In simple terms we are debt finance specialists. But our strengths go much further than that. We’re a business built on tenacity and ambition. The tenacity to challenge rigid methods and standard solutions. The ambition to offer something distinctive and better.
Drawing on extensive specialist expertise in real estate, infrastructure and renewable energy we have the knowledge and agility to uncover opportunities others don’t see. We continuously explore smarter ways to structure transactions so they deliver greater value – whichever side of the table you’re on.
Most importantly of all, we work at the centre, not the edge, of every transaction we do, managing the process from inception to funding. Diligent, supportive and resourceful, we’re there with you – leaving no stone unturned to get the best possible deal done, to everyone’s satisfaction.
In the field of debt finance the old saying that there’s ‘more than one way to skin a cat’ still holds true. Sadly, that’s not the view that many in our industry take. The result is an uninspiring way of working that fails to maximise opportunities or deliver real value.
We work differently. Utilising our vast experience we aim to find smarter ways to fund and structure debt financings to your best advantage. After all, isn’t that exactly what financing specialists are supposed to do?
Going above and beyond
Introducing borrowers to investors is only part of the story. Success depends on bringing deals to fruition. There’s a skill to that, which is where our experience and expertise comes in. Diligent and tenacious, we closely manage every deal we do: supporting, advising and resolving to ensure that each deal closes on time and on budget – leaving no stone unturned.
IDCM has assisted a wide range of borrowers in the Real Estate sector where our unique added value is in our ability to structure and place secured and unsecured transactions that suit and rely on the particular features of our client’s business model rather than traditional asset backed financing solutions.
We have pioneered debt capital markets financing solutions to the renewable energy sector. As early as 2012, we structured and arranged the first ever solar bond, refinancing two UK ground mounted assets. Since then we have arranged transactions for different technologies across the UK, Europe and the US.
In addition to raising debt for traditional infrastructure borrowers such as ports and utilities, we have a strong reputation for structuring and placing debt transactions for new borrowers and sub sectors in the ever popular real assets space, such as raising secured debt finance for a portfolio of battery storage assets in the UK.
Having closed a £100m unsecured Private Placement with US investors in 2016, Assura challenged us to find domestic investors who would invest on the same basis (unsecured and documented as a PP), within a very short timeframe.
IDCM raised £150m from a single UK insurance company, across two tenors and at a tighter spread than the previous year’s US PP.
When Shaftesbury wanted to discuss an early redemption and refinancing of high coupon legacy debt, they engaged IDCM to facilitate the negotiation with their loyal investor base. By offering investors preferred allocation in the refinancing, we were able to treat the buy back and new issue as a package deal; allowing Shaftesbury to prepay their debt on more favourable terms than the original documentation prescribed.
In recognition of our success and expertise, Shaftesbury appointed IDCM again on a further financing in 2017.
Specialist investment manager Oxford Capital mandated IDCM to structure and refinance a portfolio of residential and commercial rooftop and ground mounted solar assets located in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a total capacity of 92MW. IDCM worked closely together with Oxford Capital to define and implement a long term contracting strategy for each of the projects and managed the detailed due diligence process.
With this capital raise, Oxford successfully completed the first phase of its EIS refinancing process.
“A complicated and difficult transaction. Unlike advisers, they are happy to roll their sleeves up and get things done – an invaluable quality and service.”Oliver Hughes Partner, Head of Infrastructure
Talesun Energy mandated IDCM to refinance their Italian solar PV portfolio which consists of commercial rooftop and ground mounted sites. Following thorough due diligence, we structured an innovative €40 million debt solution. Having obtained an Investment Grade rating and a listing for the transaction, we placed the bonds with our institutional investor base.
We believe this was one of the first rated and listed Project Bonds for solar assets.
“IDCM's professionalism and dedication were greatly appreciated and recognised”Mauro Pieretti Head of Legal and M&A
As part of our ongoing work in the infrastructure space, we prepared a detailed research piece on the ports sector generally. This document provided the catalyst for a dialogue with investors and ABP who expressed interest in sub benchmark issuance off their active MTN programme. We placed the transaction with an investor that had not previously invested in ABP.
