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Connecting global investors with the major opportunities in credit and growth capital

The Firm

Arbour Partners was founded in 2010 and has offices in London and Berlin.

Arbour's partners and consultants have advised and managed teams at the forefront of developments in the capital markets over several economic cycles.

Arbour requires not only that its clients outperform investment benchmarks but also that they operate with the highest standards of integrity, transparency and responsiveness to the needs of investors

Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

2016 Placement Agent of the Year, Europe by PDI (Nominee)
2015 Placement Agent of the Year, Europe by PDI (Winner)

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Current and former clients

Funding Circle is the largest market place lending platform for SMEs in the UK, USA and Continental Europe

ICG is an asset manager investing in private debt, credit and minority equity in Europe, the USA and Asia

Pemberton, backed by Legal and General, is a credit provider and direct lender in the European middle market

Crestline specialises in credit and opportunistic alternative investments in the US and European middle market

Beechbrook Capital provides debt and equity to small and medium-sized businesses in northern Europe and the UK

CORDET offers private debt and direct lending solutions for smaller mid-market companies in the Nordic region and the UK

SGM provides growth finance for North American and European industrial companies in sustainability sectors

Monroe Capital is a direct lending firm in the US lower middle market, founded in 2004

Venn Partners is a specialist manager of commercial real estate credit in Europe


James Newsome

James has been working in global markets and alternative investments for 20 years. Prior to founding Arbour Partners in 2010, James led fund development at Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Investment Group in London from 2000-2009. At Merrill Lynch James designed, originated and placed mezzanine funds, loan funds and other specialist credit programmes for global institutional investors, achieving several market firsts. James began his financial markets career at Morgan Stanley in 1999. Beginning his career in international affairs in 1990, James was appointed Press Secretary to The Prince of Wales’s Business Leaders Forum from 1995-1998.
James holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Sussex

Till Tolksdorf

Till joined Arbour Partners in 2016 to set up the German business of the firm. He has formerly been a Member of Management Board (Vorstand) of the BaFin regulated German ProCredit Bank in Ecuador where he was responsible for Private Banking, Retail Banking and Human Resources. Till has 5 years experience in Banking in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America. He holds a Diploma in Political Science at Freie University of Berlin where he specialized in international financial markets and labour markets.  

Ian Milton

Ian has over 25 years' experience in the European investment, insurance and pensions industry. Prior to joining Arbour in September 2013 he was head of UK and Irish business development at Amundi (formerly Credit Agricole Asset Management) for 10 years, promoting a wide range of traditional and alternative asset classes to UK and Irish institutional investors and wholesalers. Previous appointments included senior client development, relationship and leadership positions with the respective asset management businesses of Rothschild, Baring and Hill Samuel. Ian started his career in the insurance industry in 1982 with London & Manchester Assurance, later moving to Scottish Amicable and Hill Samuel Life.

Alexander Thiel

Alexander is a corporate finance specialist with over 20 years' experience in originating, structuring and executing corporate and project debt transactions across a variety of markets and sectors. Prior to joining Arbour Partners in 2016, Alexander co-founded Scandinavian Capital Partners in 2012, a pan-European debt advisor, arranger, and manager focused on lending to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Alexander also spent 5 years at WestLB in London as Managing Director, heading a successful structured commodity finance origination platform and 13 years with SEB Merchant Bank in Stockholm.

Lisa Booth

Lisa is a corporate lawyer whose background is mainly in private practice. Before working with Arbour Partners she spent over ten years as a partner in a City firm which she co-founded, advising principally on M&A and private equity transactions. Lisa has advised investors in a broad range of industry sectors including media, technology and healthcare and has also worked closely with institutional real estate investors in relation to cross-border investments and joint ventures. Lisa started her career at CMS Cameron McKenna. She later moved to the US firm Paul Hastings LLP, where she focussed on M&A transactions and private equity investments.