Transfer Fee Factoring – An Australian Investment Bank becomes a world leader in financing the top European club player transfers

Transfer Fee Factoring – An Australian Investment Bank becomes a world leader in financing the top European club player transfers
In December 2020, when Macquarie Group Limited (a listed entity on the Australian Stock Exchange) who own and operate Macquarie Bank Limited (Macquarie) released its half-year results, some of its profits will have been generated from the English Premier League (EPL). This is a consequence of Macquarie playing an integral role in the EPL through a practice called transfer-fee factoring. This practice has become a new and popular source of funding for well-known football clubs to fund their player acquisitions, stadium/facility improvements, and transfers.

Who is Macquarie?

 

Macquarie is an Australian investment bank that has emerged as a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment, and funds management services in all major financial markets. They have strong funding, and a well-capitalised position with in excess of AUD18 billion (approx. EUR 11 billion) market capitalisation. In Australia, Macquarie takes pride in its entrepreneurial approach and is nicknamed the millionaires’ factory as employees have high pay and bonus structures for finalising and placing lucrative deals.

Macquarie is authorised and regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority who are the prudential (banking and authorised deposit taking institutions) regulator of the financial services industry. In relation to its United Kingdom football funding activities,...

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