Praetura Group provides alternative equity and debt funding solutions to SMEs, predominantly in the North West of England.
Since 2011, Praetura Group has supported SMEs across the UK with over £230m, 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.
The Group was founded in 2011 by Mike Fletcher, David Foreman and Peadar O’Reilly, who left senior roles in investment banking and asset-based lending at top financial institutions.
Mike is former Managing Director at global investment bank GCA Altium and a Chartered Accountant (PwC). Mike is an experienced venture investor and advisor to some of the North West’s leading entrepreneurs and investors. He co-founded Praetura in 2011 bringing with him specialisms in financial services, technology, ecommerce, support services and energy services.
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 £200m 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.
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.
David is Executive Chairman of Axon Moore and has more than 20 years experience in senior finance recruitment. An accountant by background, he moved in to recruitment early in his career and, after helping establish a major independent in the North of England, went on to set up Watson Moore. Over the past 10 years David has placed CFO’s into some of the north west’s most entrepreneurial businesses, many of which have featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track lists and been the subject of private equity interest and investment.
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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