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Liberum wins Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for its work with School Home Support

28 September 2016 | The Liberum Foundation

(28.09.16) Liberum Foundation, registered charity of the independent UK investment bank Liberum, has won the The Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for Education and Lifelong Learning for its work with charity School Home Support.

The award recognises excellence in companies' Corporate Community Involvement that benefits Greater London. 

Click below to see short video about Liberum's work with School Home Support.

School Home Support works with schools, local authorities and other children's settings, to provide personalised support to children and families, tackling the underlying barriers to a successful education to improve the life chances of children. 

In the year 2014/15 School Home Support worked with over 9,000 children and families in schools, many of whom face homelessness, domestic violence and extreme poverty. 

"Liberum has been supporting and working with School Home Support for five years. This shows the dedication that they have to supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the local community, " School Home Support CEO Jan Tallis said. "We are absolutely delighted that their work has been recognised with this award, and thrilled to be working in partnership together."

The Liberum Foundation raises money through charity events that involve its 160 staff and clients. Staff at the nine-year-old bank work with School Home Support to develop children’s reading skills and confidence by volunteering at local schools each week and have hosted aspiration sessions for the children and their parents to attend. 

The awards recognise organisations that make "an exemplary contribution to London’s communities…they have shown a real dedication to engaging with their local communities in a sustained and meaningful way,” the Lord Mayor of London Alderman the Lord Mountevans said. 

“We are very proud to receive this award, it is an acknowledgement of the strength of our partnership with School Home Support and recognises the commitment of Liberum employees” Liberum’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Scawthorn said. 

About Liberum

Liberum is an independently-owned pan European investment bank. The firm’s core activities are research, sales and trading in large, small & mid cap pan-European equities, as well as investment banking and advisory services including IPOs, secondary issues and mergers and acquisitions. We employ over 160 people in London and New York.

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How will MiFID II affect trading? Insight from Turquoise CEO Dr Robert Barnes

26 April 2016 | Mentions of Liberum

Liberum, the independently-owned pan European investment bank, has developed new electronic trading functionality called LIBPLUS that means professional clients can execute equity flow in multiple dark venues simultaneously, automatically and with one click.

It has acted ahead of the advent in 2018 of a revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II, which will make it imperative that dark venues are selected fairly and intelligently.

LIBPLUS means that dark order flow can now visit 34 venues in an instant, boosting the chances of executing blocks of stocks whilst minimising signalling.

In the video below, we've spoken with Dr Robert Barnes, CEO of Turquoise, to hear his thoughts on the implications of MiFID II and how Turquoise is responding in advance of the new directive.

For a quick overview of LIBPLUS, play a one-minute video here.

Contact Liberum's Head of Large Cap Cash Trading Dominic Lowres on +44 (0) 20 3100 2103 or dominic.lowres@liberum.com to know more.

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Liberum advises caution as name is used for 'boiler room' scam

08 April 2016 | Mentions of Liberum

Liberum Capital Limited’s (“Liberum”) name is being used by sophisticated ‘boiler room’ fraudsters, who are using or giving out the following details as part of their tactics to scam people in the UK and abroad.

More details can be found at the Financial Conduct Authority's web site here: http://www.fca.org.uk/news/warnings/liberum-capital-clone

Boiler Room Name: Liberum Capital

Address: 25 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9LY (clone of FCA-authorised firms address).

Telephone: 0203 608 6638

Fax: 0203 725 9262

Website: www.liberumcapitallimited.com

Email: info@liberumcapitallimited.com

We urge the public and investors to exercise extreme caution before transferring any cash or shares to any unknown party, especially an unknown individual who has contacted you unexpectedly.

Please check with your financial advisor or, if in any doubt, read the FCA’s advice on scams at http://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/scams.

New Private Equity strategy from 3 industry leaders to focus on marketplace lending industry

31 March 2016 | Mentions of Liberum

(LONDON) The continued growth of the sector and the unique investment opportunities in the marketplace lending industry are the main reasons why three key industry leaders are partnering to form LendTech Capital Partners ("LendTech"), a new investment advisor focused on private equity strategies within the marketplace lending industry. 

LendTech has been established pursuant to a joint venture between affiliates of Liberum, a London based investment bank who conceived Europe's first institutional investor in marketplace loans in 2013 and has raised over $1.9B for marketplace lending funds and platforms; Ranger Alternative Management II, LP, an investment advisor which manages two leading direct lending funds, The Ranger Specialty Income Fund and the Ranger Direct Lending Fund, the latter which is publicly traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: RDL) and Velocity Venture Group, whose members have led over $3B in strategic investments, acquisitions, and recapitalizations in the payments, transaction services, and banking industries.

LendTech is in a unique position to leverage the three affiliate partners' industry experience and access to deal flow to take advantage of one of the fastest growth Fintech sectors, Marketplace Lending.

Marketplace Lending is in a critical growth phase with the continued international disruption of bank lending, the expansion into multiple lending sectors and major financial institutions now entering the space.

In the five years to 2015, the annual volumes of the leading 8 US & UK platforms have increased by a factor of 100x, reaching $23B of loan origination in 2015. LendTech's unique expertise and insight into the Fintech sector strongly positions the strategy to make strategic investments in well-positioned Lending platforms and in the services and technology providers surrounding them.

"We strongly believe in the advantages that Marketplace Lending offers over traditional bank lending," states Cormac Leech, a director in Liberum Alternative Finance. "With their cost effective models, more friendly borrower experience and their ability to pull large amounts of borrower data quickly, Marketplace Lenders are the future of the financial industry."

