Shore Capital Asset Management About Us

We have been managing alternative assets since 1996 when we launched our first fund, Puma 1, which invested into development capital and returned a spectacular 76% IRR to investors. With over £800 AUM, our wide ranging asset mangement business is based over the UK and Germany giving us access to deal-flow and acquisition opportunities.

Our asset management division is integrated within the wider Shore Capital Group. As a leading independent investment house, we offer innovative corporate advice; a highly regarded market-making business; some of the most respected investment reserach available in the UK; and a diverse range of high quality investment opportunities within our asset management and principal finance activities.

We pride ourselves on our network of clients, institutions, companies, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

Because as a Group we are involved in the life-cycle of businesses from early stage through to FTSE 100 companies, our asset management division is able to draw upon sector expertise when meeting the needs of both our institutional and private client investors.

Our top rated research team is amongst the most respected in the UK which, together with our broking and market making operations, positions Shore as one of the most important actors in its sector, with a trusted reputation for a proactive and responsive service.

Shore Capital has offices in Guernsey, London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Berlin. Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited, Shore Capital and Corporate Limited and Shore Capital Limited are all authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited is also a member of the London Stock Exchange.

Message from our CEO of Asset Management

Our asset management activities are focused on two areas, namely institutional and private client investments.

In institutional asset management, we manage a significant portfolio of property investments in Germany, which has enabled us to develop a deep expertise and understanding of European real estate. Through St. Peter Port Capital we also provide funding to pre-IPO companies as part of the Group’s commitment to helping businesses develop into significant enterprises.

For private clients, we offer a range of tax-efficient investments with a proven track record of delivering on our objectives. Since the launch of the first Puma fund in 1996, we have been driven by two guiding investment principles:

  • Protecting capital
  • Minimising risk

We never forget that it is the investors' money with which we have been entrusted. It is these principles which have resulted in Puma VCT plc and Puma VCT II plc being the only 'planned-exit' VCTs, to date, to have reached the milestone of returning over 100p per share in dividends to investors.

Over £180 million has been raised for Puma Investments since 2005 and, more importantly, over £70 million has been paid in dividends to shareholders. Our Enterprise Investment Schemes and Inheritance Tax Solutions also take advantage of the generous tax reliefs on offer, but which also hold true to the same investment principles.

Taken together, Shore Capital asset management activities ensure it can achieve its objectives of offering relationship merchant banking services to businesses of all sizes whilst creating a range of high quality investment opportunities for institutions and private clients alike.

Details on all the areas of our business can be found here, but if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 0207 408 4050.

Senior Management

Shore Capital Asset Management is a member of the Shore Capital group, an independent investment group, listed on AIM and specialising in asset management, principal finance and equity capital markets.

Howard Shore

Howard Shore

Executive Chairman

Howard founded Shore Capital in 1985. He began his career in private client discretionary fund management with Grieveson Grant & Co (now part of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein). After a degree in Economics from Cambridge, he worked as a financial futures broker when LIFFE was being established. He is responsible for the strategy and asset allocation of the Group. He is director of Puma Brandenburg.

David Kaye

David Kaye

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Shore Capital Group

David Kaye graduated from Oxford University with a degree in law and was called to the Bar in 2000. David practised as a barrister at a leading London set of chambers for five years, specialising in advising on a range of complex commercial legal issues with a particular focus on financial investments and real estate. He joined Shore Capital in January 2006 and having been Commercial Director and General Counsel for the Group, became CEO of the asset management division on 1st May 2012. He also remains responsible for the Group's legal affairs.

Graham Shore

Graham Shore

Chair of VCT Investment Committee

Graham was previously a partner in the management consultancy division of Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) and was responsible for the London practice advising the telecommunications and new media industries. At Touche Ross he undertook strategy and economic assignment for a wide range of clients including appraisals of venture capital opportunities. Graham graduated with a Master's degree in Economics from the LSE. He joined Shore Capital as Managing Director in 1990 and has been involved in managing the Puma VCTs and other venture capital funds managed by the Shore Capital Group, including evaluating new deals for the funds and representing the funds with investee companies. Graham has been involved with AIM since its inception as both a corporate financier and investor and with private equity for more than 20 years. He is a director of all ten of the Puma VCTs and of St Peter Port Capital Limited.

Michael van Messel

Michael van Messel

Finance Director

After a degree in Physics at Imperial College, Michael joined Hacker Young and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Joining Shore Capital in 1993, he became Operations Director in 2000. He is the head of the Group’s finance team.

Peter Procopis

Peter Procopis

Head of Corporate Finance

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, Peter has acted as investor and strategic asset manager initially at Whitehall Fund backed entities and then UBS Global Asset Management. Since joining Shore Capital in 2005, Peter has been responsible for the financing and management of hotel, commercial and residential assets across the UK and Germany. In particular Peter has led the leasing, refurbishment and financing of Puma Brandenburg’s hotel assets in Germany as well as the financing and asset management of the assets acquired by Brandenburg Realty.

Eliot Kaye

Eliot Kaye

Investment Director

Eliot previously spent seven years at law firm BLP. He joined in 2006 as Fund Counsel and is a Director of Shore Capital Limited and Puma Investments. Eliot leads the team managing the Puma VCTs and Puma EIS, and has also been involved in the management of The Puma (II) Fund and St Peter Port Capital.

Justin Waine

Justin Waine


Justin has 18 years experience of analysing UK and European small and mid-sized companies. He spent 8 years at Polar Capital as a Fund Manager on their European Funds where he managed a significant portion of their award winning European Forager Fund; an absolute return fund focused on Pan-European small and mid-sized companies. He was also responsible for investment across the whole of Europe, but predominantly focused on the UK, Germany and Switzerland, including companies listed on AIM.

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