Investec expands growth & acquisition finance team

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Investec Specialist Bank has announceed the further expansion of its Growth & Acquisition Finance team, with the appointment of Paul Rablen.

In his new role, Rablen will focus on deal origination and execution, working directly with mid-market businesses to help support their growth through innovative and flexible Integrated Debt/Asset Based Lending (ABL) financing structures.

Rablen joins Investec from Lloyds Banking Group plc (“Lloyds”), where he has worked since 2004. From 2009, Paul was a member of the Acquisition Finance Unit, most recently as an Associate Director in the originations team, where he was responsible for the provision of leveraged bank debt for private equity backed transactions in the UK mid-market and carried out new deal sourcing, sponsor coverage and execution. Prior to this, he worked in a variety of roles within Lloyds, including the Corporate Bank Mid Markets team, Retail Banking Product Management and Operations.

Rablen’s appointment brings further strength and depth in delivering Integrated Debt/ABL structures. Recently completed Integrated Debt/ABL deals include a £110 million facility to Paragon Print & Packaging Group and a £20 million facility to support the management buyout of B.M.Polyco Ltd.

Gary Edwards, Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Paul to Investec. Our Integrated Debt/ABL offering provides revolving debt to fund the working capital needs that come from growth in addition to amortising cash flow term loans to support acquisitions and investment. Innovation in debt structures is vital to fund ambitious mid-market companies and support shareholders in their wealth creation or wealth realisation stories. Paul’s knowledge and experience in origination will make an important and valuable contribution to our continued and successful growth'.

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