Grant Thornton has strengthened its corporate finance team with the appointment of a debt advisory director for the North and Midlands.
Craig Cheetham has more than 15 years’ experience of structured corporate lending, with a particular focus on the mid-market. He joins from Yorkshire Bank, where he worked for three years as a senior director corporate and structured finance. Before that he spent eight years at RBS, across a range of corporate roles in the North West.
Craig has led a broad range of complex transactions, from acquisition finance, buy-and-build facilities and development capital. In the process he has developed strong relationships with the region’s private equity community and management teams at some of the North West’s most dynamic businesses.
Last year, he helped oversee several private equity backed and owner-managed business transactions with a range of different facilities contributing to Yorkshire Bank winning funder of the year for the second year running.
Peter Terry, partner and North West Head of Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton, said: “Craig is an established figure in the market and brings a wealth of specialist lending experience to our team, having led the full spectrum of mid-market debt advisory transactions.
“He has strong relationships with both the region’s private equity houses, and the leaders of a raft of exciting owner-managed businesses in the North West. We’re incredibly pleased to welcome him to our growing team.”
Craig added: “Grant Thornton has been the go-to firm for mid-market and owner-managed businesses for some time now. But over the last two years in particular, Pete’s multi-award-winning team has set itself as a really important member of the corporate finance community.
“Their reputation is deservedly at an all-time high and the deals they’ve been involved with fit my area of expertise perfectly. I’ve been looking to make the move to an advisory role for some time now and am delighted to join the team.”