Burdale Financial Limited, a majority-owned subsidiary of the First Union banking group, has come through as a financial backer for the UK-based consortium Monsta Holdings Limited, which is hoping for a £17m acquisition of Jones The Bootmaker from Italian fashion house Prada. The finance group is reported to have provided Monsta Holdings with a financial package worth around £10m, including a property loan and a revolving line of credit, which the group hopes will provide them with flexibility to expand the business.