Shah Farsi, Managing Director CAT Factory

My recommendation to fellow aspiring fund managers is to get a call with Ms.Seonaid Mackenzie, the Founder of Sturgeon Ventures. Through years of experience in empowering entrepreneurs, Seonaid shared some important legal and regulatory points with me and my team which will be very critical to our journey and, even though our business model was not something Sturgeon could directly help with, we were pointed to the right direction and received several valuable introductions. January 2021.

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Kristian Bagger, Managing Director Moelis & Company UK LLP

Sturgeon Ventures supported Moelis & Company by providing an ‘umbrella’ UK compliance function for our European advisory practice. This temporary solution enabled our firm to be in a position to provide financial advice to our clients rapidly while, in parallel, Sturgeon Ventures assisted CCL Compliance in applying for our own full FCA authorisation. Sturgeon Ventures worked seamlessly with our US compliance function during both the incubation and transition period. We found their advice and service to be both professional and invaluable for an advisory firm such as ours seeking to establish a UK base in a rapid and efficient manner.

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Robert Mundy, Research Tree

We have had the good fortune to have worked with Seonaid and the team at Sturgeon for close to four years now. They have consistently provided intelligent, nimble and high quality support and advice. As a guide to help Research Tree compliantly navigate the fast-changing environment in which we operate, Sturgeon has been first-rate. Thank you to all the team and we are very much looking forward to the further growth of our ongoing relationship.

Research Tree Testimonial

Nic Brisbane, Managing Partner Forward Partners

Sturgeon helped us get started really fast by providing regulatory cover as the Portfolio Manager. Assisting with implementing process and procedures as the governance team on the Investment Committee so we could launch fast, helping us to operate as a regulated entity, with our own firm as the Appointed Representative to be the advisor and promoter, until such time as we get directly authorised. It was also encouraging that the Sturgeon team took a real interest in our investee companies.

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Raymond Greaves, finnCap

Sturgeon Ventures provided us with the Regulatory Framework to launch our fund as the Interim Portfolio Manager and essential compliance functions when the Slide Rule Fund, a UK small/mid-cap fund was launched on the Montlake Platform; whilst Finncap upgraded our regulatory permissions. The team were helpful, friendly and patient, and provided lots of useful advice and help well above compliance duties. Overall, a very positive experience.

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Alexander Kalis, Managing Partner Milltrust International LLP

I have known Seonaid professionally for nearly two decades. There are few people in the industry that look after their clients with the genuine commitment and consideration that she brings to this business. We are not just her clients but we are treated like an extended family.

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Jonathan Cohen, RoboCap

Launching a fund is a challenge as you have to navigate across a jungle of service providers and you can provide efficiency in this process. I remember when we met last year. In one meeting you understood what I wanted to achieve and made all relevant introductions. You are an entrepreneur and understand what we are going though. This is key. We went though good and challenging times. I remember when we had the issue with a press release. Having a partner who does not “point fingers” but assumes its responsibility is important.


Cliff Fluet, Managing Director Eleven

Sturgeon Ventures has provided continued and sterling support to Eleven for over five years. The team are responsive, thorough and provide a robust yet flexible approach to regulation and incubation. We recommend them wholeheartedly.

Dominic Kennedy, Willis Towers Watson

I have worked with Seonaid and her team for some time having been introduced by a mutual contact. Seonaid is incredibly knowledgeable and well respected and I have found the wider Sturgeon team to be professional and, above all, client driven. As a client, it is has been a pleasure working with them.

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Kevin Pakenham, Pakenham Partners

We were introduced to Seonaid and her team in February 2011, so we could provide un-interrupted service to our investment banking clients. Nine years later, we have advised twenty completed M&A transactions, and we still rely on Sturgeon Ventures to provide us with regulatory cover. The reason is simple: with Sturgeon at our back we can concentrate our efforts on meeting our client needs, confident that we are also meeting fully our compliance responsibilities.

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