This was the longest ever transaction in the UK port sector at the time, enabling the investor to match the investment against their long term liabilities. It allowed ABP to demonstrate to the market their ability to access funding at ever improving pricing.
Following the successful refinancing of their solar portfolio in 2013 and 2015 with IDCM, Gresham House New Energy (formerly Hazel Capital LLP) mandated IDCM to arrange debt finance for three battery storage sites delivering frequency control and capacity market services to the national grid.
Given the nature of underlying revenue stack, this was a challenging transaction for which IDCM built a fully functioning transaction model including taking it through the audit process. It is a clear testament to our ability to close complex transactions and deliver bespoke financing solutions to our clients.
“They did a great job of managing the whole process and all the relevant parties involved from start to finish. We look forward to reaching out to them again!”Ben Guest Fund Manager, Head of British Strategic Investment Fund
Charterhouse School asked IDCM to consider debt funding options that would allow them to deliver a number of capital intensive programmes that formed part of their long term development plan. We spent significant time assessing the affordability and structure of the various options in light of the School’s charitable status. Having settled on the optimal structure, we discretely approached a small group of investors who we knew understood the sector well in order to place the transaction.
We were delighted to enable the School to lock in fixed rate funding at interest rates close to their historical lows for the next 40 years.
TP Social Housing REIT is landlord to Registered Providers who offer community based assisted living to elderly people and vulnerable adults. The REIT was established as recently as September 2017 and shortly thereafter appointed IDCM to assist with their inaugural debt raise. This was only the third transaction from this relatively new sector so investor education was key. With a collateral pool of 145 individual assets the property due diligence work was an important consideration in the delivery of the financing solution.
The borrower achieved the longest tenor and the tightest spread in the sector to date.
With big ambitions and the highest standards.
Providing the best answers, not the easiest ones.
Backing-up what we say with clear evidence and specialist expertise.
Supporting our clients and each other, however tough it gets.
Drawing on our extensive experience and strong networks to find better solutions.
Going beyond the expected to offer something fresh and interesting.
Stuart is a co-founder and Board Member of IDCM and started the business to open up and develop the debt capital markets to mid-caps as he believes the bank’s standardised funding model is not suitable for every borrower.
Approaching every deal with clear insight and intelligence, together with Elise Huttenga he has developed IDCM’s business in the Real Estate, Social and the wider Infrastructure sectors, gaining a reputation for finding the funding structure and solution that works best for each situation and client.
It has proved to be a distinctive and successful formula and each transaction provides clear evidence that by applying careful thought and years of experience, IDCM can deliver a better funding outcome for their clients.
Before founding IDCM in 2009, Stuart’s 30 plus year career involved holding senior positions in Trading, Syndicate and Debt Capital Markets at SG Warburg, Kleinwort Benson, Credit Suisse First Boston and latterly as Head of European Corporate DCM at ABN AMRO.
Justin is a co-founder and Board Member of IDCM. Whilst he spends much of his time working on transactions in the Renewable Energy sector, Justin also utilises his expertise and experience in other sectors to develop the business more broadly.
Justin has always been of the view that longer term debt is best provided by institutional investors and this fuelled his vision for IDCM. The fact that private debt provides a flexible and cost-efficient source of funding for companies is borne out by the many transactions IDCM have successfully structured and arranged for their clients.
Justin’s successful career is rooted in a ‘can do’ attitude and attention to detail – a combination that has served his clients well for over 25 years.
Before founding IDCM, Justin was Global Head of Debt Capital Markets at ABN AMRO, responsible for all primary fixed income activities globally.
Elise is a Board Member of IDCM, together with Stuart Bell she is responsible for origination, structuring, and distribution of transactions for borrowers in the Real Estate and (Social) Infrastructure sectors.
Over the years, Elise’s transaction management, structuring and documentation skills have proven invaluable to many clients. Using her significant experience in direct dialogue with investors, lawyers and other advisers, she has pioneered structures and negotiated operational freedoms for both frequent and first time borrowers. She has a keen eye for detail and a good sense for investor relations and marketing requirements.
