The Private Investor (also known as a business angel) is a high net worth individual that may invest in your company at very short notice. They will normally be experienced in business, and have particular experience or interest in your sector. They will believe in your business and will invest for a share of the equity.
They will usually require an involvement (to varying degrees) in the day-to-day running of the business, and bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge.
As we are all aware that time is critical, our whole philosophy is based on searching and locating potential investors rapidly. Initial meetings with potential investors can be had within one week of instruction, and if successful, offers for funding made soon after. Equity funding can be completed within 28 days in the quickest cases.
Many investors will have specific sector experience and may wish to be "hands-on". In some cases this should be welcomed, however it is unlikely that the investor will want to take over the business. He or she may look for a majority stake whilst the investment is at risk, however we have found that in most of these instances majority ownership will revert back to management once the business has been put back on a sound footing. In other cases, investors will seek only a small minority stake - it purely depends on the circumstances of the investments and the current health of the business. Other investors are happy to be passive, particularly if an element of security can be offered for their risk. It should be stated that investors do not, as a rule, ask management / current owners for any personal security.