Leading Adviser Awards 2022

10 Acquisition International - Leading Adviser 2022 30 Issue 1 2023 Leading Asset Valuation & Specialist Auction Firm of the Year - UK ounded as an asset valuation and auction house in the early 1990s, SIA Group has since grown exponentially from a humble office in Brighton to seven regional offices, with its head office located near St Paul’s. The Group is now widely regarded as the UK’s pre-eminent asset appraisal, advisory, and disposal specialist. The Group’s clients encompass many of the leading asset-based lenders, debt funds, private equity sponsors, restructuring and turnaround professionals, and corporate and public bodies across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, North America, and South Africa. Noted for its highly responsive and extremely focused team, SIA Group can mobilise quickly and provide detailed, expert, unbiased, and time-critical asset valuation and disposal advice. Indeed, SIA Group brings to the table the most extensive knowledge across the broadest spectrum of tangible and intangible assets. “Our ability to cover all asset classes in a single transaction creates substantial efficiencies and unrivalled service for the company’s growing client base,” explains Paul Craig, the firm’s Managing Director. “SIA Group’s consistently cited stand-out features are the quality and delivery of its reports, the high calibre of its team, its comprehensive and timely inventory appraisals, and the ability to access very specific markets across the globe.” Paul joined SIA Group in June 2011 and has more than 22 years’ worth of experience in the financial services and banking industry, having worked in various roles at Investec Bank plc, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, and GoIndustry DoveBid plc. Having undertaken and advised on numerous high profile asset based lending assignments and work-outs in the UK and Europe, Paul firmly believes that it has never been more important for SIA Group’s clients to maintain a deep understanding of asset values in these uncertain times where rapid change and disruption have become the norm. “With the current market being described by the media as ‘VUCA’ in nature, with Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity increasingly coming to the fore, insolvency professionals and asset based lenders both need the certainty of dependable asset valuation and advisory services that maximise realisation and minimise execution risk,” he elaborates. “That strength of industry confidence can only come from through-the-cycle experience, combined with deep specialist asset knowledge and expertise.” He continues to tell us that SIA Group hit the ground very strongly early in the pandemic, getting on-site when its clients could not. While F Nov22181 many of the firm’s competitors issued policies that their people could not go on-site, SIA Group immediately organised special dispensation to travel and kitted out its team with the highest quality PPE and hazmat suits, so they could work without interruption and continue to support clients. “As an independent in a period where a lot of our competitors had shut down, we were getting noticed even more and picking up bigger and bigger projects,” he states. “We were the first to embrace virtual reality technology during the pandemic, so our buyers no longer need to be on-site to examine lots. In this way, we can stay ahead of the curve, drive value and compete even harder.” The dedicated team at SIA Group has global experience and access to a vast database of asset types and potential buyers to determine the best values for clients, regardless of their location and business sector. Quite simply, Sia Group is in a league of its own in terms of its coverage, capability, and expertise. “For a company founded on the core principle of asset ingenuity, our biggest asset is undoubtedly our outstanding team, which has worked tirelessly to build SIA Group’s market leadership and reputation in the asset valuation and advisory field,” Paul enthuses. “We want to empower our people to be the best they can be with a culture that promotes and celebrates excellence.” Recently, SIA Group was recognised for its knowledge and expertise within the Leading Advisor Awards 2022 and Paul continues to explain that the strength and depth of the team being built reflects the Group’s ambitious growth plans and underpins its commitment to the markets it serves. “SIA Group has achieved exponential growth and has established a leading position in the market,” he says. “We are embarking on a threeyear strategic plan that will create a solid platform for the Group to exploit opportunities for continued growth in both current and new markets. “It is clear the challenges facing UK businesses are significant and that these will continue into 2023. Absolute dependability is critical to our clients in these uncertain times and quality assurance is everything. The key to success for 2023 is therefore for SIA Group to continue to build on its reputation as the gold standard for asset valuations and reporting in the industry.” Contact Details Contact: Paul Craig Company: SIA Group Web Address: www.sia-group.co.uk The impact of spiralling energy costs, rising interest rates, sustained supply-chain disruption, and an uncertain economic climate, have created a perfect storm for businesses across the UK. These factors, combined with the end of temporary insolvency legislation and a lack of a post-Covid bounce, mean that asset valuation and auction house, SIA Group is in high demand for restructuring practitioners and turnaround professionals seeking asset valuations and disposal advice. We find out more from the company’s Managing Director, Paul Craig. SIA Group Nov22194