ThinCats, Lawrence Stephens and GBB announce new hires

ThinCats, GBB and Lawrence Stephens have bolstered their teams with new hires.


ThinCats has appointed Talal Malghani as director of corporate development.

He will be responsible for ensuring stable and diverse funding sources, including public market securitisation, forward flows and private financing for existing and new potential products. 

Talal joins from the NatWest’s FIG advisory team, where he spent three years covering the UK and European specialist lending sector, particularly focusing on asset level capital raising for the UK SME sector to fund term loans and bridging products.

Commenting on his appointment, Talal said: “ThinCats has a distinct proposition in the UK mid-sized SME sector that is enabled by an unbeatable combination of market-leading analytics, strong origination and robust underwriting capabilities demonstrable by an excellent track record.

“Such capabilities supplemented by a particularly impressive management team positions ThinCats well for a significant growth trajectory.” 

Ravi Anand, MD at ThinCats, added: “Following our recent announcement of the investment from Wafra Capital Partners which will enable us to lend a further £2bn, we are keen to keep up the momentum and continue to drive forward in the provision of funding to mid-sized businesses across the UK, and Talal’s appointment will be key in supporting this effort.”


North-East challenger GBB has appointed Mike Kirsopp and Vicky Griffiths as non-executive directors to its board, subject to regulatory approval.

Mike has over 40 years of experience in SME lending, having worked for various companies, including Lloyds Bank.

He also previously ran his own consultancy business, Mike Kirsopp Associates.

Most recently, he announced his retirement from Cambridge & Counties Bank Ltd, where he was chief executive officer since 2014 and helped the company gain its full banking licence.

Meanwhile, Vicky is currently a partner at Independent Search Partnership, as well as senior independent director of the British Olympic Foundation, deputy chair of Bellevue Place Education Trust and non-executive director at RM PLC.

She also sits on several audit, remuneration and nomination committees, as well as the main committee at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Paul Rippon, non-executive chairman at GBB, said: “I am delighted to have been able to attract two independent non-executive directors of Mike and Vicky’s quality. 

“Property and people skills is what we were looking for and absolutely what we found in these two. 

“They join the board of GBB at a crucial moment as we move at pace with our plans to launch later this year and to start levelling up the UK by supporting regional property developers.”

GBB is expecting to launch in the second half of 2021 following approval of its banking licence application.

Lawrence Stephens

Lawrence Stephens has appointed Angela McCarthy as an associate for its real estate team.

With 10 years’ experience in the real estate sector, including four years practicing as a commercial real estate solicitor, Angela brings extensive specialist knowledge to Lawrence Stephens’ team.

She has particularly strong experience in managing investment transactions, lease renewals, portfolio management and landlord and tenant matters. 

Angela joins the firm from Howard Kennedy, where she spent three years honing her commercial property expertise in the real estate – investment, landlord and tenant team.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into this new challenge and I hope that my expertise and breadth of experience in the commercial property sector will enable me to add value to the firm and deliver exceptional results for our clients,” said Angela.

Stephen Messias, head of real estate at Lawrence Stephens, commented: “It is a pleasure to welcome Angela to our growing real estate department. 

“With ever increasing requests for landlord and tenant services and advice on investment and commercial property transactions, Angela’s skills and experience will undoubtedly be a huge asset to our team and our valued clients.”

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