International law firm Osborne Clarke has advised Mera Investment Management ("Mera IM"), a specialist real estate lender, as it secures significant equity backing from a private family office to accelerate its growth plans and future lending ambitions. The investment will see Mera IM look to deploy some £100m of lending this year.

Mera IM was assisted by Osborne Clarke's market leading venture capital team, led by corporate partner James Taylor with support from senior associate Adam Turner. Partner Tom Bussy and associate director Andrew Parsons advised on banking, associate Caroline Hynes on employment and partner David Nisbet on tax.

Founded in late 2019 by ex-Topland financier Ed Matthews, Mera IM is backed by private client capital. Having concluded its first loan in 2020 and delivered £30m of new lending in 2022, the boutique lender is targeting ambitious growth for 2023.

Mera IM plans include developing its existing team, investing in technology to service increased demand from borrowers and deploying significant capital into senior and mezzanine loans.

Ed Matthews, Chief Executive at Mera IM, said:

"Having built our lending business organically over the past 15 months, this latest equity injection is a significant accelerator to our plans as we seek to grow our team and our lending pipeline. I'm very thankful to James, Adam and the rest of the Osborne Clarke team. Their expertise and diligence was very reassuring and made for a smooth transaction process".

James Taylor, partner at Osborne Clarke, said:

"It was a pleasure to support Mera IM on securing funding that will enable the business to accelerate its growth plans. I look forward to seeing Ed and the Mera IM team build on their success to date as they pursue further opportunities".

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