Tangling with Woodford
Even Seedrs successfully raised ?2.5m last October from over 4,600 investors for League One football club AFC Wimbledon to build up a stadium that is new Lane arena in the west London.
The crowdfunder ended up being swept up within the autumn of celebrity stockpicker Neil Woodford’s kingdom year that is last because he held around a 20 % stake into the company in their Patient Capital investment.
Woodford’s funds had been valued at over at ?10bn at their top in 2017 collapsed to lower than ?3bn final June as many of their picks plummeted in value, including the door-to-door loan provider Provident Financial, Kier construction therefore the company that is outsourcing.
The asset manager suspended their funds as investors demanded their funds straight right back, nevertheless, Woodford ended up being sacked in October along with his Patient Capital investment had been bought out by competing Schroders.
“That was a tricky duration for all of us last summer time, ” claims Lynn. “He held a big stake in us, and we also had big questions regarding exactly what would occur to our money. This year if there was a firesale of his fund, with our stake involved, it would have been very difficult for us to raise new money. Continue reading Interview: Seedrs – Jeff Lynn’s billion-pound cost