Shelley Sandzer, the leading specialist leisure property agency, and Gerald Edelman, one of the leading mid-market business advisory and professional services firms in the UK, have announced the creation of a new business, Shelley Sandzer Corporate Finance (SSCF). The venture will bring together the companies’ respective expertise in property and finance to provide F&B operators with a full spectrum of services to help maximise their growth.
FCA registered, Gerald Edelman’s team will assist Shelley Sandzer’s existing and new clients seeking advice on raising private equity, debt finance, family office finance and other funding routes to suit their needs. The new business will also advise and assist those seeking to sell their company, or buy other companies as they look to grow. These services will complement Shelley Sandzer’s unique understanding of the hospitality sector, particularly in central London, gained from advising operators and landlords since the company was founded in 1983.
Commenting on the launch, Ted Schama, co-Managing Director of Shelley Sandzer, said: “F&B operators need two pivotal services outside their own skill set: property advice and finance. The creation of Shelley Sandzer Corporate Finance delivers the perfect offer to satisfy these needs. Working with a single team of trusted advisors, business owners will receive a truly rounded view that will provide greater value than working with separate companies.
“We are thrilled to be working with the team at Gerald Edelman. They have an excellent track record in finance, understand the hospitality sector and, like us, recognise the opportunity.”
Richard Kleiner, CEO of Gerald Edelman, added: “Shelley Sandzer Corporate Finance is unique in the partner-level of expertise that will be provided. Clients will work directly with the most senior members of both companies, ensuring the best, most relevant and experienced advice is being provided directly to hospitality business owners.
“While the sector is facing challenges as it begins to emerge from the lockdown, we are confident Shelley Sandzer Corporate Finance can help operators navigate what lies ahead to emerge stronger and in a position to thrive.”
The announcement follows Shelley Sandzer’s recent partnership with Deliveroo and global law firm, Goodwin, to accelerate the pace of recovery in the F&B sector. The three companies published a series of practical guides to help landlords and tenants work together, including Shelley Sandzer’s 3Cs philosophy of co-operation, collaboration and compromise.