07/08/2017 - News

Clearwater International strengthens its international debt advisory team

Clearwater International continues to grow the debt advisory team, with the recruitment of four individuals across the international offices. Their roles will be to support clients with various financing requirements related to acquisitions, growth financing, shareholder events, refinancing and debt restructuring.

Clearwater International is delighted to appoint Dr Heinrich Kerstien who joins the German team as Managing Partner. Dr Kerstien has 25 years’ experience in corporate finance. He recently worked as European Vice Chairman and Co-Head European Debt Advisory at Rothschild, having built its German debt advisory team. Previous to that, he worked in leading positions in leveraged finance at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London.

Laurence de Rosamel has been appointed as Head of Debt Advisory in France, with more than 10 years of experience in Corporate Finance. She has been involved in several refinancing, growth financing and restructuring transactions through a diversified range of debt instruments - bank debt, private debt and capital market debt.

Paul Assaël also joins the French debt advisory team as an Associate after working for 5 years in corporate finance for an advisory firm, a debt fund and the financing department of a bank.

Mark Ward joins the UK team as an Associate. Having completed his degree at Bath University he joined PwC in 2012, where he worked with a variety of listed, PE-backed and private businesses.

The debt advisory team offers tailor-made advisory services for family owned companies, industrial groups, public companies, private equity funds and real estate companies. In addition to standalone advisory mandates, the team also assists the M&A team in its sell-side and buy-side transactions.

Mark Taylor, Partner and Head of Clearwater International Debt Advisory, said: “Clearwater International identified debt advisory as a value-add service for our clients early on, and has continued to invest in and grow its team. This recruitment across the international offices shows the growing importance of debt advisory within the market, as the funding universe continues to become more diversified.”

With access to specialised global debt packages, the debt advisory team uses its extensive knowledge of the market to review all options for a business, and can advise on the most suitable funding structure. The team has built up strong relationships with key debt providers allowing it to achieve competitive prices and terms, while maintaining an objective and independent approach. Deal activity has remained strong, supported by the high levels of committed debt and equity liquidity currently in the market. Clearwater International is advising more businesses than ever on their debt raises and expect to see continued growth.

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