Testimonials

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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.

    www.moelis.com

    Regulatory Hosting Testimonial

    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.

     www.research-tree.com

    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.

    www.forwardpartners.com

    Regulatory Umbrella Testimonial

    Raymond Greaves, finnCap

    Sturgeon Ventures provided us with the Regulatory Framework to launch our fund https://www.finncap.com/slide-rule-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.

    www.finncap.com

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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.

    www.milltrust.com

    Mill Trust testimonial for Sturgeon Ventures

    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.

    www.robocapfund.com

    Robocap

    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. elevenadvisory.com

    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. Willis Towers Watson Testimonial

    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.

    www.pakenhampartners.com

    Packenham Partners Testimonial

    Mike Kirby, KB Associates

    KB Associates has worked successfully with Sturgeon on a number of mandates both Irish AIFs and UCITs using their Man Cos and Self Managed; where we have delegated day to day Portfolio Management to Sturgeon, with advice from its Appointed Representatives. Our joint model has been very effective for start up and established managers.

    www.kbassociates.ie

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    Nick Rutter, Partner Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

    It is always a pleasure to work with Sturgeon Ventures.  Seonaid and her team have a refreshingly creative, problem-solving approach, and are strongly focused on helping clients achieve their goals while understanding their regulatory responsibilities.

    www.mms.co.uk

     

    Jamie Thomson, Business Development Manager, Howden Risk Partners

    Sturgeon Ventures introduced us to great business partners in Malta and we would recommend them to any start ups in the financial services industry. We have referred them business in the UK and also had business referred to us from their network. I would happily advise to any of our Hedge Fund and Private Equity clients to use the services that Sturgeons services provide. The have a wealth of knowledge but also small enough to provide a very personal touch to each client.

    www.howdengroup.com

    Sturgeon Ventures Regulatory Umbrella

    Peter Hughes, CEO Apex Fund Services

    Apex Fund Services has worked with Sturgeon for almost a decade as a delegated portfolio manager to fund structures in a number of the jurisdictions. Sturgeon are experienced, committed and engaging with start-up and experienced managers from around the world, and we recognise the strengths of their team and value their independence.

    www.apexfundservices.com

    Sturgeon Ventures Regulatory Umbrella

    Henry Talbot-Ponsonby and William Rudebeck, Venture Capital Partners

    We are a breakaway team from a past Umbrella Incubated Client of Sturgeon Ventures LLP. We found SV’s team to be professional in all their dealings with our firm, and a great stepping stone and mentor to our own independent authorisation with the FCA within a 2 year period. The added bonus, was they introduced us to a client with whom we had a successful transaction.

    www.venturecapitalpartners.co.uk

    Sturgeon Ventures Testimonial

    Owen Sweetman, Angelise Limited

    OS Capital LLP engaged with Bourne Financial LLP to be the Portfolio Manager of its investment business with OS Capital LLP as its AR in July 2005. This structure was the brainchild of Miss Seonaid Mackenzie who co-ventured with Bourne Financial LLP’s principal, who had changed its name under her guidance, from Man Corpus Asset Management to encourage the offering to link with the offices of Bourne Financial then in Broadgate, in the city of London.

    Once the Sturgeon team realised that phase two of their regulatory incubator as portfolio managers was a winner, Sturgeon became an LLP and a manager in 2006. Again Seonaid and her team have given us invaluable advice and guidance to our family office over the last 5 years.

    We would recommend any financial services startup to use Seonaid and her entrepreneurial team at Sturgeon Ventures.

    Stuart Knight, Haibun Partners LLP

    Sturgeon Ventures LLP played a large part in the successful launch of Haibun Partners LLP with their incubation of Haibun Partners under the regulatory umbrella of Sturgeon Ventures; they were also able to assist us with the intricate application for FCA registration. Sturgeon Ventures provided us with the foundations to begin our work with confidence and without delay.

    http://www.haibun.co.uk/

    Regulatory Umbrella Testimonial

    James Mabey, Chief Operating Officer MC2 LLP

    When we launched in June 2011, Sturgeon Ventures were the standout performer and we were portfolio managers within the firm, till our firm became directly authorised early in 2012. Seonaid and team quickly understood our investment strategy, infrastructure and enabled us to hit the ground running. A truly dynamic and highly efficient team, with undeniable perseverance and professional commitment.

