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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 Group adds ex-HSBC banker to UK team

Specialist financier Falcon Group has appointed Lee Casey as Business Development Manager to drive the provision of competitive and flexible funding to under served businesses across central England. Previously a Business Relationship Manager for HSBC, Casey’s appointment will strengthen Falcon’s expertise and, in turn, enable it to better service the funding requirements of businesses across the region. Global Banking & Finance Review reports

Australia’s Mining Monthly reports on Falcon’s new Perth office

Following the success of its Sydney office – established in October 2015 – Falcon Group has opened a second office in Australia, located in Perth. It does so as part of its efforts to increase the liquidity available to clients located in Western Australia. In particular, Falcon aims to support the mining and mining services industries by providing specialist finance to support both domestic and international assets of the Mid-Market sector. Australia’s Mining Monthly reports

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

Falcon Group opens Australia office – hiring team from GE Capital

Falcon Group, has opened an office in Sydney, Australia – providing the region with sophisticated, bespoke, corporate and trade finance solutions. Heading the new office will be Paul Mitchell, previously the General Manager of Business Development distribution finance for Australia and New Zealand at GE Capital. Mitchell will be joined by Louis Edwards, who was previously a Sales Manager at GE Capital, as Sales Director. GTR 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.