Background and expertise
Nihalf joined Acuity as a Director in 2020, with 15 years of experience in banking and financial services working at EY, PwC , Evolution Securities, Lucida plc and CIBC World Markets. Across his career, Nihalf’s core focus has been on arranging debt solutions and advising on financing strategy.
His background encompasses a comprehensive range of situations, working as both lead arranger and as banking syndicate participant, on debut primary issuances and secondary debt / portfolio transactions, on dividend recapitalisations and on insolvencies, amongst many others. Nihalf is also a regular speaker on the subject of debt facility agreements at BVCA organised training days for senior executives of companies newly acquired by private equity and venture capital sponsors.
Nihalf has worked with many clients in the telecoms, SaaS, business services and tech-enabled industries to develop and deliver bespoke financing solutions. Recent transactions he has worked on include:
- Raising financing for a PE acquisition of a leading UK telecoms service provider
- Running the sell-side lender education for an EdTech SaaS company as part of a wider M&A process
- Raising acquisition finance for the investment program for a business services company executing a buy-and-build strategy (no financial sponsor involvement)
- Refinancing and increasing the size of a working capital facility for a telecoms company in the Channel Islands
A self-taught coder and amateur data scientist, Nihalf has always followed the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, society, geopolitics and finance. When not at work he can be found attending various Python and data science meetups, and keeping up to speed on the latest developments in machine learning, data centre dynamics, cybersecurity and other tech trends.
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