Sam Smith (businesswoman)

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Sam Smith (born 22 May 1974) is a British business executive.[1] She is the founder and chief executive of the corporate advisor and brokerage firm FinnCap, the largest broker for companies listed on London's growth stock market AIM and a top five broker for the London Stock Exchange.[2] Smith is the first female chief executive of a City stockbroking firm.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Smith was born and raised in Selsey, West Sussex, and attended Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in Kent.[4] She studied Economics at Bristol University, graduating with a BSc in 1995.[5]


After graduating, Smith joined KPMG, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.[4] In 1998 she joined investment manager JM Finn to establish its corporate advisory and brokerage division.[6] In 2007, Smith established FinnCap and became chief executive following a 50% buyout of JM Finn Capital Markets, making Smith the only female chief executive of a City broking firm. The British venture capitalist Jon Moulton became chairman of the firm in January 2010.[7] The buyout was completed in April 2010 when the outstanding 50% of the company was acquired from JM Finn.[8] FinnCap is now 95% employee-owned and offers new employees low-interest, long-dated loans to purchase shares.[9] The firm is now the largest broker for companies listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM growth market, with over 120 clients. It advised companies on raising a total of £363 million in the financial year ending 30 April 2017.[10] Smith was announced as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in April 2017.[11]

Other activities[edit]

Smith is a supporter of women in business and finance; Finncap established a female founders forum in March 2017, aiming to enable more female CEOs to scale up using growth capital.[9] She is a former winner of the Women of the Future Award for Business,[12] and is a patron for the Modern Muse project, a not-for-profit social enterprise designed to inspire and engage the next generation of female business leaders and entrepreneurs.[13]


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  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.
  9. ^ a b Green, Harriet (14 March 2017). "FinnCap's Sam Smith on IPOs, MBOs and the value of skin in the game".
  10. ^ Chopra, Shruti Tripathi (24 May 2017). "IPO bonanza: Appetite for stock market debuts in London to remain strong".
  11. ^ "EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 UK finalists announced".
  12. ^ "2009 - Women of the Future Awards". Women of the Future Awards.
  13. ^ "Modern Muse". Modern Muse.