We’re here to help owner managers make money from the sale of their businesses, develop sensible strategies which help them meet their objectives, and give them a hand to implement them. This service is relevant to a spectrum of financial circumstances, from intense difficulty to good profitability and a solid balance sheet.
This is the strategic advisory thread that runs through all that we do whether we characterise it as Corporate Finance, Business Sales or Restructuring and turnaround services. Above all what we do is aimed at helping you to define and achieve your commercial objectives.
Achieving a sale for my business required calmness, consistency and bucket fulls of negotiating skills. Rosemary exhibited all these over an extended period and achieved a remarkable outcome given the limitations we found ourselves in. She was always available for advice and took part in difficult, protracted discussions at all hours of the day and night. The calm professionalism of FPN, together with their insight into the processes and their experience of similar sales, made the resulting sale a huge relief for me. I have no doubt that they achieved the very best result possible and would recommend their services to anyone.
“Your ability to grasp the issues with very little in the way of brief was exemplary. If only all experts were so reliable and insightful.”
Antony has an eclectic mix of business and financial skills. He is a highly experienced business development manager, a successful entrepreneur and a skilled corporate recovery specialist. Whilst a registered insolvency practitioner my experience is that his main focus is to do the best for his client regardless of how hard the road and intractable the problems. If you have business issues there is no better professional to have by your side.
Rosemary Penn-Newman is a corporate finance star. She has exceptional analytical skills which allows her to provide the best solution for your business and ensure that you have both adequate financial resource for your needs and the most appropriate financial partner. Her contacts in both the equity and debt markets are of the highest calibre which ensures the integrity of any transaction that she recommends. However, it is not only in corporate finance that she excels, she is an entrepreneur and has twice started her own business. She therefore understands the risk and reward ratios far better than members of the “big four” firms whose existence is far removed from the realities of business ownership but with the added benefit of having worked at KPMG and Begbies Traynor giving her the best experience of all worlds. She is also a person of the highest integrity which is always reassuring when you are making some of the most important decisions of your life. If you have a business problem whether it is accelerating your growth profile or seeking remedial advice and finance make talking to Rosemary the first thing you do.
This lady epitomises the phrase “when the going gets tough the tough get going“
This is the text of an email from Stephen Davies QC, head of Guildhall Chambers in Bristol regarding the resolution, through mediation, of a complex insolvency dispute on which Antony acted as an expert witness alongside Stephen, who was Senior Counsel.
“Goodness me. Didn’t you do well against all the odds – Very well done”
I have found Rosemary’s client skills, transactional discretion and deal making capabilities, and Antony’s understanding of his own and his clients’ trades coupled with a strong ability to overcome obstacles intelligently and creatively to be outstanding.
“Rosemary was very professional and made the transaction as smooth as it could possibly be including bringing in the legal team,” he added. “We were dealing with an American company so FPN made the liaison process smoother with an intuitive understanding of the American market and late night calls to accommodate the time zones. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
We were recently involved in a substantial claim by a Liquidator against former directors for misfeasance and other heads of claim which required expert input from an accountant who ideally also held an insolvency licence. He was needed to advise on the losses caused by the directors activities. We were recommended to instruct Antony Fanshawe of FPN and he subsequently provided an excellent in depth report. Furthermore he later attended successful settlement negotiations. In fact, it was his clear understanding of the figures and his ability to clearly explain his loss calculations and methodology that persuaded the opponents to settle before trial.
We have since retained Antony to advise on another two matters of substance (one of which is not insolvency related) and in both cases we have received plaudits from both the clients and senior counsel in relation to his work and in particular his grasp of the complex issues.
These are the people to go to if you want a genuinely creative solution.
I have worked with Antony in many challenging cases over the past 25 years. He always responds quickly and has the ability to ‘think out of the box’ coming up with creative solutions to what may appear to be intractable problems. A pleasure to deal with.
Rosemary and Antony have helped us enormously throughout the process (of taking over Portsmouth Football Club), bringing a very good grounded commercial approach and enormous experience to what has been a long and difficult road for the Trust
I have worked with Antony and Rosemary for over 10 years on a range of projects from expert witness to structured fund raising. Their advice and support has enabled several management teams to complete MBOs of orphan companies during parent company restructuring. I found their approach to be professional, timely and innovative.