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Investec continues expansion with hire from from Barclays

Investec Specialist Bank has expanded its growth and acquisition finance team with the appointment of Helen Lucas. Reporting to Ed Cottrell, head of the growth and acquisition finance team, Lucas will play a key part in originating and executing transactions on behalf of growth businesses and entrepreneurial management teams.

PRESS RELEASE

Investec Specialist Bank (“Investec”) today announces the further expansion of its Growth & Acquisition Finance team with the appointment of Helen Lucas. Reporting to Ed Cottrell, Head of the Growth & Acquisition Finance team, Helen will play a key part in originating and executing transactions on behalf of growth businesses and entrepreneurial management teams.

Helen joins Investec from Barclays where she has worked since 2007, most recently as a Vice President in the Debt Finance Origination team. At Barclays, Helen was responsible for deal structuring and execution as well as Financial Sponsor coverage activities for key mid-market sponsors. Prior to that, Helen acted as an Associate Director in Barclays’ Business Support division implementing restructuring and turnaround strategies for UK corporates.

Helen attended Loughborough University where she studied Chemical Engineering and also represented England at badminton between 1998 and 2003 as a member of the World Class Potential Squad.

Helen’s appointment takes the team to a total of 17 people and continues the expansion of the Growth & Acquisition team that saw three new members join during the course of 2013.

Ed Cottrell of Investec, said: “The Growth & Acquisition Finance team grew strongly in 2013, driven by the pipeline of deal opportunities that we have seen from mid-market companies seeking to fund future growth. It is hugely encouraging to see this trend continue into 2014 and the addition of Helen to the team is a reflection of that. Helen joins us from another high profile institution where she has developed significant expertise in deal origination and management and she will be a great addition to the team.”

Helen Lucas, said “I am delighted to be joining Investec during such an exciting period of expansion and hope that my knowledge and experience will complement the team’s existing offering. The Growth & Acquisition Finance team’s greatest strength is its ability to provide innovative and tailored services to its clients, ensuring their specific needs are catered for.”

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For further information please contact:

Investec Specialist Bank
Ed Cottrell 020 7597 5187

Newgate Communications
Jason Nisse / Willa Malcolm 020 7680 6550

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance

Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance is part of Investec Specialist Bank. It works with entrepreneurs, management teams and private equity houses to provide finance to UK mid-market companies. Their flexible solutions cover the entire capital structure offering revolving and amortising senior cash flow lending, mezzanine finance and minority equity on either a standalone or integrated basis. They are a single, empowered and responsive team focussed on making deals happen and building strong relationships with clients.

Investec Specialist Bank

Investec is a specialist bank that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets: the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as certain other countries.

This press release is issued on behalf of Investec Bank plc. Registered address: 2 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7QP. (Reg No. 489604). Investec Specialist Bank is a brand name of Investec Bank plc, which is a member of the London Stock Exchange.