Cavendish launched as Scotland’s leading independent investment bank

Neil McDonald, Cavendish’s head of Scotland

SCOTLAND’S leading full-service independent investment bank, Cavendish, has been created today with the completion of the merger of Cenkos Securities and finnCap Group. Operating from Cenkos’ existing offices in Edinburgh, Cavendish will now add M&A, private capital and debt advisory to its existing equity capital markets services for both Scottish businesses.

With nearly 20 years of operations in Edinburgh, Cavendish can build on the Cenkos’ well established reputation as the leading institutional broker in Scotland to offer a wider range of services to ambitious Scottish companies.

The merger brings additional sector and specialism expertise to build on the range of clients served out Edinburgh, including in the technology, healthcare and energy sectors which are key to the Scottish economy. In addition, Cavendish’s membership of Oaklins adds global reach.

Neil McDonald, Cavendish’s head of Scotland, said: “The creation of this new full-service investment bank means we can serve growing Scottish companies which may not yet be ready to raise money on the public markets, but have a need to access either private or debt capital to fuel their ambitions. The addition of an established M&A capacity and an international network brings in the potential for Scottish businesses to acquire to grow, or for owners to either list on public markets or sell when the time is right.”

The combined operation will serve around 220 clients listed either on the London Stock Exchange or AIM, the most of any UK small and midcap investment banks.

The Cavendish name comes from a successful business within the merged company’s portfolio, and reflects that this is the start of something new, without wanting to break from the respective firms’ history and achievements.  Cavendish is well established and respected in the advisory markets and represents the full service offering of the merged company under one recognisable name.

The merger of Cenkos and finnCap was originally announced in March, received regulatory clearance in July and court approval this month.

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