Steve Curtis


Steve is an experienced Chairman with a proven track record of building and developing teams to grow businesses.

His earlier career in blue-chip retail and financial services led to several Board appointments, including two as MD, before he joined the US outfit Gordon Brothers. Steve led a number of their marquee deals and took MD roles at two of their invested companies.

He set up his own practice in 2012, when headhunted by KPMG to help lead the transformation and sale of, and has since focused on the growth of 13 businesses (to date) in the private equity arena, for Rcapital. These include the integration of Morses Club and Shopacheck and its subsequent and hugely successful IPO.

We uniquely combine the full skill set – banking, investment, business growth and M&A – to make us a preferred partner to UK financial services’ businesses; and our ready access to house capital enables us to make a very quick decision.

About Quilam

We enjoy the challenge of developing a business from scratch. We share in our clients’ highs and lows, and take delight in seeing them thrive. Read more

What we do

We provide bespoke capital structure solutions, expert advice, and partnership to clients in the speciality finance sector. Read more

At Quilam, we invest and lend into businesses in the speciality finance sector, where we provide expert and bespoke capital solutions. We believe that flexibility of funding is everything, and hence we offer both debt and equity products.

We also adopt an advisory approach, using our industry experience and insight to challenge management teams on all aspects of their business. From operations and risk, through to strategic direction and development. We provide support at every stage of a company’s journey, injecting vital start-up investment, arranging further funding as they grow, and facilitating an exit when the time is right.

Uniquely in our sector, we don’t tie our clients to rigid parameters or event horizons. Nor do we stipulate minimum returns. Instead, we look at each deal individually and develop tailored funding packages. We also help clients navigate the complex regulatory landscape, turning this aspect of their business into an advantage rather than an inhibitor.

For years we have been providing sector expertise to the investment community, Quilam was launched to take this experience direct to market, delivering in-depth knowledge and tailored solutions to businesses across the sector. 

Kieran McSweeney, Partner

What makes a great investment?

We invest in businesses with the following characteristics:

  • Strong management teams with entrepreneurial flair and ideally a track-record in the sector.
  • Compelling business model with significant growth potential.
  • A presence in sectors with strong growth metrics and product characteristics to support sustainable, profitable growth.
  • Differentiation through technology, product design and/or service proposition.
  • A strong focus on, and understanding of, risk.
  • An ambition for operational excellence and a market-leading approach to compliance.

About Quilam

We enjoy the challenge of developing a business from scratch. We share in our clients’ highs and lows, and take delight in seeing them thrive. Read more

The team

Our team offers a wealth of experience and expertise drawn from banking, corporate finance, private equity and operations. Read more

Our Portfolio

We have extensive knowledge and experience of deploying capital and building specialist lending platforms in the UK and Europe. Read more