Panmure Gordon & Co.

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Panmure Gordon & Co. Limited.
Industry Investment Banking
Founded 1876[1]
Founder Harry Panmure Gordon
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
Ian Axe, Chief Executive Officer; Chris Doukaki, Chief Administrative Officer
Products Investment Banking, Brokerage, Capital Markets, Institutional Equities, Investment Funds
Number of employees
over 100

Panmure Gordon & Co. is a British corporate and institutional stockbroker and investment bank. The firm operates in three businesses: investment banking, equities research and institutional sales and trading. Panmure Gordon has 150 UK listed corporate clients, over 400 institutional clients, provides research on over 170 companies, makes markets in over 400 stocks and offers broad coverage from FTSE 100 to AIM.

The firm is headquartered in the City of London at One New Change. Panmure Gordon also has an office Leeds.

Employing over 100 people, Panmure Gordon is led by chief executive, Ian Axe, who was appointed in 2017.

In 2009 Panmure Gordon welcomed QInvest, the leading investment bank in Qatar, as a strategic investor. In June 2012 the firm announced the disposal of its US business, ThinkEquity LLC, to management; in 2015 the company acquired Charles Stanley Securities; and in 2017 Panmure Gordon was acquired by Ellsworthy Limited, an entity owned and controlled by QInvest LLC and by a wholly owned subsidiary of a fund managed by Atlas Merchant Capital LLC.

The broker is known for its close connection with the family of David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister, whose father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all senior partners in the company.


The firm was founded in 1876 by Harry Panmure Gordon (1837-September 1, 1902) as Gordon & Co. and was subsequently renamed H. Panmure Gordon & Company. The firm's founder was a well-known member of the financial community in London and in 1892 H. Panmure Gordon wrote the book Land of the Almighty Dollar a critical review of the U.S., particularly New York and Chicago.[2] Panmure Gordon initially specialized in debt offerings for foreign governments. The firm also developed a reputation for conducting offerings for a large number of British and American breweries, including for the San Francisco Brewing Company in 1890.[3]

The company remained a small but influential player, primarily acting as a broker for a number of foreign governments. However, the firm largely avoids the wave of consolidation in the 1960s and 1970s, making only one small acquisition with the purchase of Windsor & Mabey in 1961.

In 1987, the firm was acquired by NationsBank (later part of Bank of America ending more than a century as an independent firm. The firm would be sold again in 1996 to the German bank WestLB, however, the firm would languish as the overall bank experienced various issues in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As part of a major restructuring of the bank, Panmure Gordon was sold again in 2004 to Lazard for the nominal amount of $18 million.[4][5][6] In February 2005, Lazard merged Panmure Gordon with a small listed brokerage firm, Durlacher. The combination resulted in Panmure Gordon once again becoming an independent firm with Lazard retaining a 33% stake in the company which was listed on London's AIM.[7]

In 2006, the firm entered into a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland, known as Panmure Capital, that provided financing for companies that are close to an initial public offering on London's AIM.[8] In March 2007 Panmure Gordon acquired ThinkEquity Partners, LLC a US-based investment bank.[9]

By 2007, Lazard had sold its remaining interest in the firm[10] and amidst the Financial crisis of 2007–2009, Panmure Gordon instead raised capital from outside investors. In April, Panmure Gordon announced that it had received a £17.3 million cash injection from BlueGem Capital Partners, a private equity firm.[11] However, subsequently a higher bidder emerged and on 6 August 2009 the company announced the completion of a sale of a 47.1% stake in the business to [12] QInvest, the largest investment bank in Qatar.[13][14][15][16]

In June 2012 Panmure Gordon announced the completion of the disposal of its US business, ThinkEquity LLC, to management and in 2015 Panmure Gordon acquired Charles Stanley Securities. In September 2016 Panmure Gordon made a significant strategic investment in PrimeXtend Limited to expand into global execution and prime services. In July 2017 Panmure Gordon was acquired by Ellsworthy Limited, an entity owned and controlled by QInvest LLC, and by a wholly owned subsidiary of a fund managed by Atlas Merchant Capital LLC. In September 2017 Panmure Gordon launched a new business division - Private Capital Solutions.


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