Neal Shanks Director - Corporate Finance Belfast +44 28 9587 2329

Experience

Neal joined Grant Thornton in 2020 with 18 years of financial services experience.

After a 4 year period teaching Economics at Queen’s University, Neal started his career in banking in 2003, working in retail banking, with responsibility for product development, pricing and business transformation projects.

Neal then moved into business banking in 2007, initially in property finance, and then from 2009 in corporate debt restructuring as the financial crisis took hold. He led a team of 10 in restructuring and was responsible for a £1.2bn distressed debt loan book, covering a range of sectors and including some of NI’s largest companies.

Since 2015, Neal has worked in corporate finance, most recently spending 3 years with a Big Four firm. During this time Neal has advised on all aspects of debt, including restructures, settlements, refinances, raising growth capital, project finance and property finance. He has significant debt advisory experience, with an in depth understanding from both bank and borrower perspectives.

Over recent years, Neal has advised on a number of renewable energy projects, including some of NI’s largest wind power acquisitions. He also has significant experience in bioenergy, including all aspects of anaerobic digestion and biomass plants, and has advised on a wide range of transactions.

Sector Experience

Neal has extensive banking and corporate finance experience, specialising in the following areas:

  • Debt advisory
  • Debt restructuring
  • Property finance
  • Renewable energy transactions
Qualifications
  • Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA)
  • Degree in Economics (BSc) from Queen’s University Belfast
  • Masters in Finance (MSc) from Queen’s University Belfast