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Delivering the loan that suits you and your client best takes experience. Octane’s management have lent over £2bn on over four thousand loans.
Experience delivers.

Launched in May 2017, Octane Capital arrived backed by years of experience.

Jonathan Samuels (CEO) began Dragonfly in 2009. Mark Posniak (MD), Matt Smith (Director of Credit and Risk) and Robert Graham (Head of Finance) were all part of the same senior team. Together, they lent more than £2bn on over four thousand loans.

Rather than be constrained by a restrictive price to LTV matrix, we recognise that LTV is only one dimension. Every loan is different… so Octane does not have a product sheet. We'd rather look at all aspects to deliver the best solution for you and your client.

Experience delivers.

“We look at each application from the widest possible view. We believe this is how specialist lending should be. We look at deals holistically and come up with a truly bespoke solution. ”

Jonathan Samuels, CEO, Octane Capital
Our core values

CERTAINTY

Our team live and breathe lending. We aim to be crystal clear. We know how much certainty means to you. When we say 'yes', we mean 'yes'.

EXPERIENCE

Over the years we've completed some of the industry's most tricky loans. Between us we've lent well over £2bn across more than 4000 loans.

ACCESS

We're by your side each step of the way. Just pick up the phone and talk directly to the people who make the decisions.

FLEXIBILITY

Ultra-bespoke lending is where we're making waves.
Our loans are adapted to your needs. Never the other way around.

Meet the team
Jonathan Samuels Jonathan Samuels

Jonathan Samuels

Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan was at the forefront of the bridging industry's revival when he launched Dragonfly Property Finance back in 2009.

At that time, most lenders were rushing out of the water.

Jonathan, by contrast, headed further out and used the lending vacuum left in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis to offer a genuine alternative to the high-street banks.

The lender he created went on to fund more than any other bridging lender in history. This led to him being awarded the Bridging and Commercial Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Bridging' 2015.

He's now out to create waves again.

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Mark Posniak Mark Posniak

Mark Posniak

Managing Director

Mark has worked in specialist lending for well over a decade, starting in the 'first wave' of bridging finance. In 2010, he joined Dragonfly Property Finance, and was instrumental in helping spearhead a new era of professionalism, transparency and competitive rates. The so called 'second wave'.

In 2015, he became MD and, the following year, oversaw its rebrand to Octopus Property.

Seeking a new challenge, he left in 2017, at which point it had lent well over £2.3bn. He's currently MD of Octane Capital, which he co-founded with Jonathan and Matt.

He describes this as the 'third wave' of bridging, combining the professionalism of the second and bespoke loan construction of the first.

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Matt Smith Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Director of Credit and Risk

Over the past 20 years Matt has been at the head of credit teams at multiple lenders including GE Capital, Money Partners, Dragonfly Property Finance and more recently Octopus Property.

It was at Dragonfly where he was the proud head of a team with a 0.1% default ratio and more than £2bn lent.

Never one to tread water, Matt works with borrowers to get them the finance they need, and ahead of deadline.

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Matthew Bird Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird

Director of Commercial Real Estate Finance

Matthew, who joins from Legal & General Investment Management, has 20 years’ experience within commercial property, and has transacted more than £3bn at some of the most respected private equity firms and global institutions.

Prior to LGIM Real Assets, he spent 10 years at UK real estate fund manager, Frogmore, originating and executing new acquisitions in every real estate sector, including commercial, alternative and residential. He began his career at Gooch Webster and Colliers.

Matthew has worked with the Octane team in the past, having been involved as an external consultant in the launch of Dragonfly Property Finance’s commercial property division. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, board member of the Investment Property Forum and founding member of the IPF Proptech board.

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Tom Clark Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Sales Director

Tom has a senior background in funding residential investment, commercial finance and development finance for banks and specialist finance companies. 

His experience offers the ability, balance and knowledge to fund some of the most complex property loans in the market. 

Day-to-day, Tom likes nothing more than wading into the nitty gritty of new proposals early, understanding the complexities upfront and engaging with all professionals and the team to make even the most difficult deal, straightforward.

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Justin Cooper Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper

Senior Business Development Manager

Justin first joined the specialist lending industry in 2013 when Jonathan and Mark recruited him into Dragonfly as a BDM, after 20 years in the Financial Services industry.

His excellent relationship building skills quickly enabled him to settle in and before long he was soon seen as the “go to man” for Bridging deals introduced from a wide panel of brokers across the South of England.

In 2016 Justin was recognised as the BDM of the year at the prestigious Bridging & Commercial Awards and he went on to be responsible for over £500m worth of lending before joining back up with the team at Octane Capital.

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