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56. Foresight's acquisition of Downing's venture businesses with Matt Smith and Jack Eadie of Foresight
Episode 569th August 2022 • The EIS Navigator • Brian Moretta, Hardman & Co
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Foresight Group recently announced that it was buying most of Downing's venture business, including two VCTS and EIS funds. To talk about, 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 see complementarity with their 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 outlook and how that may affect things going forward.

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Good to Great by Jim Collins

Money Men: A Hot Startup, A Billion Dollar Fraud, A Fight for the Truth by Dan McCrum

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling


Matt Smith

Matt 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

Jack 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.




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