London, 30 November 2021: Soho Square Capital (“Soho Square”), an investment firm focused on serving the financing needs of established and growing UK and European SMEs, launched today.
With a proven team that has been investing together for over 15 years, Soho Square closely aligns its interests with the companies it partners with and structures its investment, typically in the form of senior or preferred capital with minority equity stakes, to enable change, drive growth and support ambitious leaders to realise their long-term goals.
Co-Managing Partners Stephen Edwards and Walid Fakhry commented:
“The niche SME market continues to provide great opportunities, with the often-complex requirements of corporates playing to Soho Square’s deep expertise and best-in-class skillsets.
“Our solutions are more flexible than traditional credit financing while minimising the equity dilution for business owners that is a feature of traditional private equity. By enabling founders to maintain more control we deliver a strong alignment of interest with shareholders, which is particularly attractive to both founders and management teams.
“We are excited to get to work as Soho Square Capital to deliver a compelling proposition for our partner companies and we would like to thank our existing and new investors for their support for our latest fund that has recently closed.”
The experienced Soho Square team work closely with ambitions leaders to provide hands on support and guidance for the course of the investment, alongside a bespoke financing solution.
The Soho Square Partners set up Core Capital, a UK lower mid-market private equity fund, in 2004. The Soho Square team manages >£250 million AUM and has two funds under management. The current portfolio includes Alpine Fire Engineers, Arcus FM, Avonside, Brasserie Barco, Churchill Group, Netomnia and Technical Fire Safety Group.
For further information
For further information, please contact:
Stephen Edwards James Smallridge
+44 (0)7796 950664 +44 (0)79714 75582
Charlotte Balbirnie Caroline Villiers
+44 (0)7989 528421 +44 (0)7808 585184
About Soho Square Capital
Soho Square Capital is an investment firm focused on providing flexible capital solutions, typically in the form of senior or preferred capital with minority equity stakes, to established and growing UK and European SMEs. Headquartered in London, the firm is led by a highly experienced team that has been investing together for over 15 years, through many economic cycles.
Stephen Edwards, Co-Managing Partner, Soho Square Capital
Stephen co-leads the firm. He co-founded Core Capital in 2004 and has over 25 years’ experience in investing in SMEs. Stephen was formerly Managing Director at Beringea Private Equity and a Director of HgCapital and Grosvenor. He is a Chartered Accountant and started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London working in Corporate Finance where he spent six years advising on numerous private equity transactions. Stephen has led, managed or arranged over 25 transactions and is a board member of several portfolio companies. He has a BA (Hons) Economics, Durham University, and is an ACA (ICAEW).
Walid Fakhry, Co-Managing Partner, Soho Square Capital
Walid co-leads the firm. He co-founded Core Capital in 2004 having worked in strategy consulting, operations and investment banking. Walid also founded and sold one of the largest internet service providers in the Middle East. He has a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering, and a BSc. in Finance & MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).