The sEISmic Opportunities Fund provides an opportunity to invest in proprietary dealflow of revenue generating UK based businesses with the potential for (further) overseas expansion using technology to disrupt existing market verticals. The companies will have an existing brand on which to leverage further growth and development. The Fund allows for spreading of risk through the portfolio effect but also allows investors to pick individual companies based on personal preferences.
The founding brothers of the Fund, Tristan and Ewan Lloyd-Baker have a combined fifty years of investment banking, corporate turnaround, corporate recovery and operational management experience. They have acted on both sides of the deal table, as advisers and principals with successful exits (or up rounds) generating an average return of over 3x their initial investment whilst developing and growing a number of great British businesses.
Key reasons to invest
Whilst a generalist investor the Fund will adopt a specific thematic approach, based on:
- UK Based with overseas sales groth potential
- Revenue generating with and existing track record
- strong market dynamics underpinned by disruptive technology
- Passionate leadership team driven by profitable growth
- Exisitng brand to leverage further growth
- If turnaroud, a strong asset base to support investment
Key team members
I am an experienced Board Director and Investment Director, specialising in SME’s, as well as operating as a strategic advisor to a number of AIF funds. My passion for SME’s has led me to launch a number of businesses, all the while, utilising my corporate finance experience in their development. In 2008 I completed an MBA, which followed over 10 years in blue chip city-based financial institutions most recently with Goldman Sachs. Since this time and before forming Seismic, I have been a Board advisor and Director to businesses ranging from mid-cap PE backed businesses and SME’s as well as start-ups and not-for-profit organisations.
I have worked in corporate turnaround and corporate finance both as a principal and adviser for over 25 years.
As a principal, I worked in a VC backed start-up which was sold to Reuters. I then helped set up a FTSE100 corporate incubator before completing my MBA and working with Henley Incubator and several blue-chip clients including BT and Unilever focusing on corporate venturing and fostering ‘intrapreneurship’.
As a partner in Lloyd-Baker & Associates LLP, we sourced the acquisition of one of the UK’s oldest engineering companies, Hayward Tyler. Becoming the CEO I reversed the company into an AIM listed PLC and with a new operational team restructured the main operating company including building a new Centre of Excellence. Hayward Tyler won numerous industry awards including the Queen’s Award for Export and I was granted an honorary doctorate in recognition of my services to manufacturing.
Having acquired another ‘orphan’ British engineering company, Peter Brotherhood, from Dresser Rand (now Siemens) the enlarged group was bought by Avingtrans plc in a £50m transaction and I subsequently became a non-executive Director of the enlarged group.
Having completed a successful handover I resigned from the Avingtrans plc Board in Nov’18 to pursue my other interests. I’ve since co-founded a SaaS business focused on digital twinning and optimising the flowlines of products and services in factories using predictive simulation and set up an FCA authorised financial services business operating in the consumer credit lending space.