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Neal joined Grant Thornton in 2020 with 18 years of financial services experience, having worked for 12 years in the banking sector and 6 years in corporate finance, most recently spending 3 years with a Big Four firm.

Neal is our Head of Energy & Infrastructure and has advised on transactions with a value in excess of £1.5bn, covering wind, biomass, anaerobic digestion and waste/recycling. Selected recent deals include:

  • Acquisition of a “ready-to-build” wind farm (42 turbines and 277MW capacity);
  • Acquisition of a 28MW biomass plant providing electric and district heating;
  • Acquisition of a materials recycling facility with processing capability for 150,000 tonnes of waste;
  • Acquisition of a 19MW portfolio of electrical and gas-to-grid anaerobic digestion plants;
  • Sale of a 5.5MW portfolio of electric anaerobic digestion plants.

Neal also has significant experience with all aspects of debt; including restructures, settlements, refinances, raising growth capital, property finance and project finance. He was responsible for a £1.2bn portfolio in corporate debt restructuring and has led on a range of debt advisory projects.

Sector Experience

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

  • Renewable energy transactions
  • Debt advisory projects

  • Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA)
  • Masters in Finance (MSc) from Queen’s University Belfast
  • Degree in Economics (BSc) from Queen’s University Belfast
  • Certificate in Responsible and Sustainable Finance (UCD)
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