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Cooper Parry Enter Growth Finance Market with Two High Profile New Faces

Cooper Parry Enter Growth Finance Market with Two High Profile New Faces

Cooper Parry’s Tech & High Growth team has added Sarah Abrahams, Head of Growth Finance, and Nick Hawkins, Associate Director, to their ranks.

They will be supporting high-growth startups and scaleups to maximise their fundraising efforts from seed to Series A. It’s a role they carried out with great success together as part of Grant Thornton’s national growth finance team, and they come with deep connections in the investor community as a result.

With over 13 years’ experience in the early-stage finance industry, Sarah spent the last seven of those leading the team at Grant Thornton, raising over £400m for her clients in the process. Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director for the Mayor of London’s ‘Greater London Investment Fund’ – a £100m fund of funds providing loan and equity finance for London SMEs. In 2017, she was named as a “Future Leader” at the Women in the City Awards. And in 2019, her team was a finalist for “Best Finance Team” at the Women in Finance Awards.

Nick was an integral part of that team, and he spent the last six years supporting scale up companies on growth capital transactions, with particular experience and interest in technology, food and drink, leisure and retail.

A chartered accountant and holder of the Corporate Finance qualification, Nick received the ICAEW “Outstanding Achievement Award” for Corporate Finance Strategy and Advice after scoring the highest mark globally in 2018. And recently, Nick acted as lead adviser on a number of high-profile, cross-border transactions.

Sarah said:

“Joining the Cooper Parry Tech & High Growth team was a complete no-brainer for me. Everything that Cooper Parry stands for, from its bold brand and progressive culture to its own impressive growth story, is completely resonant with the types of companies that I work with. I’m excited to be part of a firm that is investing, innovating and shares my passion for supporting high-growth companies to scale.”

Nick said:

“I am thrilled to be working with Sarah and Steve as part of the High Growth team at Cooper Parry. It is refreshing to see an advisory firm that, like our most ambitious clients, is growing so quickly and investing in its people and market offerings. Now, more than ever, we need companies with the vision and ambition to scale to get the capital they need, and I am excited to be helping them in that journey.”

Steve Leith, Relationship Partner and Head of Tech & High Growth at Cooper Parry, added:

“I am delighted to welcome Sarah and Nick to the team. They add an important component in our support for high potential and high-growth companies – funding advice for Seed and Series A rounds. With the investment landscape in flux, companies at this stage face many challenges in closing funding rounds, all whilst striving to maintain their existing growth trajectories. Sarah and Nick can make a massive difference to the success and outcome of the fundraising process.”

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