Chrystal Capital

Chrystal hosts family office lunch with The Hon. Ed Vaizey

May 2017

Chrystal Capital Partners LLP (Chrystal), the FCA regulated corporate finance boutique based in London, hosted a lunch for members of its family office network on Thursday, 11th May 2017 at the Dining Room of 34 London with special guest The Hon. Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage and the former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.

Ed led an elaborate roundtable discussion on technology and capital growth. The discussions centred on topics such as the U.K. as a destination for growth capital, the policy changes that will affect growth capital, the impact of Brexit on growth capital and the next generation of technology.

There were a number of conundrums that needed to be addressed: families have appetite for tech investments, but do not always have the industry expertise to valuate opportunities appropriately; finding a balance between remaining discreet, yet having access to high quality deal flow; and, whether co-investments alongside PE houses, VCs and other family offices could provide necessary comfort, as the due diligence is carried out by the institution.

James Innes, a partner at Chrystal, commented: “We were delighted to have Ed host one of our family office lunches and offer insight into policy changes aimed to strengthen the U.K. technology landscape and investing. It was clear from the family offices there is a definite role for Chrystal as a conduit between family offices, HNWI and their direct (co-) investment needs.”

The Hon. Ed Vaizey commented: “Having got to know Chrystal Capital, I was happy to accept their kind offer to speak to an audience of sophisticated family office principals, entrepreneurs and top VC & PE partners on topics surrounding growth capital in the U.K. The lunch was extremely well attended by a market-savvy audience who shared fascinating views on the technology sector.”

Chrystal’s regular informal luncheons and private events hold discussions on views on the market, provide unique insights into specialist areas of investment as well as offer an opportunity to make new acquaintances within the global family office community. Esteemed individuals such as Niklas Zennström, Brent Hoberman, Christian Angermayer, Lord Mark Poltimore, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Martin Gilbert, Jay Liang, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah, Mike Lynch, Tony Hayward, Sir Stuart Rose, Luke Johnson, Crispin Odey, Peter Hambro and Jon Moulton have spoken at Chrystal’s events, covering a wide range of topics from software technology and UK private equity to the oil & gas, retail and agricultural forestry industries.

About Chrystal Capital

Chrystal Capital Partners LLP is an established, FCA regulated corporate finance firm with access to a global network of over 500 single family offices.

The firm specialises in being a trusted source of advisory services to the families, assisting them with their existing portfolio investments, whilst also reviewing new investment cases on their behalf. Opportunities are originated from both within the network and other trusted third parties. The families are based mainly in the UK, Western Europe, North America, GCC and South East Asia.

We are regularly approached for investment by companies who acknowledge our in-depth knowledge of the families asset allocations, thus providing a gateway to an alternative source of funding.

Chrystal is sector agnostic and has a global outlook.