Grant Thornton has announced the appointment of Paul Wood as Director of Corporate Finance Advisory across the South West region.
Based in Bristol, Paul joins Grant Thornton with over 25 years’ experience across finance and was most recently Director of Strategic Debt Finance for Lloyds Bank, following time in a similar role at RBS.
At Grant Thornton, he will bring his experience in delivering complex lending solutions to advise on transactions. Having worked within banks for a long period of time, Paul brings a fresh perspective to his role as an advisor and will apply his knowledge to offer Grant Thornton clients a comprehensive 360-degree view of corporate finance.
He has experience transacting all types of deals from public and private, corporate acquisitions, IPOs and M&As, with businesses ranging from family run firms to large corporations. Having worked across a broad range of sectors and industries, Paul brings a vast pool of knowledge to his new role as well as regional expertise, having worked in the Bristol market since 2002. Previously, he also worked across Reading, Southampton and the Channel Islands.
Paul commented: “After over two decades working within banks, moving to Grant Thornton to explore a new challenge in advisory is a great opportunity. Increasingly, a wide range of businesses now outsource their advisory to people and businesses around the country which results in the service being far removed from the local market. I have a strong footing in the South West market and look forward to bringing local knowledge and expertise to my clients.”
Trefor Griffith, Partner from Grant Thornton UK LLP said: “We are really pleased to have Paul on board with us and are confident he will be a huge asset to the business. The depth of Paul’s knowledge provides him with capacity to provide our clients with additional insight and further grows our capability. This appointment builds upon a successful year for the Corporate Finance team in the South West and nationally and our expansion is testament to the growth we have seen in this area and the opportunities we see in the market.”