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Brexit shouldn’t dampen business’ appetite for expansion, but it may affect their funding options

With Article 50 triggered – and the formal Brexit process underway – macroeconomic uncertainty continues to impact British businesses. Yet access to credit during this period of uncertainty is critical – business must go on regardless of the geopolitical landscape. Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development, argues that opting to diversify funding sources outside of normal banking lines would give businesses a strong alternative.

Financing trade opportunities in the emerging markets

With Brexit continuing to make life difficult, British companies seeking new trade opportunities are going to have to expand their export market horizon, which means navigating unfamiliar – and potentially riskier – markets. Writing for GTNews, Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development, discusses the ways in which specialist financiers can help UK businesses broaden their trading horizons, as well as mitigate risks in these markets.

Falcon’s Will Nagle awarded CEO of the Year by Corporate Vision Magazine

Corporate Vision Magazine has recognised Falcon Group’s Will Nagle as CEO of the Year. According to the publication, “creativity, innovation and passion for the product or service are the things that separate great companies from merely good ones and these awards celebrate the individuals who, through their commitment to these areas, are the driving force behind their firms’ growth and prosperity.”

Falcon Forum – specialist lending for challenging times

TFR reports on the seventh annual Falcon Group Dubai Forum – aimed at understanding the complexities of the non-bank financing industry and its players. The Forum also analysed the current economic and banking landscape, the role of specialist financing industry as a whole and its impact on corporates. Speakers included: David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development for UK and Europe, Gurpreet Singh, Head of Fleet and Corporate Sales, MENAP, at Jaguar Land Rover, and keynote speaker  V. Shankar, CEO of Gateway Partners.

Falcon Group hosts seventh annual Dubai forum

Falcon Group welcomed around 200 delegates from around the world to explore the non-bank financing industry in depth – offering the economic, banking, specialist financing, and corporate perspectives.

The forum, which took place on  17th April at the One & Only, Royal Miraj saw speeches from David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, Emma Clark, Falcon’s Head of Business Development for UK and Europe, Gurpreet Singh, Head of Fleet and Corporate Sales, MENAP, at Jaguar Land Rover, and keynote speaker  V. Shankar, CEO of Gateway Partners.

In particular, the forum, moderated by Dubai One presenter Greg Fairlie, focused on “Specialist Lending for Challenging Times” – examining the role of specialist financing, the economic and banking landscape that makes it so crucial, and its impact on corporates.

Falcon Group cited in The Sunday Times

Speaking in a piece for The Sunday Times – in the Financial Services Technology report – Kamel Alzarka, chairman and founder of Falcon Group, comments on the rise of challenger banks in the financial landscape.

The drop in lending by UK banks has prompted the growth of non-bank solutions. Mid-cap companies, in particular, have struggled with banking support. “Peer-to-peer lending is looking increasingly like a bubble – there are some 1,800 platforms around the world,” says Alzarka. “At the same time banks are lending less – challengers will only grow.”

Falcon Group celebrates

Around 200 guests joined Falcon Group at the top of the Gherkin to celebrate a successful year. In his welcome remarks, CEO Will Nagle reported that the London office is now “up to 45 people and globally almost at around 100”.  He reported expansion of the group’s sales, legal and compliance teams and that the overall group is now rated “not far from investment grade” across the board. “That gives us targets to go for in the coming years,” said Nagle. TFR reports

World Finance interviews Falcon chair on the rise of alternative financiers

Addressing the rise and success of alternative financiers, as well as the impact of regulation and the increasing strength of traditional banks, Kamel Alzarka talks to World Finance’s Jenny Hammond for a feature on Falcon Group. In addition to discussing the benefits of alternative financing, the interview also addresses attitudes towards alternative financing, and how it is time to shake off any association with “shadow banking”.

Falcon helps lay out the future of British exporting

Has British exporting turned a new leaf? Or will the challenges of the current environment prove too difficult to overcome? In a roundtable for GTR Falcon’s Kamel Alzarka, chairman, Will Nagle, CEO and Emma Clark, Head of Business Development UK and Europe join experts from JCB, UK Export Finance, Lloyds Bank, Deutsche Bank, Aon Trade Credit and Sir Richard Needham, former Minister of State for Trade to discuss the future of British exporting.

Falcon celebrates sixth annual trade and corporate finance forum

Now in its sixth year, the annual Falcon Group trade and corporate finance forum was held on 10th May 2015 at the One & Only, Royal Mirage, Dubai. Moderated by Dubai Eye’s Richard Dean, the forum brought the region’s CEOs and CFOs together to discuss “Corporate Growth versus Global Challenges” – exploring the key role specialist financiers play in helping corporates navigate the various challenges they face, and profit from the opportunities for growth.

Discussing “Corporate Growth versus Global Challenges”, the list of speakers included Alain Madelin, a former Finance Minister of France, Chris Howarth, Chief Commercial Officer of Falcon Group, Den Sullivan, Head of Architectures and Chief Technology Officer of the Emerging Markets at Cisco, and keynote speaker Dr. Duvvuri Subbarao, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.

Falcon discusses “funding the future” at annual Dubai forum

Now in its fifth year, the annual Falcon Group trade and corporate finance forum was held on 2nd March 2014 at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. Moderated by Al Arabiya’s Nadine Hani, the forum brought the region’s CEOs and CFOs together to discuss “Alternative finance: funding the future” – how alternative financiers are contributing to economic growth, and the role they will play in a strong economy.

Discussing “Alternative finance: funding the future”, the list of speakers included Dr Nasser Saidi, Former Chief Economist of the DIFC, Mustafa Abdel Wadood, CEO of Abraaj Group, Martin Uchytil, Finance Director, Middle East at Dell, and keynote speaker Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation.

Will Nagle, CEO Falcon Group describes the global rise of alternative financiers

Having suffered from more severe global bank lending constraints, emerging market corporates have been forced to find other sources of funding. The rise of alternative financiers in the emerging markets has been significant, and has resulted in a more diversified financial landscape. Now, the developed markets are following suit, and Will Nagle, CEO of leading alternative financier Falcon Group, describes for gt news the ever-increasing appetite for alternative financing globally

Falcon Group forum prompts debate over the ‘New Financial Landscape’

The annual Falcon Group forum invited discussion on the impact of the financial and banking hangovers from the 2008 crisis on global banks, trade and the emerging markets, the rise of alternative financiers, and the opportunities for corporates in the new financial landscape. Capital Business reports on the conclusions made by the event’s speakers – experts from the World Trade Organisation, Trafigura, Microsol International, The Sunday Times and Falcon Group itself.