Shard Credit Partners is an innovative provider of alternative finance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the UK lower mid-market (companies having an enterprise value of below £50 million).
With banks’ balance sheets constrained as a result of increasing regulatory capital requirements, Shard Credit Partners aims to fill the funding gap with its direct lending fund. This matches the income needs and longer term liability profiles of institutional investors such as insurance companies and pension funds with the funding requirements of the UK SME sector.
The Shard Credit Partners team boasts a professional track record stretching over 80 years of sourcing, originating, executing and then managing loans worth a combined total of £70 billion-equivalent across Europe and the US.
For investors, we provide exposure to a floating rate low volatility senior secured asset class which offers significant downside protection. The fund is managed by an exceptional team with relevant track records - targeting both the private equity backed (Sponsored) and non-PE backed (Sponsorless) direct lending categories.
For qualifying SMEs, Shard Credit Partners plugs the funding gap which has opened up since the financial crisis. We provide as sole lender, senior secured unitranche loans of £5-25 million per borrower, with a flexible process designed to reach lending decisions quickly.
Alastair Brown, CEO of Shard Credit Partners recently spoke with fellow panellists at the Debtwire European Mid-Market Forum. Afterwards, he found some time to sit down with Debtwire to discuss growth, opportunities, risk and competition in the lower mid-market. Watch his overview here Read more
Shard Credit Partners announces the signing and completion of a £10 million senior secured unitranche facility to SKS Business Services (“SKS” or the “Company”). The investment has been made from Shard Credit Partners Fund I, a UK lower mid-market focused direct lending fund. The unitranche facility, which includes a £10 million accordion feature, will enable […] Read more
Shard Credit Partners announces the first close of its inaugural UK direct lending fund with £90 million in commitments from both UK and European institutional investors. The fund will provide innovatively structured senior and junior loan capital to a diverse range of SMEs (including private equity-backed businesses) operating in the UK lower mid-market (defined as […] Read more