Lender overcomes Islamic mortgage challenge

Lender overcomes Islamic mortgage challenge


A boutique finance brokerage and leading specialist short term lender are celebrating their new partnership following the successful completion of back-to-back second charge bridging loans with a combined value of more than £4 million.

Mayfair-based Arc & Co selected Omni Capital as its preferred lending partner for both deals. Time was of the essence in each case, which required clear, unfussy decision-making and a focused effort by all parties. No other brokers were involved.

The first case required a second charge loan in excess of £2.6 million at a loan-to-value (LTV) of 75 per cent. Secured on a property in Chelsea, West London, the client - a corporate entity - had specific time and completion constraints.

A particular complexity was that the subsisting first charge was granted as an Islamic mortgage. This required specialist legal intervention to ensure timelines were met and the interests of all parties well-served.

Completed just one week after the first, the second case was valued at £1.4 million and is secured on a property in Hampstead, North-West London. It too was a second charge loan granted at an LTV of 75 per cent, and is subordinate to a first charge in favour of a famous London banking house.

Colin Sanders, CEO of Omni Capital, said: “There is no mistaking the increasing demand from brokers for high-value second charge bridging finance for their property investor and development clients. Happily, Omni Capital is one of a relatively small number of short term lenders able to meet their needs.”

He added: “Funded directly by our parent company, CPC Group, we have a distinct appetite and ability for this type of business. Working in close partnership with a brokerage of the quality of Arc & Co. enables us to deliver the right outcomes for their clients denied elsewhere.”

Andrew Robinson, Managing Director of Arc & Co, said: “As independent advisors the success of our business is dependent on our ability to provide timely solutions to complex transactions. In these deals in particular, Omni Capital played an integral role by supporting us and the clients with their specialist knowledge and access to professional advice."

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