Houghton Street Capital is a corporate strategy advisory firm which focuses on assisting businesses and investors with capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, investment origination and strategic advice.

Houghton Street Capital is an international corporate strategy advisor based in London.

We offer a complete range of advisory services to small and medium sized enterprises, individuals and institutional investors, and focus on UK and international deals up to £250 million in value across a wide range of sectors.

We pride ourselves on providing honest, incisive and to-the-point advice to our clients and aim to become their long-term trusted advisers.

The HSC team provides hands-on advice to businesses and investors across a range of sectors on a global basis. With international M&A capability, our team is committed to providing our clients with the best possible solution.

Geographically the HSC team have worked in the UK, Europe, India, East & Southern Africa and the Asia Pacific Region, and collectively have almost 70 years of experience across corporate finance, M&A, asset management, private equity, legal services and general management.


Strategic Advisory

Helping businesses assess opportunities, develop business plans and financial models and create growth strategies.

Equity & Debt Advisory

Sourcing financing solutions, negotiation of term sheets, other documentation and amendments in existing terms.

M & A Advisory

Advising on acquisitions, disposals, private equity transactions and finance raising, including execution, valuation, preparation of business plans and financial models and coordination with other advisers.

Special Situations

Originating and executing special situations financing opportunities and creation of specialised lending platforms.



  • Neeraj Bhardwaj
    Neeraj BhardwajPartner

    Neeraj has general management, marketing and entrepreneurial experience in financial services, outsourcing and research and analytics. He is currently a Director at Aranca, an India based research and analytics firm serving over 1500 clients globally. He is also an investor/advisor to a number of startups and outsourcing ventures.

    Neeraj was the CEO of RocSearch from 2004 to 2007, a turnaround of a publishing business into a custom research and analytics firm. Prior to that he was part of a start up team at Inaltus, the UK’s first SME Accounting and Finance startup. From 1996 to 1999 he was a banking supervisor at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority.

    Neeraj has an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

  • Abir Mukherjee
    Abir MukherjeePartner

    Abir has expertise in corporate finance and business development acquired in a range of senior management roles. He focusses primarily on international mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and new business development. Abir is also a Director of Athena Corporate Finance Ltd, which provides corporate finance advisory and capital raising services to small and mid sized businesses looking to grow internationally.

    Between 2009 and 2012, Abir was Senior Vice President in charge of international business development and M&A for the British-American Investment Group of companies, headquartered in Mauritius. Prior to this he was a director of Deloitte UK’s India Services Group, in charge of corporate finance.

    Abir has a Bachelors in Economics from the London School of Economics (1994), with Honours, he is a UK qualified chartered accountant and holds a Securities Institute diploma in corporate finance.

  • Hash S. Dave
    Hash S. DavePartner

    Hash has expertise in private investments primarily focused on special situations, distressed and private equity. He is a Director in AARK Global, a Hong Kong based company focused on Asian opportunities.

    Hash was previously a Director in the Asia Pacific Illiquid Investment Team for DB Zwirn Asia Partners, from 2006. Previously, from 2002 to 2006 he was an Investment Principal in the Special Situations team at Actis Capital focusing on Asia ex-Japan. Prior to this he worked as an Associate at KPMG Corporate Finance, a Trader at PRICOA Capital and a Bond Salesman at Peregrine Fixed Income.

    Hash has a Masters in Finance from the London Business School (2001) and a Bachelors in Economics from the London School of Economics (1994), with Honours.

  • James Edmunds
      James EdmundsAdvisory Board Member

      Jim is a very experienced lawyer whose primary areas of practice are banking, leasing, project and asset finance with a particular emphasis on the aviation sector.

      In 1988 he established the leasing division at Beaumont and Son, specialising in the aircraft and airline sector. In 2005 Beaumont’s merged with Clyde & Co and Jim developed their Dubai aviation operation until 2011 when he returned to London to join Gates and Partners, a firm started by Beaumont’s former Senior Partner, Sean Gates. Recently Gates has merged with Kennedys where Jim was a partner until the end of March 2015. He know works closely with John at DS Leasing and the HSC Team.

      After being educated at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, where he flew jets, he obtained a Law degree from the University of London and started his career with solicitors acting for Julian Hodge. He later became in-house council with successively Lombard and Lloyds Leasing.

