Specialist lender Assetz Capital has appointed Mehwish Mirza to the new position of senior relationship manager to its bridging team. Mirza moves over from Glenhawk, where she spent almost two years operating as a business development manager following spells with Together and Gatehouse Bank. She began her career with a seven-year tenure at Al Rayan Bank, becoming the first woman to be promoted as a business development manager in the bank’s history.
In July Assetz Capital added Laleta Buctkuar and Colin Mottram to its bridging team to grow its short-term loan book. Following 12 years at Together, Buctkuar brought experience in the intermediary market, while Mottram was promoted from senior relationship manager after two years at Assetz Capital and previous stints at Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Also in July, Assetz Capital was accredited as a lender under the government-backed Recovery Loan Scheme following its successful distribution of more than £350m through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The specialist lender has lent nearly £1.5 billion of retail and institutional funds to UK businesses.
“It’s a great time to be joining Assetz Capital as we grow our bridging offering,” Mirza said. “I have been impressed by the team’s ambition, and I look forward to delivering our real-world bridging solutions to clients.”
“As a well established market-leader and go-to lender for property development and commercial mortgages, we are focused on building the same high standards of reputation and delivery in the short-term finance world,” Assetz Capital national commercial director Mark Standley said. “The core ingredient will always be having the very best people, so I am delighted to welcome Mehwish to Assetz Capital. Mehwish has extensive experience in the bridging and business development space, and she has already progressed a number of quality opportunities for us.”