CapitalRise expands team with senior hires

CapitalRise has appointed Lee Francis as lending director and Lisa Singh (pictured above) as associate director.

In his new role, Lee — who joins the company from Assetz Capital — will be originating, structuring and executing real estate debt transactions, focused primarily on the Home Counties.

Meanwhile, Lisa — who joins from West One — will be originating loans and managing the current CapitalRise loan portfolio.

Both of them will use their extensive experience to help the property finance platform support more developers in key locations across London and the Home Counties.

“It is great to have joined CapitalRise at such an exciting time for the business,” said Lee.

“CapitalRise has unrivalled development expertise and I look forward to working with the team to create more opportunities.”

Lisa added: “I am very pleased to have joined the CapitalRise team; the company’s compelling product offering and its ability to move quickly and flexibly are what drew me to this new opportunity. 

“I look forward to seeing what exciting things the year ahead has to hold.”

CapitalRise has grown its lending team over recent months following a continued rise in interest from property developers in London and Home Counties. 

This follows the 2020 trend which saw the lender receive over £5.4bn of loan enquiries, a significant increase from the £3.5bn of enquiries received in 2019.

Uma Rajah, CEO and co-founder of CapitalRise, commented: “I am absolutely thrilled Lisa and Lee have joined our expanding team. 

“Their knowledge and expertise in the regional property markets is second to none and will be a great asset to us.

“Our business started in prime central London and has expanded to outer London and the Home Counties over recent years, locations where we have successfully completed many loans as part of our strategy to widen our geographical focus.

“We have specific sources of funding now dedicated to bridging and development finance in these locations, and we are keen to work with more developers and investors to finance their property projects in these areas.”

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