Spectrum expands Debt Advisory team with associate director hire

Spectrum expands Debt Advisory team with associate director hire

10 March 2020

Stuart Sweeney, Associate Director - Debt Advisory

Spectrum Corporate Finance is delighted to announce that Stuart Sweeney has recently joined the team as an Associate Director of Debt Advisory, based in London, bringing the Debt Advisory team to five experienced deal professionals.

With a background in banking at Lloyds and CIT Bank, Stuart is an experienced corporate finance professional, who has dedicated much of his career to operating in the Leveraged Finance space, supporting both PE and Corporate clients with their M&A, recapitalisation and refinancing activities across a broad range of sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

In his role at Spectrum Stuart will work closely with Ian Milne, Simon Sherliker and the debt advisory team on all areas of debt advisory projects, including transaction management, document negotiation, management and lender presentations and financial modelling.

Stuart’s appointment has been driven by the continued high demand for debt advisory services. This follows an exceptional year for the debt team, completing 24 transactions in 2019 and raising c£0.8bn on behalf of management teams and private equity investors funding acquisitions, raising working capital facilities or refinancing and recapitalising existing debt facilities.

In 2019 the Spectrum Debt Advisory team was shortlisted for the second year running in the ‘Debt Adviser of the Year’ category at the Unquote British Private Equity Awards.

Commenting on his recent appointment Stuart said, I am excited to be joining the high performing and reputable team at Spectrum and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the firm as a leading independent advisor.”

Managing Director and Head of Debt Advisory Ian Milne commented, "We are delighted to welcome Stuart to Spectrum and the Debt Advisory team. The success of our Debt Advisory business has fuelled continued investment and in the last couple of years we have grown to a team of five experienced banking professionals in order to fulfil the growing demand for our services, particularly amongst the private equity community. Stuart is an excellent banking professional, with a strong skill-set which will complement our team and allow him to hit the ground running.”

Stuart Sweeney – Career Summary

Following his graduation from university where he studied Business and Financial management, Stuart started his career at CIT Bank in 2012 where he was an associate of Leverage Finance, focused on UK and pan-European large cap and mid-market transactions.

In 2015 Stuart joined Lloyds Bank in the Capital Markets Analyst Group programme, which gave him the opportunity to work on a large array of debt capital market offerings.

In 2016 Stuart moved into the Lloyds Strategic Debt Finance team, where he has focused on PE backed and corporate leveraged transactions covering a broad range of sizes from structuring cross border syndicated debt packages, to senior club transactions and bilateral loans.

In the past couple of years Stuart has specialised in serving the UK&I PE mid market completing c25 transactions in various sectors including Healthcare, Technology, Education, Business Services, Retail, Travel & Leisure, Food & Drink, Manufacturing and Financial Services.

Stuart now joins Spectrum as an Associate Director in the Debt Advisory team.

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