Downing LLP is an FCA-authorised and regulated investment manager with over 30 years of experience and has raised funds from 35,000 investors. We help UK businesses grow by investing in them via our wide range of products. We are proud to have raised over £1.7 billion into businesses across a range of sectors and currently have over £1 billion of funds under management. Since 2010, we have provided more than £250 million worth of loans to UK development projects.
We understand the frustration many developers encounter when seeking funding from banks, often because no distinction is made between construction risk and development risk. Working with experienced developers, our team brings both finance and property expertise to the table. We work to understand the unique features of each project and offer a bespoke solution.
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Meet the Team
Partner and Head of Lending
Jonathan is head of our lending team. He has 20 years’ experience in the industry and has led around 100 transactions. These comprised growth investments, management buy-outs, acquisitions, company sales, refinancings, and development finance. Jonathan has spent the past nine years at Downing focussing on both equity and debt investments, most of which have involved development and/or construction. Jonathan is responsible for building our lending business and has a strong track record of lending across a wide range of property developments including residential apartments and houses, purpose-built student accommodation, hotels, office buildings and data centres.
Sam has played a key role in the investment team at Downing since 2014. He focuses on investing in and working with businesses seeking growth capital, across both equity and debt investments. On the debt side, this includes managing secured loans to drive value through development or active management of a property. This has included projects such as an office building, residential property, a pub and wedding venues. Sam has over 10 years’ experience within investment.
Parik joined Downing in August 2017 to focus on residential property development. Prior to this, he was director of real estate finance at peer-to-peer property lender Funding Circle (FC). During his time at FC, he originated over £100 million in loans. Parik also worked on the real estate finance team at Barclays where he was a relationship director for property developers and investors, on projects above £10 million. He was subsequently a director on the Barclays business support team from 2009-10, responsible for restructuring debt for a portfolio of distressed property companies. He now specialises in projects requiring between £1-£20 million of debt funding. He holds an MBA from Durham Business School.
John formally joined Downing as Construction Director in August 2016, having worked with the property team since 2014 on a consultancy basis. He is a chartered surveyor with a focus on property development project management. John has 30 years’ wide-ranging experience gained at partner level with two major surveying practices, and roles including Head of Construction (Europe) with AIG Global Real Estate, European Projects Director with Pyramid Hotel Group and Projects Director with Shore Energy. John works across Downing’s asset-backed and energy investment teams to manage construction risk. He has a first-class honours degree in building surveying from the University of Reading.
Hannah joined Downing in early November 2017. Along with Parik, she was formerly a member of the property development team at Funding Circle. Hannah has experience of working within deal execution and this will remain her focus at Downing.