Alexei Garan is a member of the Senior Management Team at Bristol-based Shaw & Co. He is also the Head of the Funding Advisory team which is part of one of the largest corporate finance advisory teams in the South West. Below he provides a summary of his career, his current role and what he does in his spare time.

I joined Shaw & Co in 2018 having built my corporate finance career over 20 years in companies including PVE Capital, Credaris, Halifax (Bank of Scotland Treasury Services) and Lazard Brothers. I am an entrepreneurially focused funding expert who uses finance to create transformative value for clients.

I started my career at Lazard as an analyst within the Money Markets division analysing credit risk of corporate and bank clients. After graduating from Cass Business School with first-class honours in Banking and International Finance, I joined the Halifax where I conducted analysis of debt-backed securities and modelling of underperforming transactions.

I moved into portfolio management at Credaris before heading up debt restructuring at PVE Capital. I then founded my own corporate finance advisory business – Receptis Capital – where I restructured corporate and real estate debt for SMEs across Europe.

Over the last 10 years, I have advised on over £2bn in restructured post crisis client portfolios and arranged over £400m in client funding. I have also been called in as an expert witness in several post-financial crisis legal cases.

At Shaw & Co, I lead and develop the Funding Advisory team and support clients in a range of sectors including Energy & Renewables, Engineering, FMCG, Healthcare, Human Capital, Leisure, Manufacturing and TMT.

My team arranges funding for UK SMEs from the traditional and alternative funding sources, including banks, insurers, specialist funds and family offices. Typical mandates include all types of growth funding, acquisition or MBO financing and debt restructuring, ranging from £1m to £100m. I have helped some great clients including Dunton Environmental, Recipero, Digme Fitness and Crapper & Sons.

When I’m not at Shaw & Co, I live in Bath with my wife and 3 young kids. I am a keen runner and cyclist. I love rugby, cricket, indie music and can always be persuaded to travel. I am currently helping my local Weston All Saints Church fund a sizeable extension construction project.

Deals I have worked on

Amber Energy – £1m unsecured business loan

Dunton Environmental – £1.7m business loan

Recipero – Management buyout from TransUnion

Spinnaker International – £3m business loan