Leading UK retirement adviser backed by private equity firm

Palatine investment in My Pension Expert confirmed following FCA approval

Palatine Private Equity has completed a significant investment into My Pension Expert following approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

My Pension Expert is the UK’s leading at-retirement adviser, with its telephone and video-based services allowing the company to provide independent financial advice on a national scale.

Palatine’s investment will accelerate My Pension Expert’s growth plans as the business aims to ensure people of all wealth brackets can receive independent financial advice and achieve their desired retirement outcomes.

As part of the process, My Money Expert also completed a debt refinancing with Beechbrook Capital. The new package from Beechbrook includes potential for additional funds to be made available to the business to facilitate further expansion in the future.

Palatine’s investment was confirmed in May 2022, with FCA change of controller approval being granted at the end of July.

Andrew Megson, executive chairman at My Pension Expert, commented: “We are delighted to conclude the investment by Palatine. It will enable My Pension Expert to further build on its success over recent years and fast-track our growth as we deliver much-needed independent financial advice to people across the UK. I believe this is fundamental to improving people’s financial security in their retirement.

“Palatine is the perfect partner to support this growth, and their strong Environmental, Social and Governance credentials were a key factor in the decision to work with them. All the team at My Pension Expert are incredibly excited about building a fantastic future helping people to achieve their goals in retirement.”

The refinancing of the company debt with Beechbrook Capital will provide further support to accelerate the growth of the business and allow My Pension Expert to capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Kieran Lawton, senior investment director at Palatine, added: “The My Pension Expert team have done an outstanding job to date, and we are very much looking forward to working alongside them to help the company grow quickly and reach its potential.

“The need for services and support like that provided by My Pension Expert has never been more important. Our focus will be on supporting Andrew and the team through value enhancement initiatives across digital, technology, people and sustainability in order to help them continue to build a highly trusted and fast-growing pensions advisory business.”

Doncaster-based My Pension Expert was advised by Park Palace Corporate Finance, Addleshaw Goddard and BDO. Palatine was advised by Gateley Legal, Kroll and RSM.

Regarding the refinance, Beechbrook were advised by Pinsent Masons and My Pension Expert by Gateley Legal.

About My Pension Expert
My Pension Expert is the UK’s number one Advised Retirement Income Specialist. Founded in 2010, My Pension Expert specialises in providing independent advice to UK consumers about their pension plans – it arranges millions of pounds worth of retirement income options each week.

My Pension Expert adopts Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) in all aspects of its business and constantly seeks to improve this. The business has implemented a carbon-neutral policy and is offsetting its carbon footprint by monthly contributions to a tree-planting programme in the UK and around the world. Further information about My Pension Expert’s ESG policy can be found on their website.

About Palatine
Palatine is a UK mid-market private equity investor focused on delivering returns through sustainable growth by building on solid foundations with a commitment to the environment and society.

Palatine sees private equity as a force for good. A positivity born of generating returns in the right way.

Founded in 2005 by partners Gary Tipper, Ed Fazakerley and Tony Dickin, the firm has successfully raised four Buyout Funds and was the first private equity firm in its market to raise a returns-focused Impact Fund.

Its approach is built on three solid foundations: investing in relationships, identifying the appropriate value enhancement strategies, and improving sustainability outcomes through its pioneering ESG framework.

Palatine seeks to partner with management teams across the business services, financial services, health, education and technology sectors, investing from two funds:

Buyout Fund: Sustainable returns: investing between £10m – £30m in dynamic and visionary management teams looking to drive their business through their next phase of sustainable growth.

Impact Fund: Returns with purpose: investing £5m – £20m in commercially driven businesses with a mission to positively impact on society or the environment.

Palatine is headquartered in Manchester with offices in London and Birmingham.

 

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