    Paul Sullivan, Partner Grisons Peak LLP

    A Corporate Finance and Advisory Firm. The regulatory incubation services of Sturgeon Ventures helped us to rapidly grow our business when we needed it from a regulatory standpoint for our first two years. Sturgeon Ventures advised us on our FCA application and it was approved 6 weeks from submission; which greatly exceeded our expectation. We were very happy with Sturgeon’s services and would have no hesitation in recommending them to other firms.

    http://www.grisonspeak.com/

     

    Simon Gubbay, Asset Management Grangeford

    We never used Sturgeon, but their nurture attitude to start ups – makes one recommend them to all. I only wish I had met them a year before starting the direct authorisation process as it would have saved us so much time and expense

    www.grangeford.com

    We recommended Simon to one of our “Trusted Partners”, as we in this instance could not assist at this time, but proving again we have no competitors only “Trusted Partners” and we found Simon the appropriate “regulatory incubator” for his profile.  We partner many in our industry.  Seonaid Mackenzie

    Emma Davidson, Affinity Capital

    Affinity Capital has been with Sturgeon Ventures for 4 years on the 11 Oct 2015. In the beginning, Seonaid Mackenzie and her fantastic team were essential in helping us launch our company in 2011 when things were tough in the financial industry and times were challenging. As someone who had worked in top tier investment banks for almost 12 years, I was anxious about the regulatory transition from big corporate to small start- up. I only ever saw the AR model as something that would be temporary until I applied for my own direct license. Sturgeon were and still are one of the most professional and organised teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with. They have alleviated all of the regulatory stress and worry leaving us to focus on getting our company off the ground and flying. I have loved working with Sturgeon so much so that 4 years later, I remain an AR and feel happy to continue on my journey with the most qualified compliance team I have ever dealt with.

    www.affinitycapital.co.uk

    Sturgeon Ventures Testimonial

    Dermot Campbell, Founder and CEO Kuber Ventures Ltd

    Sturgeon has been a really brilliant partner to our business. Not only do they allow us to trade by making us their Appointed Representative, but they also give us a host of other support. This ranges from the advice and guidance on the complex area of regulatory compliance to the general advice when it comes to making difficult business decisions. Seonaid Mackenzie is exceptionally knowledgeable about her field, is an experienced entrepreneur is also very well connected. Sturgeon is far more than just an incubator; they have been an invaluable source of advice, contacts and support.  Sturgeon Ventures was our Principal from  19/11/2012 to 31/1/2020.

    www.kuberventures.co.uk

    Regulatory Incubator Testimonial

    Doug Shaw, Roxbury Credit Events Fund

    Partnering with Sturgeon & KB Associates in Dublin, we were able to start managing money for clients far quicker. Partnering with Sturgeon, we were able to reach our start line months earlier.

    www.roxbury-am.com

    Regulatory Hosting testimonial

    Markus Seywerd, Chief Investment Officer Park Lane Capital, SICAV plc.

    A Hedge Fund.

    When we set-up our fund structure in Malta five years ago very few people knew anything about the jurisdiction. Sturgeon Ventures helped us establish a cost effective regulatory solution that has contributed to our success.

    pklncap.com/

    Dishang Patel, Founding Partner, Earlsfield Capital

    Without Seonaid and the whole team at Sturgeon, I can truly say it would have been very difficult and time consuming for us to navigate the regulatory on boarding of our business in such a smooth and seamless fashion. What’s most impressive is how Sturgeon can talk to us as entrepreneurs as they have experienced the journey themselves having felt the pain, success, ups and downs of starting their own businesses too. Let’s also not forget, the network that comes with working with Seonaid and the team, is absolutely top notch!

