Verdani Investments is an investment vehicle committed to generating quantum growth through mergers, acquisitions and financial expertise. Our focus is on building a legacy for owners, brands and employees of established businesses. Our current focus is on businesses operating in Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Building Services and Business Services. We can access cash and long term funding through a mix of commercial funders with main and 2nd tier lenders. In addition, given our existing business relationships, we also tap into a network of private equity investors.
To create lucrative exit paths for owner-managed businesses and to create groups of profitable companies that provide modern work environments and incentives for their employees.
To build a group of UK and global based companies with sales revenues exceeding £100m with a minimum net profit of 10% by June 2020.
Lee Smith is an award-winning merger and acquisition specialist with shareholdings in seven UK companies.
Lee started his finance career back in the late 1990’s, working as a consultant for top ten London law firms such as McKenna & Co, Nabarro Nathanson and Linklaiters. Lee then consulted at boutique investment firm Mansford Holdings where he gained an insight into the investment world and discovered exciting investment strategies that got him interested in portfolio investments and acquisitions.
Lee did his first merger in 2014 and then went on to start BID Assets, an investment company for businesses operating below potential and acquired 9 companies from 2015 to Nov 2017. Lee has been featured on BBC Radio and Sky News, providing business commentary as an industry expert and currently lives in London, England. From May 2018 to February 2019 Lee grew his IT group revenue by 520% and the EBIT by 400%.
Lee is now focused on profitable companies with EBIT exceeding £500k, is currently involved in a Frankfurt PLC and is also working on roll-ups in the IT and Construction sectors.
Carl is a high-energy, data-driven, results-orientated, internationally-mobile business leader who specialises in acquiring, selling and turning around under-performing B2B businesses. Carl has spent 20 years leading business transformations, driving revenue growth and market penetration in 62 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Builds robust teams and stakeholder alliances to drive change in challenging conditions.
He has a strong track record of delivering significant growth, profitability and organisational efficiency. An expert in increasing market share and improving profitability by turning around underperforming organisations through organisational change, sales enablement & education, streamlining routes to market and improving channel management.
Mats is an experienced business consultant and successful investor based in Stockholm, Sweden. Mats focuses on simplicity and his lateral thinking gives him and the companies he works with, the edge they need to succeed.
Prior to joining Verdani in July 2018, Jess was involved in the hospitality communications industry, where she led all comms for over 20 restaurants and bars within London; and played an instrumental role in the rapid growth of the company.
Jess decided to pursue a different trajectory and move into the M&A sector. With a highly innovative approach to the investment world, she is able to consistently deliver exceptional work.
Jess holds a Master of Arts degree in Media and Communications from City, University of London where she got a distinction for her research of British media.
Jamie has worked in finance for over 10 years, working in all manners of accounting and finance roles. He began as an accounts clerk, working upwards and moving into management accounts, financial management and M&A.
He has worked for small businesses, start-ups and global multinational brands and more recently in the training and IT sector. He has a unique approach to finance procedures and accounting system reviews that maximises time efficiency.
His main aim is to work on simplifying the accounts processes so management and shareholders can easily obtain clear figures so that business strategies and forecasting can be developed effectively.
M&A Today Global Awards Winner 2019
M&A Today Global Awards Winner 2019