Our Business

Assisting businesses to finance their growth ambitions

Since the financial crisis, many of the traditional funding channels have significantly reduced the lending capacity due to reduced risk appetite, regulatory capital constraints and balance sheet restructuring. This has created a notable change in European debt markets, where the funding provided by institutions rather than traditional banks has become a reliable alternative source of funding for business.

The increase in private debt, often referred as “alternative finance” or “direct lending”, has transformed how small and medium sized businesses finance their growth. SME and mid-cap businesses are generally unaware of the private debt market offering, where the sheer range of providers and instruments is often confusing and challenging.

The principal hurdle facing the Private Debt is not a lack of capital but a lack of commercial awareness by borrowers.

At Brain Advisory Partners, we help our clients obtain funding from a wide range of international institutions, for fundraisings, financing and growth strategies. We have successfully supported companies internationally with revenues between $10 – $500 million across a wide range of sectors to develop their growth strategies and then secure the necessary funding.

Sourcing, Structuring and Securing debt funding for SME companies. You can trust our independence and experience.

Corporate financing services

The process of securing funding in the private debt market is significantly different from the traditional banking sectors.

When you need to grow or are at a critical stage in your company’s evolution, we will help you secure the funding you need. We will work closely with you, adopting a structured approach to review your options, position your your requirements to the financial markets and assist you secure the necessary funding.

We do not directly represent any investment or financing institution.  This independence ensures we recommend the best options for you, with an approach to sourcing, structuring and securing funding that precisely matches your objectives.

Alternative funding

We have considerable experience of the rapidly evolving alternative finance sector, providing increasingly diverse and transparent ways to fund businesses.

Structured finance products

We work closely with international institutions who will act as your financing partner to create bespoke working capital instruments such as supply chain financing, contract and asset-based lending, CID services, and loans products.

Real estate development

We will help you secure the most appropriate specialist finance for your infrastructure and other large capital projects. Our impressive track record of sourcing funding solutions covers a wide range of private and public sector projects, from medium-scale new builds and redevelopments to significant international sites in industrial, commercial, mixed use, tourism and residential sectors.

Equity Raises

We help raise vital equity through a wide range of international channels for many businesses, from early stage companies to mature SME’s and Mid Cap enterprises.

Mezzanine, Senior and Subordinated Debt

We structure and arrange financing debt including senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt, which can include credit facilities, term loans and uniquely structured debt placements. The debt can be secured, unsecured and insurance-backed, and structured to avoid equity dilution.

Debt re-financing

We can support you engage with both national and international institutions to restructure your existing debt profiles, to increase efficiency and flexibility.

Divestures

Divestures demand a highly coordinated process to maximize the opportunity for all stakeholders. We will support you throughout, from initial preparation to identifying, and approaching potential buyers globally. We can initiate and manage bidding processes and work with all parties to ensure everyone benefits from sustainable success.

Strategic Operations

Joint ventures, strategic co-operation and technology licensing are all effective alternatives to organic growth, through strategic operations. We work collaboratively to produce a clearly defined, effective business case that maximizes the synergies of businesses and markets.

Brain Partners

All our partners have enjoyed successful corporate careers in leading multinational businesses, and gone on to establish excellent reputations as independent advisors, helping business leaders develop their companies.

Like you, we are committed and ambitious entrepreneurs. We talk your language and are eager to help it you achive even greater success.
Paul Sheppard
Paul Sheppard
Founding Partner
Professional advisor, who is passionate and committed to business development. Whether it involves funding or strategic operations, if Paul believes in your company, he will support you resolutely at all times . This dedication gives entrepreneurs the confidence to focus on leading their business and building something big.
Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson
Senior Partner
A senior banking Industry professional who specializes in underwriting, business development and client relationships. Alex is highly successful in developing bespoke investment and financing solutions, across a wide range of sectors.
Philipp Straehl
Philipp Straehl
Senior Partner
Philipp is a business executive and client advisor. He has spent much of his career helping clients shape, plan and execute complex market penetration and business transformation initiatives, to support their business growth.
Luca Canepa
Luca Canepa
Senior Partner
A certified non-exec business leader and adviser, Luca has extensive international business development experience, gained whilst supporting a portfolio of companies across FMCG/Food, Retail, Luxury, Printing, Media and Entertainment, ICT and High Tech.
Joachim Zimmermann
Joachim Zimmermann
Partner
Joachim has built a successful career with over 30 years’ experience specializing in Human Capital Management, Business Development and M&A. Combining his national and international expertise with an entrepreneurial drive, Joachim focuses on supporting clients through transformation, business development and mergers and acquisitions.
Marty Parsons
Marty Parsons
Partner
Marty is a passionate entrepreneur leveraging international expertise, knowledge, and market insight to support clients, even in the most challenging situations. Established as an independent business advisor in 2006, Marty brings 20 years’ experience in executive and general management roles.
Eugenio Scaramuzza
Eugenio Scaramuzza
Partner
Eugenio is a successful and dynamic entrepreneur with an ethos defined by the concept of partnership and collaboration. Following a successful career in the merchant banking industry Eugenio now operates as an Independent Expert Advisor covering M & A’s, Investment Banking and Corporate Finance processes.
Emilio Tognetti
Emilio Tognetti
Partner
Emilio is a transition and re-financing specialist with international experience in supporting customers with demanding requirements. His expertise ranges from corporate finance to business strategy, reorganization and performance improvement. An out-of-the-box thinker, Emilio has led complex projects in US, UK, Brazil, and widely across Europe.
Yair Doari
Yair Doari
Partner
Yair is an experienced senior business operator and client advisor. He has spent much of his career helping clients shape, plan and execute complex business development initiatives to support growth and efficient delivery of services. As founding partner in Galil Consultant Ltd, Yair has lead significant programs on international business development, JVs, technology transactions and M&A.
Frits Verheesen
Frits Verheesen
Partner
Frits has over 20 years’ experience as an independent advisor, managing director and business unit manager across a wide range of industrial sector. Serving clients both nationally and internationally, his approach aims to develop long-term win-win relationships and deliver sustainable strategic advantages.
Tony Koechli
Tony Koechli
Partner
Tony specializes in merger and acquisition projects, strategy and business planning, operational engagements (turnaround, consolidations, lean) and market entry and feasibility. His record of successfully supporting clients extends across Asia, North and South America, and Europe.
Manfred Christahl
Manfred Christahl
Partner
Manfred is a senior business operator and client advisor with renowned expertise in the chemical and chemistry-related industry sectors. He developed his career at senior levels in global chemical groups before establishing his own independent practice, supporting SMEs and global businesses across M&A and market development operations.

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