Our History

Early Days

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 office’s 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 in 2004, 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 venture fund managers, leading to hedge fund managers and long only managers, distressed debt advisors and leading US firms nurturing their London offices within the incubation of Sturgeon Ventures.

In 2007 Sturgeon shared its innovative Regulatory Incubation, which we also called a Regulatory Umbrella with another firm who went on to create Regulatory Hosting as a competitive arrangement, and use of the term Regulatory Hosting emerged in 2012; competitors use the terms in tandem or on their own.


New Ventures are always enthused and many passionate when speaking of Sturgeon’s relationships past and present which can be further seen under Testimonials. Ventures are always delighted to not only share their experiences of Sturgeon, many also share ideas and it is quite common place that clients and internal ventures get together, to share ideas and experiences. Note an Appointed Representative Firm is not our client, we know it as a “Venture”. It is integral to us as the Principal Firm, their Clients and the ARs clients are Sturgeon’s from a regulatory point of view.

Sturgeon Ventures known as the wholesale pioneer of The Regulatory Incubator, sometimes now called a Regulatory Umbrella Service or Regulatory Hosting platform, is seen as the leading wholesale firm in this sector. Sturgeon are often the first call of a law firm or a hedge fund consultant, but if we believe we are not the correct trusted partner, we will introduce you to the best alternative for you, as we know most of their peers in the industry.  In the words of Sturgeon’s founding partner, “No one is our competitor, they are all our trusted partners”.

We are jurisdiction neutral, we engage with Funds and their Managers, Corporate Financiers and Innovative Ventures on a global basis who wish to have a UK business.

Wealth management:

Sturgeon and its Appointed Representative Firms, continue to be advisors to Single Family Offices (SFOs) and Multi-Family Offices (MFOs).

Corporate Finance:

Sturgeon and its’ Appointed Representative Firms have advised on fund raisings both private and public and also on acquisitions in the last ten years.

Investor Relations & Due Diligence Services:

Sturgeon Compliance Services, also offers due diligence and investor relation services.


Sturgeon Ventures Regulatory Hosting and FCA approval

Other Pages of Interest

Sturgeon Ventures Awards List


About Seonaid Mackenzie