A London-based FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Regulated and Authorised firm is now for sale. The firm has established a strong brand with a good track record for over 17 years.
The firm is looking for an investor and / or buyer to take it to the next level. The valuation of the firm is based mainly on its intangible assets around its brand, track record and its FCA license. Therefore, the expected valuation will not be connected to traditional valuation metrics or ratios (like Price/Earnings or Price/Sale) as the firm has not been operational and generating revenues in recent months.
An alternative option for parties (with demonstrable experience and knowledge of FCA rules/processes) who are still interested to have the FCA regulated status in the UK / Europe but cannot or are not willing to purchase the firm based on intangible assets valuation is to consider the "Appointed representative" route.
This FCA regulated firm is also considering "Lending" its FCA license to a firm interested to operate in the UK / Europe as a FCA authorised and approved firm under the figure of the "Appointed representative". This is an unique regulatory route available in the UK / Europe which will allow non-FCA firm to become FCA approved by borrowing the license of the FCA-approved entity.