An experienced private banking specialist has joined the dealmaking GS Verde Group as director of the Elevate investment network, as part of Verde Corporate Finance.
Louise Santaana had spent more than 20 years working for Lloyds Banking Group in London, most recently as the head of private banking and lending, a role that saw her lead a UK-wide team of 100 private client managers.
Mergers, acquisitions & investment specialists Verde Corporate Finance (part of the GS Verde Group) has made the appointment to support the growth of the business following a record year.
Verde welcomes Santaana as director of the group’s fintech investment platform, the Elevate investment network.
The Elevate investment network is a fintech platform launched by the GS Verde Group, to digitise the scale-up investment process. It has been used by businesses across the UK who are seeking to raise investment.
Santaana said: “As someone who is passionate about supporting businesses and individuals to reach their full potential, I am excited to be joining Verde and the wider GS Verde Group at this point in time when activity continues to accelerate.”
Craig Blackmore, managing director of Verde Corporate Finance, added: “It is great to be able to attract someone of Louise’s caliber to the role, and I am sure she will bring a lot of drive and experience to enable the continued development of our corporate finance team.
“Attracting Louise out of London to lead one of our key teams at Verde is a huge coup for our business and a verification of the quality of the client base we work with across the UK, but particularly in Wales and the South West of England.”
Verde and the wider GS Verde Group have seen active levels rise in the mergers and acquisitions market dramatically in 2021 so far and is expecting its strong pipeline to result in a further buoyant period heading into the second half of the year.