Andrew Raca

Head of Corporate Finance

Biography

Andrew has a broad range of corporate finance experience gained over 30 years.  He commenced his career at the international investment bank Barclays de Zoete Wedd where he spent a number of years in corporate finance, leveraged finance and project finance.  After this, following a period in the family manufacturing and logistics businesses in Central and Eastern Europe, he gained further experience in international professional services firms, including Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, along with specialist corporate broking firms Arden Partners, Libertas Capital and Shore Capital.  He became Head of Corporate Finance at Blue Oar Securities where he worked with Andrew Monk from 2007.

Since joining Andrew Monk at VSA Capital, he has headed the corporate finance team overseeing the team’s growth in activities encompassing private equity and equity capital markets, public and private company Mergers & Acquisitions.  Significant projects where Andrew has advised include:

  • the US$125m private placement in New Age (African Global Energy);
  • the US$400m recommended takeover of Fortune Oil plc by way of a Scheme of Arrangement;
  • the US$84m takeover of Promethean World plc by China-based NetDragon Websoft;
  • the Reverse Takeover by Avalon Battery Corporation of redT Energy Systems plc, together with the US$15m fundraising to form Invinity Energy Systems plc;
  • the recommended takeover of Columbus Energy plc by Bahamas Petroleum Company plc by way of a Scheme of Arrangement resulting in the merged group valued at over £110m.

Andrew has for many years acted as a Nominated Adviser to companies quoted on AIM Rules, as a Corporate Adviser on the Aquis Growth Market and as Sponsor on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.

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