACQ Awards 2017UK – Family Office Wealth Advisor of the Year, ACQ Awards 2017 – International Business Strategy Consultancy of the Year, M&A Awards 2017 UK –  Compliance Consultancy – Start-up Issues, M&A Awards 2017 – UK Adivsor of the Year – Seonaid Mackenzie, Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards –  Best Regulatory Incubator 2017, Acquisition International Magazine’s annual awards  – FinServ Gamechanger Innovation Award 2017

Sturgeon Ventures are proud to have signed up to HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter, since its start in July 2016; as well as being a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investment, visibly demonstrating our commitment to ESG investing.

It’s founder, Seonaid Mackenzie, has written a contributing chapter in “Successfully Launching A Hedge Fund In Europe: Practical Guidance For New Managers” on the subject of pioneering Regulatory Incubation.  Along with company contributions to industry publications such as Acquisition International and The Corporate Financier.


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