    https://www.earlsfieldcapital.com/

    Regulatory Incubation Testimonial

    Mark Kelly, CFA Brooksbridge Capital

    The team at Sturgeon are knowledgeable, responsive, flexible and a pleasure to deal with. We initially chose Sturgeon over other regulatory and hosting providers because at our very first meeting they were able to understand and map out solutions to meet our complex requirements. This was aided by Seonaid’s experience in managing money, expertise in regulatory compliance and ability to act as interim committee member in Malta. Partnering with an experienced team of compliance and investment professionals from day one has reduced the stress of meeting our regulatory obligations, allowing us to focus on developing our trading and investment strategies. We have maintained this relationship and see Sturgeon as a valued long-term partner.

    www.brooksbridge.com

    Janine Lewis, CEO InvestSure

    InvestSure is a pioneering property development funding platform which launched with a new syndicated offering with no experience of regulated business.  Seonaid, and her marvellous team, gave us the much needed guidance and support we needed whilst we learned about regulated transactions. They are a fabulous, warm hearted team and we have been grateful to have found them to help guide us through some difficult times.

    www.investsure.co

    Regulatory Incubation Testimonial

    Paul Poggi, Chief Operating Officer Harris Williams & Co.

    Harris Williams & Co. is a preeminent middle market investment bank providing M&A advisory services to clients worldwide. As a US firm, having Sturgeon Ventures as our Regulatory Incubator was invaluable for the start-up of our United Kingdom subsidiary. Sturgeon assisted with the regulatory and corporate governance side of our business, from building the infrastructure and procedures to training our junior and senior professionals and assisting out public relations efforts by ensuring compliance with required financial promotions procedures.

    https://www.harriswilliams.com/

    Regulatory Umbrella Testimonial

    Jean C Farrugia, Partner DF Advocates, Malta

    We have had the pleasure of working with Sturgeon Ventures on a number of projects involving the setting up of funds and other regulated investment services businesses. We found in Sturgeon an invaluable partner, consistently professional and knowledgeable about the EU investment services framework, always proactive, receptive and available to discuss matters in order to work out intelligent and ad hoc solutions catering for the various needs of our common clients.  February 2018

    http://dfadvocates.com/

    Regulatory Hosting Testimonial

  • Konstatin Krebs, Managing Partner Capstan Capital

    Sturgeon has been with us from the beginnings of our firm. The team not only made sure that we never had any compliance related hitches, they also provided highly valuable advice in various areas of our business development. For us, they are not just compliance supervisors but an important business partner. www.capstan-capital.com Sturgeon Ventures Regulatory Compliance

    Richard Peak, The Helmsley Group

    Walker Morris introduced us to Sturgeon Ventures. Sturgeon incubated us for a short period, albeit our business has been around for 30 plus years. Further to investigation by Walker Morris, our legal advisers, the FCA agreed that our property and loan syndicates were not Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). However our schemes were caught by the Unregulated Collective Investment Scheme (UCIS) rules. As such, we needed an Operator, and our senior management and staff needed to learn how the FCA compliance worked.

    Working with Sturgeon Ventures and their team during the incubation and after, has been a rewarding experience. Sturgeon Academy, Sturgeon’s in-house training, taught us many fundamental governance tips that we took back and have implemented into our long-term corporate governance. We were also impressed when different team members have visited us on monitoring visits. Sturgeon’s team members also attended our investor annual meetings; which we believe again, highlights to our investors how compliance and governance is integrated and embraced into our daily business and is part of our culture.

    www.helmsley.co.uk

    Sturgeon Compliance Testimonial

    Henry Talbot-Ponsonby and William Rudebeck, Venture Capital Partners

    We are a breakaway team from a past Umbrella Incubated Client of Sturgeon Ventures LLP. We found SV’s team to be professional in all their dealings with our firm, and a great stepping stone and mentor to our own independent authorisation with the FCA within a 2 year period. The added bonus, was they introduced us to a client with whom we had a successful transaction.

    www.venturecapitalpartners.co.uk

    Sturgeon Ventures Testimonial

    Stuart Knight, Haibun Partners LLP

    Sturgeon Ventures LLP played a large part in the successful launch of Haibun Partners LLP with their incubation of Haibun Partners under the regulatory umbrella of Sturgeon Ventures; they were also able to assist us with the intricate application for FCA registration. Sturgeon Ventures provided us with the foundations to begin our work with confidence and without delay.

    http://www.haibun.co.uk/

    Regulatory Umbrella Testimonial

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