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GP Bullhound advises Car Loan 4U on expansion funding

Press Release   •   Feb 05, 2014 18:40 CET

GP Bullhound advises Car Loan 4U on expansion funding

GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Car Loan 4U, the UK’s leading online car finance provider on an £8 million investment by Scottish Equity Partners. The capital will be used to accelerate growth and build on its position as UK market leader.

Car Loan 4U was founded in 2006 by James Wilkinson and Ryan Dignan and has grown significantly as the UK car finance market has rapidly moved online. The company offers a market-leading service for consumers looking for car finance, allowing them quick and easy access to funding, as well as dedicated support in the car buying process.

The founders have overseen the most successful period of growth by the company over the last 12 months, with turnover growing by more than 75% to £11m and headcount increasing to more than 150 employees. The company plans to continue to disrupt the car finance market and more than quadruple its annual revenues over the next four years.

The investment will be used to implement and expand the capabilities of Car Loan 4U’s advanced technology, creating a superior customer journey and additional services to aid consumers in the car buying process.

James Wilkinson, CEO at Car Loan 4U, commented: “We are delighted to bring the Scottish Equity Partners team on board as investors in Car Loan 4U. The investment from SEP represents a landmark for Car Loan 4U and will be invaluable in helping us continue our ambition of revolutionising the market, by transforming the way consumers take out car finance online."

"GP Bullhound played a key role by preparing us for the fundraising and introducing us to a number of leading European tech investors. Their sector expertise was invaluable in helping us find the right partner to scale the business significantly over the next four years”.

This represents the completion of GP Bullhound's 26th transaction in the last twelve months and highlights our commitment to working with category leaders in the consumer Internet sector.

Enquiries
For enquiries contact Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner, hugh.campbell@gpbullhound.com

GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high net worth individuals.
Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for many category leaders, most recently selling Pozitron to Monitise, Pure360 to SEP, Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com
In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Advisers of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards, and Manish Madhvani, a Founding Partner of GP Bullhound was named as a winner of the fourth annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Award.

Car Loan 4U
Founded in 2006 by entrepreneurs James Wilkinson and Ryan Dignan, Car Loan 4U is the UK’s leading online car finance specialist. Car Loan 4U offers a wide range of car finance deals regardless of the customer’s history or circumstances to give a fast decision on loan applications for new or used cars, which can be underwritten and approved in minutes. Based in Macclesfield and employing over 150 people, Car Loan 4U works with a panel of leading UK finance companies including Barclays and Santander. For further information, please visit www.carloan4u.co.uk

About GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound is an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester. Founded in 1999, GP Bullhound provides world-class advice on mergers, acquisitions and private placements to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high net worth individuals.
Combining a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation with deep global buyer relations and sector expertise, GP Bullhound has completed transactions for many category leaders, most recently selling Pozitron to Monitise, Pure360 to SEP, Tunigo to Spotify, and Fjord to Accenture. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com
In 2013, GP Bullhound was awarded Boutique Investment Bank of the Year and Leading Advisers of the Year by the Acquisition International M&A Awards, and Manish Madhvani, a Founding Partner of GP Bullhound was named as a winner of the fourth annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Award.