Specialist Merchant Bank, James Stocks to Acquire Forum Capital’s SME Business



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Specialist Merchant Bank, James Stocks to Acquire Forum Capital’s SME Business


London 23rd March 2020 Specialist merchant bank, James Stocks & Co today announces that it has reached agreement to acquire the business and assets of Forum Capital International Limited (Forum), a corporate finance boutique which provides M&A and fundraising services to the SME sector.

Tim Stocks, Managing Director of James Stocks & Co, said:

“The logic for this acquisition is clear and compelling. Forum is a strong strategic fit for us, providing both greater scale and diversification in our services to clients whilst increasing our exposure to a highly attractive SME sector. This transaction marks an important step in our expansion.”

Stephen Scott, Managing Director of Forum Capital International, said:

“We are delighted to have found an excellent home for our proprietary SME know how, clients, collaborators and supporters. I have long admired the merchant banking model: it has never been so needed in the market. James Stocks is a fine example of this genre and I believe that its bigger platform coupled with its responsive management style will open up an exciting new chapter for our team, our clients and our business.”


About James Stocks & Co

James Stocks & Co is a merchant bank which provides companies with bespoke advisory and structured finance solutions.

The bank aims to provide clients with tried and tested solutions which are grounded in a strategic analysis of the client’s needs and designed for success.

From inception, the bank has sought to foster long-term relationships with clients based on integrity, respect and a duty of care discharged at the highest threshold. Such an approach enables us to be creative in our solutions, to think laterally for our clients, and to provide properly objective and independent advice.


We bring contemporary advisory services to companies both in the UK and internationally. Working with our clients in this way means we have built long-term relationships with corporates, institutions and governments.


Contact: Tim Stocks: t.stocks@jamesstocks.com