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Cormorant Ventures Ltd

Investment Banker

Cormorant Ventures Ltd

London, UK

Nick Morant

Biography

Nick founded and is Managing Director of Cormorant Ventures. He has extensive experience as both merchant / investment banker and also as an active technology entrepreneur and principal investor. Since 1998, Nick has acted as Chairman / Director / Adviser for a number of fast growing ambitious companies, both public and private. His particular expertise is in Fintech, Media, Mobility, SaaS and in deploying disruptive technologies. Nick has a proven track record in growing businesses both organically and by acquisition and also of successful exits. He has extensive cross border experience: UK / Europe, Asia and North America, particularly in Media and Technology.

He was Founder and Chairman of PaybyPhone, which, by the time of its trade sale to Paypoint plc, had 1.6 million registered users and was executing 900,000 transactions a month.

After service as an officer in the British Army he graduated with a 2:1 (Hons) from Bristol University, a postgraduate diploma in law from City University, London and qualified as a barrister.

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Nick Morant – an unlikely tech entrepreneur

Former British Army officer Nick Morant does not fit the usual stereotype of a tech entrepreneur, but he took his mobile payments company from start-up to a widely publicised £33m exit in just six years. His tech ventures have ranged from publishing to software and fintech and he spends much of his time advising growing businesses in the sector. "I've always liked a genuinely disruptive technology, rather than something that is super new and different," he explains. "If you showed me the next Google, I couldn’t tell you whether it’s going to work or not. But with something like car parking, you already have a very large global market with millions of people parking cars every day. If you have a widget that does that service better, then you’ve got a very good chance."

Nick Morant’s Background

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Cormorant Ventures Ltd
Investment Banker
Jan 1985 - Sep 1998
London, UK
Nick was a corporate financier with the Robert Fleming / Jardine Fleming group and subsequently held investment banking positions in both London and Asia, including Vice President and Head of Asian Equity Capital Markets for JP Morgan, Director and Head of Asia Pacific Technology, Media and Telecoms Advisory for Wheelock NatWest, and Managing Director, Investment Banking for Nikko Europe.
Founder & Chairman
London, UK
PaybyPhone enables its users to organise parking using an app on their mobile phone. It was sold to Paypoint plc in 2010.

Nick Morant’s Education

Barrister
1984 - 1985
Post Graduate Diploma in Law
1983 - 1984
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