• Success story




    Smallsteps approached with a need for a CFO role based in Europe.


    Personalised service:

    Having a deep understanding of and working with private equity-backed businesses like Smallsteps meant that we were able to deliver a personalised service that worked for them. We assessed personality, experience and suitability which we believed to be imperative for Smallsteps. This led us to shortlist 4 strong candidates with a wealth of positive and appropriate attributes. 

    Repeat business:

    Due to the success of placing such a strong candidate here, we have since had repeat business from the private equity firm behind Smallsteps, which has led to cementing our reputation within this evolving industry. 

    I have a long-standing relationship with Finatal and I could not recommend them highly enough. They are passionate and delivered a high-quality service on a very technical role. We had a very smooth process with no hidden surprises.

    JF Lehman

    Global Marine

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    Addison Lee 

    Addison Lee, backed by The Carlyle Group, needed Finatal to find an Interim Deputy CFO. 


    The Need:

    We were approached by Caryle to work on a project role working with the CFO, CEO and the PE house. The role was to develop the commercial reporting but also work heavily on the refinancing of the business. They wanted someone with high level of PE and bank refinancing experience who could operate at board level but also get involved in developing the finance functions processes and reporting. 

    The Strategy:

    We assembled a range of candidates by understanding the given brief and key criteria. This was instrumented in the defined timeframe set by the client. 

    The Solution:

    After searching our highly extensive candidate database, we were able to propose our most suited candidate to the client through pre-assessment and vigorous interview process. The client trusted our expertise and we successfully placed a candidate for the interim role. 

    With the success of placing an Interim Deputy CFO for Addison Lee, we have continued to place candidates for them; We placed an Interim Head of Finance using the same approach we have for all our clients; we listen to the needs, use our unique search strategy and find the best candidate for that specific role. 

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    August Equity

    In the last five years, Finatal have placed over 15 CFOs for August Equity, a private equity business focused on health, technology and businesses, and are now their preferred supplier. 


    CFO hires for this business require a suitable culture fit. Finatal has been able to recommend CFO candidates who August Equity have previously overlooked, by considering their cultural fit and technical ability together. These out of the box placements have since worked out to successful placements. 

    The Solution:

    “I’ve engaged with Finatal twice in the last year for Finance Directors within our portfolio and been very impressed with the outcomes on both occasions. They get what good private equity FD look like and has a very good understanding of the kind of FDs we at August like to work with. He has been tenacious, proactive and delivered strong shortlists for two very different briefs, and we’ve been really happy with the Finance Directors we’ve hired and the value they’ve delivered so far”. 

    “We’ve worked with Paul and Finatal over the last few years to recruit most of our CFOs across the portfolio, in a range of locations across the UK – including Glasgow, Yorkshire, Midlands and the Southeast. Paul has a great understanding of what makes an August FD tick and is the proverbial “rat up a drainpipe”, always proactive and finding some exceptional candidates that have helped our business drive forward.”

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    Adarma, a cyber-security company backed by Livingbridge needed a CFO.


    The Strategy:

    The business went through 3 different recruiters who were unable to find a CFO with the right mix of private equity, commercial and strategic skills for their Edinburgh based business. Immediately, we filled with an interim CFO who was on our network, whilst we sourced a permanent placement. 

    The Solution:

    We looked through our extensive network both locally and more broadly across the UK, before we successfully placed a seasoned CFO with experience delivering shareholder value in a results driven environment. 

    “We have worked with Finatal for a number of years, engaging them to help us with both interim and permanent CFO and FD hires across our portfolio. We recently backed a ne business in the cybersecurity space, Adarma, based in Edinburgh, and hired an interim CFO through Finatal. Having gone through a failed search process with another firm and exhausted the local market, we asked Finatal to help; they provided a number of high quality CFO candidates who were willing to do the weekly commute to Edinburgh, and have just hired an exceptional, high calibre CFO who fit the brief very well in terms of personality and culture fit. Paul did a great job guiding the candidate through the process and we are delighted to have got Mark on board.” – Ruby Biring, Head of Talent – Livingbridge.