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First Sentinel comprises a group of companies providing investment and corporate finance services.
First Sentinel Corporate Finance Limited provides corporate finance advisory services and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 760668). Registered in England and Wales under registered number 07832675.
First Sentinel PLC is an alternative investment company admitted to trading on the NEX Growth Market and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a small authorised UK AIFM (FRN 760350). Registered in England and Wales under registered number 10183367.
First Sentinel Broking Limited provides Corporate Broking and is registered in England and Wales under registered number 10651253. First Sentinel Broking Limited is an appointed representative of First Sentinel Corporate Finance Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA (FCA registration number 550103). First Sentinel Law Limited is registered in England and Wales under registered number 10732869. First Sentinel Perennial Limited (registered in England and Wales under registered number 11024963). Capable Finance Ltd. (registered in England and Wales under registered number 11765267).
The services and investments offered by First Sentinel PLC, First Sentinel Broking Limited and First Sentinel Law are presently not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, but these companies are partly owned by First Sentinel Corporate Finance Limited, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
First Sentinel Corporate Finance Limited, First Sentinel PLC, First Sentinel Broking Limited and First Sentinel Law are together referred to as “First Sentinel”.
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Investment in new business carries high risks as well as the possibility of high rewards. It is highly speculative and potential investors should be aware that (a) they could lose the total value of their investment and (b) no established market exists for the trading of shares in private companies, making it difficult to sell your shares.
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Investing equity in early-stage businesses which are not quoted on any stock exchange carries particular risks. Please see below some information relating to these risks.
1. Loss of Capital
Investors should only invest an amount that they are willing to lose and should balance this with safer, more liquid investments, to spread risk. Many early-stage businesses fail or do not scale as planned. Therefore, investing in these businesses may involve significant risk.
2. Dependence on the directors
The success of many investee companies will depend in part upon the ability of their directors to develop and maintain a strategy that achieves the company’s investment objectives. Thus, the departure of a director may result in the deterioration of an investee company’s performance.
3. Lack of operating history
Some companies are relatively early stage and, as such, have no substantive operating history upon which prospective investors can evaluate likely performance.
4. Forecasts and Past performance
Neither past performance nor forecasts should not be regarded as a reliable indicator of future performance.
You can reduce your risk by spreading your investment across multiple deals, rather than investing all available funds into one deal.
Equity investments lack liquidity, meaning that they cannot be sold easily and they are unlikely to be listed on a secondary trading market, such as AIM, Plus or the London Stock Exchange.
7. Rarity of Dividends
Dividends are payments made by a business to its shareholders from the company’s profits. Many early-stage companies rarely pay dividends to their investors. This means that you are unlikely to see a return on your investment unless you sell your shares. Even for a successful business, this is unlikely to occur for a number of years from the time you make your investment.
Equity investment in shares may be subject to dilution, if the investee company issues more shares. If under the investor agreement, investors are given “pre-emption rights”, in the event of a further fundraising, they are entitled to buy a proportionate number of shares, enabling them to maintain their percentage shareholding in the company. If investors do not exercise their pre-emption rights, their shareholding will be diluted, affecting the voting rights, dividends and value of their shares.
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Details of the organisation responsible for overseeing all regulatory matters, including financial promotions, in relation to information provided on this Platform (the “Regulated Entity”) is First Sentinel Corporate Finance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference Number 760668) or its appointed representative First Sentinel Broking Limited.
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Investors using this Platform are treated as customers of the Regulated Entity and, therefore, they have the potential to be compensated out of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme established and operated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the event that the Regulated Entity should fail in the conduct of its FCA regulated activities. However, investors will not be able to claim under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme merely because an investee company displayed on the Platform fails. Details of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme may be found at www.fscs.org.uk
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