Pall Mall Capital Acquires the Business of SP Merger Group and Appoint Senior M&A Investment Banker Christopher Shaw

Oct 29, 2010, 05:00 ET from Pall Mall Capital Limited

LONDON, October 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --

- Pall Mall Capital Bolstered by the Arrival of Industry Recognised M&A Expert With Experience of Over 600 Completed Transactions

Pall Mall Capital, the cross-border corporate finance advisory firm, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the trade of SP Merger Group Inc and Christopher Shaw has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor.

Christopher has been an investment banker for over 30 years, including extensive periods with Bankers Trust, Henry Ansbacher and Goldman Sachs. Latterly he founded SP Merger Group, a specialised international investment advisory house.

Christopher's career includes twelve years with Times Mirror Company (Los Angeles), where he was successively Chief Executive Officer of three subsidiaries, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Times Mirror International and actively involved with the Times Mirror acquisition programme, with 32 Companies acquired during the period. Whilst at Bankers Trust, Christopher established a new Mergers and Acquisitions department before moving to become President of Henry Ansbacher Inc. In 1992 Christopher joined Goldman Sachs as Senior International Advisor covering the media, publishing and leisure industries.

Christopher will be joined at Pall Mall by Roger Cort, who has also been appointed as a Senior Advisor. Roger has over thirty years experience in Corporate Finance, in the UK, Europe and the USA having been involved in some 250 transactions. Roger's career includes five years as Head of Corporate Finance at Henry Ansbacher & Co Limited In 1987, Roger left Henry Ansbacher to set up Amethyst Investments Limited and latterly worked with Christopher at SP Merger Group.

John Cutts, CEO and Founder of Pall Mall Capital commenting on the appointment said:

"We are delighted that Christopher has decided to join Pall Mall Capital. His brings with him a phenomenal degree of global and cross border M&A experience that plays strongly to our strengths and corporate focus. Additionally we look forward benefitting from the exciting pipeline of transaction opportunities that naturally follow a banker of his pedigree and experience."

Christopher Shaw, commenting on his appointment said:

"I am very excited about joining Pall Mall Capital, it is clear what a dynamic organisation it is having doubled in size in the past two years. I look forward to contributing to its ongoing success and being able to add my expertise and experience to an already exceptional team."

Notes to Editors

Pall Mall Capital is a cross-border corporate finance advisor specialising in delivering solutions in international transactions and complex or disputed family situations. Headquartered in London, the Company has offices and associates in France, Germany, South Africa and the USA. Pall Mall has established itself as a leading specialist in advising on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising for European mid market companies, particularly those with disperse family ownership.

Pall Mall's broad ranging advisory services include all aspects of M&A, public and private placements as well as corporate structuring and restructuring situations. Additionally Pall Mall offers services to source finance from all arenas of the capital markets, including senior debt and subordinated products such as mezzanine finance through to equity finance.

Pall Mall Capital has advised on a wide range of transaction types, with values from EUR50m to EUR500m, and has completed in excess of 80 transactions since 2000, the majority of which have been cross border.

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