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56: Foresight’s acquisition of Downing’s venture businesses | Matt Smith and Jack Eadie of Foresight Group

09 Aug 2022 / Podcast Tax Enhanced

By Dr Brian Moretta

Foresight Group

Foresight Group recently announced that it was buying most of Downing’s venture business, including two VCTS and EIS funds. To talk about this, this episode’s guests are Matt Smith, a long-standing Partner at Foresight, and Jack Eadie, who moved across with the Downing business.

After introducing the deal itself, we discuss some of the motivations for the transaction and where Foresight sees complementarity with its existing business. We also talk about how the integration will work, what effect there will be on day-to-day management and how these will affect investors. Finally, we touch on current market conditions and the outlook and how that may affect things going forward.

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Matt Smith is a Partner based in Foresight Group’s London office. Prior to Foresight, Matt worked at Rothschild. Matt holds a post graduate Diploma with distinction in Physiology and an MA in Biological Sciences, both from Oxford University.

Jack Eadie is a Managing Director based in Foresight Group’s London office. Prior to Foresight, Jack worked at Downing Ventures as a Partner, he also previously worked at venture funds Next 47 and Eight Roads Ventures. Jack holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bath.