STAR Asset Finance Group welcomes Paul Slapa as Group Commercial Director. Paul was previously a founder and commercial director at Praetura Enterprise Finance and brings over 15 years of experience…
I am one of the Founder shareholders of STAR Asset Finance. I spent over 20 years involved with various types of vendor, project and structured finance and leasing when I was responsible for the banking division at Hambros Bank prior to establishing the private equity firm, STAR Capital Partners in 1999.
Since the financial crisis when the traditional sources of SME lending began to dry up, I have been looking at ways of creating an asset finance business focused on direct lending to SMEs. In mid 2014, I realised my goal when STAR Asset Finance was established and we acquired the first platform deal, Kennet Equipment Leasing.
I have several years of experience in the finance sector, with particular expertise in asset lending, risk management and leasing. I have also been Chair of both the Finance Leasing Association (FLA) and Leaseurope, the European Federation of Leasing Company Associations.
This breadth of knowledge certainly helps when we’re working with our portfolio companies, all at different stages of growth, and is instrumental in developing our strong ethos and group strategy for STAR Asset Finance.
Being heavily involved across the STAR Asset Finance group means I am in regular dialogue with the management teams operating our businesses, steering the strategy and seeking new investment opportunities. We are totally dedicated to our mission to provide alternative and flexible funding to SME’s whose growth and success plays a vital role in the economic and social development of the UK.
When I’m not at work I can be found rowing on the Thames or cycling around Regent’s Park trying to keep up with cyclists half my age!