Stonehage Fleming expands corporate finance team

Stonehage Fleming, one of the world’s leading independently owned family offices, announces the expansion of its Corporate Finance team with the appointment of Anastasia Shvetsova from J.P. Morgan. This closely follows Simon Boadle joining as Executive Chairman from PwC in July.

Stonehage Fleming’s Corporate Finance team provides independent corporate finance advice to shareholders and companies at every stage of the corporate lifecycle, from acquisitions and capital raising through to disposals and liquidity events. The team specialises in advising families on their commercial and business interests. The team also advises the firm’s clients on direct private equity investments.

Earlier this year the team advised on the sale of The Watch Gallery, the UK-based luxury watch retailer, to Bucherer, the leading European retailer for fine watches and jewellery.

Corporate Finance is a core part of Stonehage Fleming’s multi-disciplinary family office offering. Expansion of the team comes in response to client demand and the wider market opportunity for specialist advice.

Richard Hill, Partner, Head of Corporate Finance and Direct Investments said: “Anastasia’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for us. The current landscape of strong equity markets and valuations are supporting M&A activity and demand for specialist advice is increasing. Direct private equity investing by families and their family offices is also expanding and our business is well-placed to support our clients’ activity in this important area. I am pleased to welcome Anastasia to Stonehage Fleming and I look forward to working with her.”

Commenting on the corporate finance market, Simon Boadle, Chairman, Stonehage Fleming Corporate Finance said: “The international market has seen a considerable uplift in M&A volume over the last year, with transactions of all sizes both mega boosting activity and raising overall deal value. Given the economic and political uncertainties globally there is a huge demand for experienced and independent advice. Perhaps the hardest decisions for any entrepreneur or business leader are when to expand or sell a business or when to bring in outside investors. It requires extensive analysis and good judgement. Advisers who have experience with these decisions and an approach which addresses the family interests and the business as one, can be invaluable.”

Anastasia joins as a Senior Associate from J.P. Morgan where she sat in the Corporate Finance team for EMEA Consumer and Retail. She joined J.P. Morgan in 2012.