You may provide services that benefit local communities in the form of social housing, educational facilities or you run a charity. You have unique challenges and need a hedging or debt strategy that reflects this. We work with organisations from these sectors to provide advice on debt, fundraising and the renegotiation and restructuring of loan facilities. Our appropriate and tailored hedging or debt advice and solutions mean that you can focus on delivering essential services to the community.
We provide debt and treasury support and advice to schools, universities and higher education colleges. Our funding and hedging solutions are designed to align with your objectives. We understand the many nuances of the education sector and draw on cross-sector knowledge to deliver you comprehensive solutions and advice.
We have over 15 years' experience in the Registered Provider sector, advising on capital markets, debt and treasury and cash management. Our team of UK experts have in-depth knowledge of local market conditions as well as of the continually changing funding and treasury arena. We offer you a quality bespoke service, even after a mandated engagement is complete. Having bolstered our team through the acquisition of Canaccord Genuity’s social housing and bond advisory business, we are one of Europe’s largest teams advising the Social Housing sector.
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For treasury risk management or to access bank and capital markets (directly or through Retail Charity Bonds (RCB)), we provide a range of financial services to registered and exempt charities. Retail Charity Bonds, established with social enterprise Allia in 2014, is a platform to allow charities with major capital programmes to access medium term fixed rate funding (7-12 years) from both wholesale and retail investors. The charity borrows from RCB via an unsecured loan, and RCB issues a back to back bond to investors, branded with the charity’s name. The bond is simple fixed income security and a socially responsible investment, listed and tradeable on the London Stock Exchange.
We have considerable experience in working for groups involved in student accommodation, a sector that has recently evolved into an attractive institutional asset class. We understand your exposure to demographic change, the impact of economic trends and political shifts. With that knowledge, we are able to produce financial strategies to reduce or control your financial risk exposure. We can also help you raise debt to fund growth ambitions and improve your returns.
We provide a range of hedging strategies and derivative solutions designed to reduce volatility and protect your profitability.
Market conditions and business ambitions vary, our tailored advice considers thisread more
We are experts in structuring and arranging debt solutions for our clients. We analyse your portfolio or individual assets, and advise on the best terms and conditions that can be achieved, taking into account varying market conditions.
We work closely with our private equity, corporate and public sector clients to design bespoke solutions, built on an individual assessment of risk exposure and business objectives. The application of structured hedging strategies often becomes a crucial part of any funding package, so our team of experts, based in the UK, devise customised strategies to determine the most timely and cost effective structure for you. We’re perfectly positioned to communicate your needs to the relevant markets, ensuring that you get the best possible results.
Often mandatory, but with the right advice you can make it work in your favourread more
Management of a transaction’s interest rate exposure is often a condition of sanction from providing banks who directly benefit from providing ancillary services. We evaluate your interest rate risk and create a hedging strategy that satisfies any particular lending requirement and meets your business objectives. Unlike the bank, our strategy advice is impartial. As an independent firm, we have no other motive than to deliver a strategy that is best aligned to your business goals.
Mitigate losses and risk associated with currency fluctuationsread more
Importers, exporters and investors with overseas assets are all exposed to foreign exchange risk. Failure to analyse risk and implement a bespoke hedging strategy can lead to significant losses.
We evaluate your business’s FX exposure: transactional and translational; short, medium or long term. Some FX exposures are easily identifiable, while others are less obvious. Optimal FX management involves the ability to work within credit constraints and around the inevitable fallibility of forecasts, while also considering natural hedges.
Your commodity exposure is connected to your commercial arrangements. We understand thatread more
We structure hedge solutions that match your objectives. We understand the interaction between your commodity exposure and other commercial arrangements such as debt covenants. Our pricing capabilities provide complete transparency on pricing, and our experience and contacts within this specialised area mean we can source the best hedge counterparties.
How do you mitigate exposure to index-linked income/expenditure? We assist with this, and moreread more
Inflation risk can arise within a business either explicitly, through a contractual arrangement, or implicitly, through cost or revenue base. It is important when assessing inflation hedging requirements to identify any natural offsetting hedge already present in your business. We can advise you on how to mitigate exposure to index-linked income/expenditure. We offer you our expertise to assess the risk, ensure that the appropriate hedging structure has been chosen and negotiate fair and transparent pricing with the hedge provider.
How do you manage surplus cash? Our independent advice ensures a strategy that’s best for youread more
The risks inherent in managing surplus cash are counterparty credit risk, concentration risk and liquidity risk. We work with you to establish the intentions for the cash holdings and consider the relative importance of security, liquidity and yield, as well as factors such as risk versus return and complete capital preservation. We advise on a wide range of short-term investment opportunities, including bank treasury deposits, call accounts and money market funds, designing and documenting bespoke cash management policies and strategies. Our independence means we refuse any introductory commissions from cash product providers, instead requesting that they divert this payment to you in the form of an improved rate of return.
Unbiased and expert opinion in hedging disputes based on forensic analysis and cross-sector experienceread more
If you have a hedging dispute related to hedge mis-selling, our experience and independence means we are well placed to help with the resolution of your case. We look at the core objectives of the borrower, review all correspondence and documentation pertaining to the hedge and the pricing, as well as any alternatives which may have been offered. Our systems recreate historical markets in which the instrument was traded to provide context and determine whether the hedge was suitable and appropriate at the time. A hypothetical hedging strategy and our opinion on what would have been the most suitable course of action are formulated. This is used to benchmark the hedge under dispute and provide guidance on an acceptable level of redress.
You may need an expert witness, if you have initiated a legal claim and require independent input as part of the litigation process. We can assist under instruction from legal counsel on the case. Our service encompasses the aspects described above and delivers an in-depth appraisal of the communication between defendant and claimant pre, during and post hedge execution. In the UK, all reports comply with requirements set out in Practice Direction 35.
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