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May 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom


Background

Third Financial Software, based in London, United Kingdom, develops and delivers software solutions for the wealth and investment management industries. Its flagship solution, the Tercero Software Platform, is a new generation of front-, middle-, and back-office wealth management software that includes portfolio management, compliance and oversight, CRM, client reporting and internet / mobile computing applications.

CIT Growth Capital, also based in London, is a venture capital firm specializing in growth capital investments in the B2B software, B2B data, online marketplaces, software, and information services sectors.



On May 5th, 2015, Third Financial announced a minority investment from CIT Growth Capital, which represents their first institutional round of funding. The investment follows a year of exponential growth for the business, including high revenue gains, increased client onboarding, and a hike in employee headcount. With this financing, Third Financial will expand its market traction and presence in the United Kingdom.

Oliver Thomas, Partner at CIT Growth Capital will join the board of directors at Third Financial along with veteran Alexandre Harkous, Founder and Executive Director of BI-SAM Technologies.

M&A continued its long-term relationship with CIT Growth and Third Financial having worked with both parties on other financial and strategic opportunities over the years. Serving as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to CIT Growth Capital, M&A leveraged its deep knowledge of the international financial technology industry and its relationship with Third Financial to help manage and rapidly execute the transaction. This transaction again highlights M&A’s ability to help clients to execute highly strategic and confidential transactions with minimal disruption to senior management.

Third Financial secures expansion capital from CIT Growth

May 07, 2015

Third Financial Software, a market-leading supplier of front to back portfolio management software is pleased to announce a £2.5m minority investment from CIT Growth Capital. The investment will help drive the company’s continued rapid expansion.

A proportion of the investment will fund a new, wholly owned subsidiary that will offer platform services to the UK wealth management market. By taking advantage of the significant operational efficiency that Tercero already brings, the offering will allow for a higher level of service to clients, at a lower cost than existing platforms.

Third Financial is delighted to announce that Matt Aylward a former Managing Director of Investment Services at Brooks Macdonald has been appointed as head of the new subsidiary company, with further details of the new service to be announced in due course.

As part of this investment the company are pleased to announce the appointment of two Non-Executive directors to further strengthen the board.

Oliver Thomas, Partner at CIT Growth Capital, who will join the board at Third Financial, commented:

"Third Financial provides an impressive combination of market leading software development and disciplined, customer focused commercial strategy. Clients have consistently told us that Tercero’s functionality is a key enabler of their ambitions to scale in a profitable and regulatory compliant fashion. We are proud to be associated with Stewart, Roger and the team and look forward to supporting their continued growth."

Alexandre Harkous, Founder and Executive Director of BI-SAM Technologies, will also join the board of directors. BI-SAM is the world's leading provider of performance measurement and attribution software to the global asset management industry. He commented:

"Third Financial has an exciting opportunity as the "best in class" provider of software and services to this growing segment of the investment management industry. Roger's experience, Stewart's leadership, and the quality of their team, make for a great combination. I look forward to working with them, and with Oliver, in realising the Company's potential."

Stewart Foster CEO of Third Financial Software, comments:

"We are delighted to be able to secure this investment and to be able to add both Oliver and Alexandre’s experience to the board. The Wealth Management market is constantly evolving and we believe that by harnessing the efficiency of the Tercero application, we can provide our customers with a cost effective platform service that will allow them to grow their own businesses whilst ensuring they meet all required regulations. I am also absolutely thrilled that Matt has joined us to head up and drive the new platform service."

NOTE TO EDITORS

Third Financial Software

Third Financial Software has one of the largest installed client bases in the country. Established in 2008, the Tercero Software Platform is widely regarded as the most modern, integrated front to back office wealth management system available today. Third Financial supplies exclusively to the wealth and investment management industry. They have offices in Covent Garden and Halesowen, near Birmingham.

Further information is available at www.thirdfin.com

CIT Growth Capital

CIT Growth Capital is building a portfolio of minority investments in rapidly growing, founder owned, profitable companies in three sectors- software, information services and online marketplaces.

CIT Growth Capital was founded in 2014 to bring the sector specialist approach of the world’s preeminent growth company investment firms to the founders of UK growth companies seeking £2m – £10m in expansion capital or shareholder liquidity.

Further information is available at www.citgrowth.co.uk

 

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