Building an innovative financial media and technology group
The rise of retail investing and the proliferation of social media have created a significant opportunity to provide innovative services to investors and companies alike. Lift Global Ventures was formed to invest in financial media and technologies, leveraging the experience of our Board and CEO Zak Mir.
We aim to identify acquisition or investment opportunities in these areas while advising and adding value to investee companies on an ongoing basis.
Lift Global Ventures is listed on the Aquis Exchange Growth Market under the symbol LFT.
Accelerated by COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in financial literacy and market engagement, underpinned by technology adoption. Retail investors are engaging with the markets daily and demanding improved financial technology, access, and information.
With almost 15% the UK stock market held by individual investors, there has been a proliferation of technology platforms providing better access to capital markets. We already have partnerships providing access to over 70,000 users.
We are focusing initially on opportunities within financial news and other forms of new media, where there is a growing ecosystem of investor-focused websites devoted to financial data, share tips and market commentary.
However, more choice does not necessarily lead to better investor outcomes or experiences in this fragmented market. Leveraging the core expertise of our founder CEO Zak Mir, we believe there is an opportunity to buy and build an innovative financial media group which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Paul started working in the City of London in the 1990s, initially in private banking asset management then with Panmure Gordon Asset Management for eight years until 2002. Over the next decade, he was involved with a number of AIM-listed companies, operating at the senior executive level. Paul’s primary focus since 2012 has been founding and operating private companies in the Financial Services and Technology sectors.
Zak’s career started in the City of London in the 1990s as a derivatives broker and markets strategist for the likes of Sucden and Union Cal, later part of Man Group. From the 2000s he entered financial journalism writing for Yahoo! Finance, The Investors Chronicle, Shares Magazine and Spectator Money. Zak is a well-known technical analyst and stock market commentator in the UK. He has published several books on his specialism, including a former number 1 on the Amazon UK Investing Bestsellers list. Zak has also amassed a Twitter following of over 22,000 people, who come to Zak for interviews and analysis of small cap companies.
Tim began his career at KPMG in Australia where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Upon moving to the UK in 2006, Tim worked as an Investment Analyst at a boutique hedge fund, ILEX Asset Management, focusing on European high-yield credit markets and later also receiving his CFA designation. From 2010, he gained almost five years of public company experience as the Chief Financial Officer of AIM-listed Equatorial Palm Oil. More recently, he has worked as a FinTech Consultant with a focus on alternative lending platforms. He has been invited to speak on the UK’s R&D Tax Credit lending industry on several occasions, highlighting his credentials in this field.