LendTech's private equity strategy seeks to make Seed, Series A, and follow on investments and will focus on not just marketplace lending platforms, but also complimentary businesses in industries such as technology, media and marketing.

"The partners behind LendTech provide a tremendous advantage by enabling us to leverage well timed investments in businesses poised for rapid growth," states Andrew Rueff, a partner at Velocity Venture Group. "We are focusing investments on strategic companies that have clearly defined competitive advantages coupled with strong management teams."

"Because we have a deep understanding of the industry and how marketplace lending platform valuations are tied closely to their originations, it gives us a competitive advantage," states Bill Kassul, a principal in Ranger Alternatives Management II, LP. "In the past year, all three of LendTech's affiliate partners have been approached by private equity investors who wanted to leverage our exclusive insight into deal flow. This new fund will allow them to do this".

For more information about the LendTech Capital strategy, please contact Bryan Chambers at +1 214-207-4080 or bchambers@lendtechcap.com

About Ranger Alternative Management
The Ranger Specialty Income and the Ranger Direct Lending strategies are advised by Ranger Alternative Management II, LP. Ranger Alternative Management is an affiliate of Ranger Capital Group a holding company which controls a variety of registered investment advisers offering traditional and alternative investment opportunities to institutional and high net worth individual investors. Additional information regarding Ranger Capital Group and its affiliated investment advisers may be obtained on-line at www.rangercap.com.

About Liberum
Liberum is an investment banking group with offices in London and New York, started in 2007. It focuses on raising capital for UK and international businesses, totaling over $20 billion to date, and providing investment ideas and research to institutional investors. Liberum has a dedicated Alternative Finance team that has relationships with leading and emerging online lending platforms and funding providers globally. The team selectively combines making venture capital investments with being a development partner for platforms, leveraging Liberum's ability to source lending and equity capital in the sector – over $1.9 billion to date.

About Velocity Venture Group
Velocity is a Fintech advisory firm located in Dallas, Texas. Velocity partners with selected businesses to manage comprehensive capitalization and growth strategies. Velocity members have led over $3 billion in strategic investments, acquisitions, and recapitalizations in the payments, transaction services, and banking industries. The partners at Velocity have experience making venture capital investments, managing high growth technology businesses, and leading them through to successful exits.

Liberum releases new block trading tool ahead of MiFID II

30 March 2016 | Mentions of Liberum

(LONDON) Liberum, the independently-owned pan European investment bank, has developed new electronic trading functionality called LIBPLUS that means professional clients can execute equity flow in multiple dark venues simultaneously, automatically and with one click.

For a quick overview, play the one-minute video below.

LIBPLUS

Liberum has acted ahead of the advent in 2018 of a revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID II, which will make it imperative that dark venues are selected fairly and intelligently. 

LIBPLUS means that dark order flow can now visit 34 venues in an instant, boosting the chances of executing blocks of stocks whilst minimising signalling. 

MiFID II

“In our view, the analysis of what constitutes best execution trade-by-trade is set to become more intensive and granular and LIBPLUS helps meet that challenge,” said Dominic Lowres, Liberum’s Head of Large Cap Cash Trading. 

“MiFID II may result in some venues withering whilst others flourish,” he added.  

“LIBPLUS will visit venues democratically where liquidity is meaningful. This removes the need to constantly reassess venues daily,” he said.

LIBPLUS is Liberum’s new Smart Order Router that delivers a high spread capture of 53% on average - higher than Liberum’s peer group - according to market data analytics from Fidessa. 

A spread capture value is the price compared with the bid-offer spread. As an example, 50% means a mid-point match.

Passports

As Liberum developed LIBPLUS it found that many clients were restricting Minimum Fill Sizes so as to avoid tiny and implicitly costly fills on big ticket trades.

LIBPLUS answers this. It passports a client order to 20 dark venues with normal minimum fill sizes whilst simultaneously revisiting 14 of these with a much larger minimum fill size of around US$50,000.

Dark venues are off-exchange trading destinations where institutional investors can trade blocks of securities. 

CONTACTS

LIBPLUS is not a retail product and Liberum is unable to respond to enquiries from retail investors. Professional clients only can contact Dominic Lowres, Liberum’s Head of Large Cap Cash Trading on +44 (0) 20 3100 2103 or by email at dominic.lowres@liberum.com 

Media inquiries: Redleaf Polhill 

Emma Kane

Amy Williams

Lizzy Chesters 

Email: liberum@redleafpr.com

Call: +44 (0)20 7382 4747

ABOUT LIBERUM

Liberum is a pan-European investment bank. Its core activities are research, sales and trading in large, small & mid cap pan-European equities, as well as investment banking and advisory services including IPOs, secondary issues and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Liberum’s team of 42 research analysts cover more than 300 European stocks across nine key sectors
  • The firm was established in 2007, and employs over 160 people in London and New York
  • Further information is available at www.liberum.com

Banks and AltFi: what next?

29 October 2015 | Mentions of Liberum

Liberum Alternative Finance Analyst Cormac Leech explains in this CityAM interview his outlook on the industry and the role traditional banks may play in it.

Click here or below to read interview.

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"We think there’s enough interest in the sector now that institutional liquidity lines will be provided to P2P platforms that want to go in this direction," he tells the paper.

"And ultimately, as the sector gets bigger, I think the Bank of England will be willing to act as the buyer of last resort, of performing P2P loans in the secondary market at a discount."

Learn more about Liberum's involvement in AltFi > here

Cormac Leech +44 (0) 20 3100 2264

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