    • Jaideep Krishna
        Jaideep KrishnaAdvisory Board Member

        Jaideep currently owns and runs AARK Global Limited, a Hong Kong domiciled, boutique investment and advisory vehicle.

        Prior to June 2009, Jaideep was a Managing Director at D.B. Zwirn Asia, joining in May 2006 and based in Hong Kong and headed the firm’s investment activity in Asia Pacific. Since January 2005 he worked as a Partner and Head of the Special Situations Group at Actis Capital in London. From 1998 – 2003 he was a Managing Director for Cerberus Capital Management in Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, China and SE Asia. Prior to that he held various senior positions at Peregrine Fixed Income in Hong Kong, including Head of Credit Research and Originations. Prior to that he was a Risk Manager at Citigroup Hong Kong and worked at HSBC in Hong Kong & India in various risk management, credit and operation management roles.

        Jaideep has a BA Economics from the Sriram College of Commerce in New Delhi and MA in Management Studies (Finance and Marketing) from the University of Bombay.

      • John Lutterloch
          John LutterlochAdvisory Board Member

          John has held senior positions as a Managing Director at G E Capital Corporation Ltd., Managing Director of Baltic Leasing Ltd and Vice President at Security Pacific Leasing (Europe) Inc. At GE he headed up GE Capital’s Northern European operations, focusing on operating leases on sectors such as transportation, telecoms, marine, aviation and IT.

          In 1994 he established Industrial Investment Group Ltd as a private investment company. In 2004, he co-founded St Helens Finance plc which was listed on OFEX. The most recent joint ventures have been formed with St Helen’s Capital plc, Merchant House Group plc and Daniel Stewart Securities plc. He is currently Chairman and Chief Executive of DS Finance & Leasing Ltd.

          He is a regular contributor to various Leasing publications. Since 2009 he has written the ‘City Chatter’ column for Leasing World magazine.

        • Stephen Stolliday
            Stephen StollidayAdvisory Board Member

            Stephen is an experienced financial investment professional with a background in Private Equity, Corporate Finance, Business Turnarounds, Portfolio and Asset Management and Special Situations investing. He is the Head of the Special Operations Unit at the African Development Bank.

            Stephen has invested in and divested from investments across many countries and industrial sectors over the last 20 years and he has a large and interesting global contact base in the investment community with a specific focus on Central and South East Asia.

            Stephen was formerly an investment executive at Finance Wales, investing in equity and development finance deals with SMEs across Wales. Prior to this he has been a director of several major Emerging Markets funds including the Commonwealth Development Corporation (‘CDC’), Actis, the Abraaj Group and more recently he was Deputy CIO for the CITIC Kazyna Private Equity Investment Fund in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, having trained at Price Waterhouse in London and he has lived and worked overseas for the last 10 years in Singapore, China, Philippines and Kazakhstan.

            He attended the University of London and has a degree in Geography.


          • Growth capital for a Chinese educational company
          • Private debt financing for a SE Asian resources company
          • Pre-IPO fundraising for an Eastern European mining vehicle
          • Advised a UK based life sciences business on the acquisition strategy
          • Advised a financial institution on bid to acquire retail banking operations of a major international bank
          • Advised an Indian group on acquisitions in the UK house building sector
          • Advised a UK based provider of stem cell banking services, on international growth strategy including finance raising, local partner selection and negotiating JVs
          • Preparation and implementation of a strategy for refinancing for a major Mauritius based investment group.
          • Advised on India offshoring strategy of UK based managed services provider
          • Advised on Investment in South East Asian distressed textile company and subsequent sale to strategic buyer
          • Purchase of regional finance company as an orphan asset from an international institution
          • Purchase of a UK listed technology business on behalf of a Asian client
          • Origination of Asian special situation investment opportunities
          • Origination of UK real estate investment opportunities
          • Origination of India based outsourcing opportunities
          • Investment in a telecom infrastructure company in South Asia
          • Financing of a Chinese brokerage in structured investment
          • Bridge financing for a UK investment company
          • Sale of commercial property in North Asia
          • Sale of technology businesses in UK
          • Disposal of the trade and assets of UK based pharmaceuticals company to overseas acquirers
          • Workout of a specialist a non-bank finance company in Asia
          • Restructuring plan for an Asia Pacific retailer
          • UK restructurings and workouts across multiple sectors

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