By John Irish
UK-based consultancy firm expands and adds corporate finance advisory services to serve UK-Middle East market.
Jasper Capital, an SME focused management consultancy firm last night (Feb 05) obtained the approval of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to add corporate finance advisory services to its established management consultancy businesses. Jasper Capital was established in 2001 to facilitate the two-way flow of financial and management consultancy expertise between the UK and emerging markets, in particular the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Central Asia.“There is a wealth of opportunity for firms like Jasper Capital to provide highly relevant consulting and financial advice to SMEs and to facilitate investment into high growth opportunities,” said Jason Peers, chief executive of Jasper Capital. Until now, Jasper Capital had focused on the small and medium sized enterprise market (SME), where greater demand by clients has seen the need for integrated packages of consultancy and corporate finance services.“Through our relationships and contacts in emerging markets, particularly the Middle East, we are able to introduce investors to UK SMEs and so provide an invaluable source of new capital beyond the traditional venture capital route,” said Peers.Jasper Capital’s move into the corporate finance world comes a few weeks after the announcement of a partnership between Executive Consultants, a UAE-based corporate finance company, and AT Kearney, the global management consultancy firm.