Our London-based Tech & High Growth team keeps on growing, and this time, it’s not just new team members we’re excited to announce, but a new offering for our clients, too.
Sarah Abrahams, Head of Growth Finance, and Nick Hawkins, Associate Director, have both joined the team led by Steve Leith to support high-growth and technology businesses in their search for seed to Series A funding.
With 13 years’ experience in the early-stage finance industry, Sarah spent the last seven years at Grant Thornton, leading the firm’s national activity on growth finance and raising over £400m for her clients in the process.
Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director for the Mayor of London’s ‘Greater London Investment Fund’ – a £100m fund of funds providing loan and equity finance for London SMEs. In 2017, she was named as a “Future Leader” at the Women in the City Awards. And in 2019, her team was a finalist for “Best Finance Team” at the Women in Finance Awards.
Nick was an integral part of Sarah’s team at Grant Thornton, too, and he spent the last six years supporting scale up companies on growth capital transactions, with particular experience and interest in technology, food and drink, leisure and retail.
A chartered accountant and holder of the Corporate Finance qualification, Nick received the ICAEW “Outstanding Achievement Award” for Corporate Finance Strategy and Advice after scoring the highest mark globally in 2018. And recently, Nick acted as lead adviser on a number of high-profile, cross-border transactions.
See why we’re excited to have them on board?
We will be supporting high-growth startups and scaleups to maximise their fundraising efforts by connecting them with the highest potential investors, securing the most favourable terms benchmarked to other funding rounds, and protecting management team time in getting through an investment round process.
Growth companies need expert advice to optimise their fundraising strategy. Sarah and Nick come with deep connections in the investor community. And together, they’ll help us deliver great outcomes to support growth plans.
“Joining the Cooper Parry Tech & High Growth team was a complete no-brainer for me. Everything that Cooper Parry stands for, from its bold brand and progressive culture to its own impressive growth story, is completely resonant with the types of companies that I work with. I’m excited to be part of a firm that is investing, innovating and shares my passion for supporting high-growth companies to scale.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Sarah and Steve as part of the High Growth team at Cooper Parry. It is refreshing to see an advisory firm that, like our most ambitious clients, is growing so quickly and investing in its people and market offerings. Now, more than ever, we need companies with the vision and ambition to scale to get the capital they need, and I am excited to be helping them in that journey.”
Steve Leith, our Relationship Partner and Head of Tech & High Growth, added:
“I am delighted to welcome Sarah and Nick to the team. They add an important component in our support for high potential and high-growth companies – funding advice for Seed and Series A rounds. With the investment landscape in flux, companies at this stage face many challenges in closing funding rounds, all whilst striving to maintain their existing growth trajectories. Sarah and Nick can make a massive difference to the success and outcome of the fundraising process.”