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.
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.Download
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).Download
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.Download
THE TREASURY HUB - DECEMBER 2019 REPORT 1.16 MB
We bring you the final Banking and Treasury Report of 2019 as part of THE TREASURY HUB.The current focus appears to be on politics worldwide. The UK election is now in full swing, the US presidential election is also gearing up while the current Irish government is moving into its last months. Brexit news was negligible in the past month as the outcome of the UK election will dictate a lot of what is to come in 2020 on that topic.2019 was a good year for equity investors and borrowers, a bad year for bank deposits and a reasonably stable year for currencies, especially USD.Section 5 of this month’s report focuses on the banking sector and prospects for 2020.Download
Realising Value from your Business - Chris Ball 299.17 KB
Chris Ball, Corporate Finance Partner presented at the Tullamore Business Lunch in February 2020. The theme of the event was "Growing, Protecting & Realising Value from your Business"Download
Realising Value from your Business 988.96 KB
Chris Ball, Corporate Finance Partner presented at the Longford Business Lunch in November 2019. The theme of the event was "Growing, Protecting & Realising Value from your Business"Download
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