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Chris Ball

Corporate Finance Partner

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, Chris specialises in corporate finance and has more than 16 years’ experience providing transaction support services for private and public enterprises.

Chris has particular expertise and capability in transactions involving M&A, raising of finance, corporate restructures, share valuation, transaction support, re-financing and business valuations and financial due diligence.  

Chris also supports RBK’s corporate restructuring team where he advises on strategy and provides business review, financial forecast modelling and debt restructuring services.

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COVID-19 SME Business Supports Matrix Tracker May 2020 212.73 KB

Applications for the Restart Grant s now open and can be made via a simple online application form on your local Council website. The grant, which is targeted at helping businesses reopen in line with the National Roadmap, will be worth between €2,000 and €10,000 to each applicable business, based on 2019 rates. The Restart Grant is one of a number of measures and supports that have been made available to SMEs.Below is our quick guide to the main supports and as ever, we are available to assist in applying for and availing of these.

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Treasury Hub Update - May 2020 966.89 KB

This is the May edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin. Despite the ongoing pandemic, there has been a bounce back in equity markets and a settling down of the interest rate markets following last month's volatility. EUR/GBP has also remained relatively stable for the month, however the decision on whether or not to extend the Brexit deadline date of 31 December 2020 will soon come into focus. FX volatility should therefore be accounted for in forecasts and budgets and it's management will increasingly be a key facet in the approval or otherwise of bank facilities and grant applications. So, as mentioned in last month's bulletin, poor currency management will likely cause a “triple whammy”: lower profits, higher interest costs and tighter loan terms and conditions. We continue to focus on banking in Section 5 of the bulletin.

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Treasury Hub Update - May 2020 966.89 KB

This is the May edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin. Despite the ongoing pandemic, there has been a bounce back in equity markets and a settling down of the interest rate markets following last month's volatility. EUR/GBP has also remained relatively stable for the month, however the decision on whether or not to extend the Brexit deadline date of 31 December 2020 will soon come into focus. FX volatility should therefore be accounted for in forecasts and budgets and it's management will increasingly be a key facet in the approval or otherwise of bank facilities and grant applications. So, as mentioned in last month's bulletin, poor currency management will likely cause a “triple whammy”: lower profits, higher interest costs and tighter loan terms and conditions. We continue to focus on banking in Section 5 of the bulletin.

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March edition of the Banking and Treasury Report 981.79 KB

The outbreak of the coronavirus continues to disrupt global supply chains and the financial markets. Unsurprisingly, the equity markets are bearing the brunt of the initial negative sentiment with the three equity indices that we track (ISEQ, FTSE and DOW) all in significant negative return territory. Bond prices are up again (as interest rates have fallen) with Irish 10-year rates now negative -0.15%, which is an all-time low. Oil prices have also fallen off a cliff. This is covered in more detail in Section 4.This month’s focus in Section 5 is a review of the Banking Market. While the banks appear to be taking a proactive and supportive approach to assisting businesses, the coronavirus is going to make credit availability tighter. We would encourage clients to act now and make contact with your bank to ensure you get the specific support you need as quickly as possible. The government has also announced a number of measures to help individuals and businesses, including an extra €200m funding through SBCI.Please get in touch with our Corporate Finance team if we can be of any assistance.

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THE TREASURY HUB UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2020 1.19 MB

We bring you the second Banking and Treasury Report of 2020 as part of THE TREASURY HUB. Brexit came back onto the agenda at the end of January as the UK officially entered into the transition period. The general election kicked into gear here in Ireland with a lot of spending promises being made, all of which appear to be predicated on an orderly exit deal for the UK…. an assumption which may yet prove to be flawed.From an investment perspective the year got off to a negative start with the three equity indices that we track (ISEQ, FTSE and DOW) all deteriorating in January and a lot of the blame being attributed to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. EUR/GBP held around EUR/GBP0.8450, especially as the UK exited the EU but with the “hard line” opening negotiation position being taken by PM Johnson last week, we have seen GBP lose 1p against EUR in a single day and move back to EUR/GBP0.8500. We expect further GBP weakness in the weeks ahead. This month’s focus in Section 5 is on the area of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).

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The Treasury Hub Update - January 2020 1.23 MB

We bring you the first Banking and Treasury Report of 2020 as part of THE TREASURY HUB. This report looks back at 2019 trends and looks forward at possible 2020 developments. Brexit dominated for most of 2019 while politics dictated worldwide events in general. The UK elected a new Prime Minister while the US presidential election started to gear up. Ireland will also see a new government elected in 2020.From an investment perspective it was a good year for equity investors, a bad year for bank deposits, a good year for bond investors while on the currency front EUR/GBP bounced around quite a bit but EUR/USD remained very stable again. Section 5 of this report focuses on the prospects for 2020.

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