Neil Harding joins Asset Match as Northern Region Director
Asset Match, the online marketplace to buy and sell shares in UK private companies, today announces the appointment of Neil Harding as Regional Director – Northern Region.
Neil is a highly respected private client stock broker who recently retired from a full time senior executive position at Brewin Dolphin where he was Divisional Director and where he continues to have an advisory role. Having started his career at 16, Neil has considerable experience advising private and public companies both big and small: from his involvement in the original 1991 Manchester United IPO through to providing match bargain services to investors in unquoted companies. He has particular interest in breweries and ethical businesses and has worked with companies such as Hop Back, Black Sheep, Traidcraft, Café Direct and Triodos Renewables.
Commenting on the appointment Stuart Lucas, founder and co-CEO of Asset Match, said: “We are delighted that Neil has agreed to represent Asset Match in the North of England. He is extremely well connected in the local and regional business communities and has real insight in sectors, such as brewing, where we are very active. Our research shows that there are over 330 private companies in the Greater Manchester area and surrounding counties with a turnover of over £15 million and with multiple shareholders. Many of these companies may struggle to supply their shareholders with an exit, particularly if they are not considering an IPO or a trade sale.”
Neil Harding added: “Asset Match is a perfect fit for my skills and interests. My past experience in match bargain services puts me in a strong position to understand the challenges in offering liquidity to shareholders in unquoted companies. Asset Match’s online platform provides a transparent and fair way for investors to come together for a ‘liquidity event’ by way of an auction, whilst allowing the companies to remain private.”