Delivering the loan that suits you and your client best takes experience. Octane’s management have lent over £2bn on over four thousand loans.
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.
“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. ”
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'.
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.
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.
Ultra-bespoke lending is where we're making waves.
Our loans are adapted to your needs. Never the other way around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Structured Finance
Alex joined from HSBC where he worked in the UK Corporate Real Estate team, acting as a relationship director for, among others, three of the bank’s 10 largest European real estate clients with £1bn of loans under management with significant experience in arranging/executing numerous loans, from £5m to £100m and beyond.
Prior to HSBC, he worked for GE Capital Real Estate both on the direct investment and lending sides of the business, underwriting and executing equity investment and development projects and new finance deals.
Alex is a chartered surveyor and was a RICS-registered valuer having qualified at Lambert Smith Hampton where he started his career prior to GE Capital.
In short he has worked across multiple property disciplines (equity, debt, consultancy) and has a deep understanding of and passion for property.
Senior Business Development Manager
Liam has worked in property finance for the last decade with previous roles at HSBC, Metro Bank and more recently Octopus Property where he worked alongside Mark Posniak and Matt Smith.
Liam has worked in partnership with all of the top London property finance brokers over the last 5 years building excellent relationships by delivering against deadlines and promises.
The opportunity to team back up with the experience and success of the team at Octane Capital was one he couldn’t pass on.
Head of Internal Sales
Oli has a colourful and varied CV, having started his career in advertising sales.
After completing a degree in International Politics, he embarked on a career in futures trading, setting up an algorithmic trading system (before it was fashionable).
After a spell teaching people to scuba dive, Oli joined Octopus Investments in the sales team. His role evolved over the years and ended with him redesigning the customer experience, building an IOS app and running the sales for two tech-enabled new business lines.