Aldermore Group PLC, the London Stock Exchange Main Market Listed challenger bank, has acquired a 48% stake in AFS Group Holdings Ltd, one of the UK’s leading independent funding providers, for an undisclosed sum.
AFS, which employs 19 people across two offices in Blackburn and York, is one of the largest introducers to asset and commercial finance funders in the UK.
The new partnership, which is subject to regulatory approval, will enable Aldermore to strengthen further its leading position both in the business finance broker markets, including not only asset and invoice finance but also across commercial mortgages and property development, as well as provide further support to businesses through AFS’s franchised network.
Matthew Smith, a corporate partner in the York office of Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, together with colleagues Philip Ashworth and Fiona Philips, provided legal advice to the shareholders of AFS. Financial advice to AFS’ shareholders was provided by Tony Farmer, a partner with Garbutt + Elliott’s corporate finance team in York.
Nick Simpson, MD of AFS, said: “AFS has enjoyed a positive working relationship with Aldermore for a number of years and both businesses know each other well, so it makes absolute sense for us to strengthen our partnership through this agreement. We’re looking forward to working even more closely with the Aldermore team and are excited to have the opportunity to play an even greater part in the Bank’s exciting journey.
“We were delighted with the advice and assistance given by our advisers during the process and are very grateful for the help they provided in concluding matters.”
Matthew Smith added: “We are delighted to have helped the shareholders of AFS conclude the deal and realise their ambitions. AFS is a well-established, UK market leader and its partnership with Aldermore will help to take the business to the next level.”
Tony Farmer, corporate finance partner at Garbutt + Elliott, said: “We are very happy to have provided corporate finance advice to AFS throughout this deal and we are confident the transaction will provide the conditions for AFS to continue its growth and fulfill its plans for the future.”