I first caught the bug of business and finance from my entrepreneurial family in my teenage years. So I could hardly wait to take my early career steps at Lazard and HBOS after completing a degree in Finance at Cass Business School. With strong background built up in credit markets over my first working decade, I was always interested in the non-standard trickier situations requiring problem solving or restructuring.
The Global Financial Crisis produced plenty of those. I met the crisis whilst managing a sizeable and varied portfolio of debt instruments at a London-based credit fund. My early hedging calls as well as stellar investment returns throughout the crisis years attracted a number of clients requiring sizeable restructuring of either their debt investments or borrowings.
I ended up establishing my own debt advisory practice to service such mandates in the most difficult of environments. Largely all traditional lenders stepped away from the market and I had to build up, maintain, often educate and continuously harness a network of alternative funders, for the benefit of servicing client needs. With eventual recovery, client requirements became more orderly, whilst availability, types and sources of funding mushroomed as did market complexity. An opportunity arose to take on and restructure a medium sized operating business as a principal/shareholder.