Elise is the Board Member responsible for Compliance.
Prior to joining IDCM Elise was Head of UK and Dutch Corporate DCM at ABN AMRO in London, responsible for originating and executing debt transactions and liability management, across all major currencies.
Jean-Christophe is a Board of Member of IDCM. He focuses primarily on the Renewable Energy Sector and has been at the forefront of developing IDCM’s business internationally.
Combining his in depth knowledge of renewable energy technologies and the relevant regulatory frameworks with his structuring skills, JC pioneered the development of an institutional debt market for renewable energy assets. He established the first conduit financing vehicle dedicated to renewable projects, The Renewable Financing Company. He also led the first debt financing for a UK battery storage project.
Prior to joining IDCM, JC worked at RBS where he was responsible for the origination and execution of all debt capital markets products for transport, infrastructure and TMT clients in the UK. He holds an Advanced Master degree in Finance from ESSEC Business School and an MSc in Economics from the University of Lyon.
Marcus focuses on the origination, structuring and execution of transactions across sectors. Whilst his background is in infrastructure and renewable energy, he also applies his execution skills in real estate and other sectors.
He brings a diligent and thoughtful approach to his role, with the aim of delivering the best possible outcome for borrowers and investors alike. Demonstrative of his approach is the recent £35 million 40 year transaction he executed for a leading independent school, as well as more complex structured financings for renewable energy clients.
Prior to joining IDCM in 2015, Marcus spent over 8 years at EY in their energy corporate finance team. In this role he advised clients in sourcing both debt and equity funding for a variety of infrastructure projects. He is a Chartered Accountant.
Ben joined IDCM in 2018 with a focus on using his broad experience and contacts to develop and originate business opportunities with new clients for IDCM.
Ben has previously been a successful capital markets financier with Hambros Bank and RBC working in Canada, Australia, South Africa and the UK. Over 20 years he developed expertise across origination and syndication in developed and emerging markets, cultivating, maintaining and servicing client relationships and providing innovative financing solutions in new sectors.
In recent years Ben set up a Private Investment fund in African Agriculture, establishing varied crop investment with, more recently, a focus on stevia. Ben was responsible for raising the funding for the fund through banks and investors using his experience in both infrastructure and development finance.
Antoine is an integral part of the IDCM team working on projects across sectors.
Antoine’s dedication, gregarious nature and likeable personality mean clients and colleagues alike enjoy working with him. Antoine is involved in the execution of a variety of transactions, shifting his attention quite happily from complex models and renewable energy projects to secured debt transactions for landlords in the primary care property and care home sectors.
Prior to joining IDCM he worked in the banking division of St. James’s Place, a large UK wealth manager.
Michael is an analyst at IDCM, having originally joined the business as an intern. Michael supports the team on transactions across sectors. He conducts research and financial analysis and assists with the execution of transactions.
Prior to joining IDCM, Michael obtained an MA in Economics with Finance at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with honours.
Bob has over 30 years of investment banking and advisory expertise and as a result has considerable experience of structuring and arranging different forms of financing across a broad range of sectors.
Bob has completed extensive advisory work including advice on how to move from secured to unsecured funding and liability management. He has arranged all manner of debt transactions from acquisition facilities, to the UK’s first single property securitisation as well as more mainstream bond and convertible issues for a range of UK corporate borrowers.
Before working with IDCM as a consultant, Bob was head of UK Capital Markets Origination at Dresdner Kleinwort and prior to that was at Baring Brothers & Co Limited.
Jonathan is responsible for IDCM’s accounting, secretarial and administrative function.
Jonathan is a solicitor who was Finance Director and General Counsel of a quoted institutional corporate broker, Westhouse Securities PLC, having been Company Secretary and an executive director of Hanson PLC and chief of staff for Lord Hanson.
IDCM Limited is an appointed representative of Boston and Alexander LLP which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
IDCM will from time to time team up with other specialist firms, including corporate finance boutiques and Guy Butler, who are an independent institutional credit specialist that trades fixed income securities and a shareholder in IDCM.
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