SEA Equity

We are entrepreneurial investors focused on small and medium sized companies across the UK and Europe

About Us

SEA Equity is a private investment firm focused on backing small and medium sized companies across the UK and Europe. We approach investments with an entrepreneurial mindset and work alongside experienced management teams to promote transformational growth and build market-leading businesses through geographic expansion, strategic acquisitions and operational improvements.

We make decisions quickly and deploy flexible capital to fund a wide range of transaction types. We back management teams in buy-outs, support new teams to buy-in, acquire non-core divisions from large corporates and help owner-managers to find solutions in a retirement sale.

Key Facts about SEA Equity

  • Run by its founders, Elliott Nicholson and Stani Schmidt-Chiari
  • Focused on acquiring businesses with profits of between £1-7m
  • Ability to complete investments in short time frames
  • Access to a team of industry-leading operating executives to strengthen and support existing management teams
  • Long-term investment horizons without restriction on hold period
  • £50 million of committed capital with access to additional funds of up to £100m
SEA Equity

Team

With experience in a variety of sectors, we are passionate about helping companies to reach their full potential. Please call or drop us an email to discuss a business opportunity.

Elliott Nicholson

Partner

elliott.nicholson@seaequity.com
+44 (0) 203 7058 572

Elliott is a founding partner of SEA Equity and a Director of Vacuum Furnace Engineering and Dycem. Before SEA Equity, he was a member of H.I.G. Capital’s private equity team in London. Elliott has extensive investment experience completing a wide range of transactions in a variety of industries with a particular focus on industrials, business services and media.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Elliott was part of the investment banking team at J.P. Morgan Cazenove advising UK industrial clients.

Elliott graduated from University College London with a degree in Economics.

Stani Schmidt-Chiari

Partner

stani.schmidt@seaequity.com
+44 (0) 203 7058 571

Stani is a founding partner of SEA Equity and a Director of Vacuum Furnace Engineering and Dycem. Before SEA Equity, Stani was at H.I.G. Capital covering the UK and German speaking countries for private equity investments. Prior to that that he worked at Apax Partners focusing on financial and business services companies. Stani started his career at Lehman Brothers in leveraged finance.

Stani graduated from University College London with a degree in East European Studies and Economics and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He is a native German speaker, is fluent in English and French and speaks conversational Russian.

JONAS RAVE

Director

jonas.rave@seaequity.com
+44 (0) 203 7058 574

Prior to joining SEA Equity as a Director, Jonas was Director of Business Strategy for Ampush, a fast-growing technology company based in San Francisco. Previously, he worked at H.I.G. Capital covering the UK and German speaking countries for private equity investments. He started his career in the Consumer & Retail M&A team at Goldman Sachs in London.

Jonas holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a German native and speaks conversational French and Italian.

James Mitchell

Director

james.mitchell@seaequity.com
+44 (0) 203 7058 575

James joined SEA Equity from KPMG where he headed UK mid-market private equity coverage. Previously, he worked at H.I.G. Capital covering the UK and Ireland for private equity investments. James started his career in the corporate finance team of the Wilton Group, a family office services boutique.

James holds a degree in Law from the University of Leeds and a Masters in International Relations with Islamic Finance from Durham University.

Ben Ievers

Associate Director

ben.ievers@seaequity.com
+44 (0) 203 7058 573

Ben joined SEA Equity from KPMG where he was a member of the deal advisory department, working in the corporate finance, transaction services and restructuring teams. Ben specialised in providing financial and operational advice to businesses in the engineering and healthcare sectors.

Prior to KPMG, Ben started his career as a Civil Engineer working for AECOM as part of their infrastructure design team. He graduated with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Nottingham and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Portfolio: VFE

VFE is the leading specialist in the service, overhaul, design and supply of vacuum furnaces, with 50 employees at its base in the West Midlands. VFE offers novel engineered solutions covering all makes of equipment and all aspects of vacuum furnace technology including vacuum heat treatment, vacuum brazing, vacuum melting & casting, diffusion bonding, vacuum sintering, as well as many other processes.

SEA Equity unlocked this complex transaction by providing new management including a CEO, Chairman and Finance Director to re-enforce the existing management team and to enable some of the vendors to retire.

SEA Equity is backing Charlie White (CEO) and Roy Kishor (Chairman) to develop VFE’s product range and geographic coverage to further improve the service offering to their blue chip customer base. Vendors Keith Masters and Keith Potter will remain a key part of the management team going forward driving sales and providing their extensive engineering knowledge.

Visit www.vfe.co.uk

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Portfolio: Dycem

Founded in 1966, Dycem is a world-leading manufacturer of branded polymeric contamination control flooring, which is sold to a global blue chip customer base. In addition the brand is synonymous with non-slip products for the physiotherapist, occupational therapist and assisted living markets worldwide.

The business today exports to more than 50 countries worldwide, has a turnover of around £7.5m and employs 55 staff, based in key sites in Bristol in the UK, Rhode Island in the USA and an office in Cavite, Philippines.

SEA Equity bridged the entire transaction value at close to ensure a fast and orderly process and provide the vendor with certainty. SEA Equity sourced a management buy-in team backing Stewart Cantley as MD and Michael Bell as finance director to continue to grow the business internationally. Former MD and shareholder Mark Dalziel is staying with the business as a non-executive director, working with SEA Equity and the new management team in taking Dycem to the next stage in the company’s development.

Visit www.dycem.com

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SEA Equity Limited

23 Hanover Square | London | W1S 1JB | United Kingdom