Praetura Group provides alternative equity and debt funding solutions to SMEs, predominantly in the North of England.
Since 2011, Praetura Group has supported SMEs across the UK with over £400m, and delivered returns of over £20m to investors.
Praetura Group was founded to provide growing and ambitious companies the funding they need to succeed. By bringing a diverse range of financial services together, we can support businesses as they scale and their funding requirements change.
At Praetura, we know it takes more than just capital to build a great business. It takes funding on the right terms, with the support of people who’ve been there before. And that’s what we try to provide - more than money.
The Group was founded in 2011 by David Foreman, Peadar O’Reilly and Mike Fletcher, who all left senior roles in investment banking and asset-based lending at top financial institutions.
Peadar, a founding partner at Praetura, has over 20 years secured lending experience having previously held senior roles at Bank of Ireland and ABN Amro.
He helped establish a successful UK ABL business for Bank of Ireland and is responsible for raising over £300m of bank facilities from mainstream and specialist institutions for the Praetura Group companies. He is a founding Director of Praetura Asset Finance, Praetura Commercial Finance and Praetura Debt Co.
David co-founded Praetura with a background of over 12 years in corporate finance and venture capital. He qualified as an ACA with KPMG and has considerable experience in backing financial services and recurring revenue businesses. David has a focus on the application of data, IT and technology to enable efficiencies within businesses.
Rob is an experienced chief financial officer, with over 18 years in senior financial leadership roles. Previously Rob was Group CFO at Arrow Global Group Plc where he co-led the successful IPO on the main LSE in 2013 and the issuance of more than £1.5bn in the debt capital markets. Rob qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Manchester has served as financial director at Servisair Plc, Alfred McAlpine and Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Jonathan has extensive legal experience and is currently a partner at Hill Dickinson LLP. With a range of legal and financial expertise, Jonathan has an extensive understanding of the M&A market, covering mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, joint ventures, and more. He has overseen corporate transactions across Europe, as well as America, Australia and India.
Steve spent 13 years as CEO of FTSE 250 group AO World, the owner of AO.com and was previously CFO of Phones4U. Steve has significant expertise in scaling businesses having overseen the rapid growth at both AO World and Phones4U.
Darren is an experienced CEO and director, with significant experience in the financial services and investment sector. Formerly managing director at D.E Shaw & Co and CEO at KBC Financial Products, Darren currently sits as chairman at Peel Hunt LLP and is a non-executive director at Avoca Capital.
Danny joined Praetura in early 2014 and was instrumental in the establishment of several significant Praetura investments including Praetura Asset Finance, Praetura Commercial Finance and Sorted Group, acting as Finance Director of each upon inception. Danny has several years of board experience within the financial services, speciality finance and technology sectors. He has significant experience in raising external finance; £300m of institutional debt facilities for Praetura investments to date, including the £75m pre-securitisation facility for PAF.
Praetura Asset Finance.
Asset-based financing to businesses across the UK.
Venture capital funding to early-stage companies.
Praetura Commercial Finance.
Invoice discounting and growth finance to businesses across the UK.
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