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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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The Treasury Hub Update - April 2021 958.23 KB

Welcome to the fourth edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin of 2021. Domestically and internationally, there is increased focus on the speed of the vaccine rollout and, hopefully, a gradual return to normality.But the one sector that is looking anything but normal is the Irish banking sector with the announcement of the exit of KBC from the market. Following on from the Ulster Bank announcement the previous month, the SME and Business Banking offerings will be dominated by a duopoly of AIB and Bank of Ireland. The growth of PTSB and the non-bank providers will be crucial for the wider macroeconomic development of the country.On the currency front, the last week has seen USD retreat but GBP rebound. Both currencies are stronger against EUR since the start of the year. Although the cost of borrowing has increased for most governments in 2021, the move has stalled in Eurozone and UK but US rates continue to ease up as inflation prospects continue to be very actively debated (is it returning for the medium-term or just a temporary phenomenon?). Economic outlook for the US looks very positive at the minute.From an investment perspective, stock market trends are generally upwards again after some pause for breath. Coinbase was a high profile IPO in the US while the Deliveroo flotation in London was a disappointment. Finally, Section 5 covers interest rates, especially the spectre of negative deposit rates and considers if we can do anything to mitigate their impact.

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The Treasury Hub Update - March 2021 1007.78 KB

Welcome to the third edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin of 2021. It is 12 months since the first lockdown and the seismic impact on all of our lives. The changes required in the way we work have accelerated trends that had been emerging, but not all of it is negative. In fact, it could be a catalyst for a lot of positive developments. Of course, the impact has been very uneven – the hospitality/hotel sectors have been decimated while other sectors have thrived.

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Business Support Matrix Update 335.51 KB

As the funding supports available to help SMEs through this difficult Covid period are changing regularly, we have updated our Funding Matrix which we brought to you in 2020, to provide an easily accessible summary of the key financial schemes and other supports that are widely available to Irish businesses.

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Treasury Hub Update - November 2020 1007.37 KB

Welcome to the second last edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin of 2020. While the year may be closing out, we still have the “minor” matters of Brexit and, for those in the hospitality and retail sectors, the Christmas run in. On the currency front, USD continues to hold in a EUR/USD1.1630 to EUR/USD1.1930 range. On the other hand, EUR/GBP has trended lower (strong GBP) since mid-September in the expectation that a hard Brexit will be avoided. This is expected to come to a head next week. From an investment perspective the DOW is now in positive territory for 2020 having fully recovered all of its March losses.Against a backdrop of a reluctance to borrow more to get out of this economic slowdown, the Enterprise Ireland (“EI”) Sustaining Enterprise Fund (“SEF”) has gained a lot of traction, primarily due to the inclusion of a grant element of up to €200k (or 50% of the total amount sought if this is less than €400k). One of the aspects of this process is that the relationship with your EI Development Advisor can be important. Similar to your banking relationship advisor, it may be beneficial to spend some time in 2021 with them in improving their knowledge of your business.Finally, section 5 in this month’s bulletin takes a look at Budget 2021 Considerations. Preparation of 2021 budgets should include some level of strategic business review for many companies.

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Treasury Hub Update - October 2020 1.28 MB

This is the October edition of THE TREASURY HUB Banking and Treasury Markets Bulletin. 2020 has been a unique year for our country and society as a whole, but it has also had significant repercussions for business, banking and financial markets to date.On the currency front, the USD settled down to a range of around EUR/USD1.175 having materially weakened over the course of the summer. From an investment perspective, while all three equity indices that we track (ISEQ, FTSE and DOW) are still down in the year, the DOW is close to recovering to where it was at the start of 2020. On the Brexit front, talks are set to continue after insufficient progress was made in negotiations, thereby passing the mid-November deadline. Both sides continue to insist that a deal is possible. It remains to be seen whether we are witnessing the move to a hard Brexit or political statements being made for political purposes ahead of some level of compromise. What is clear is that a material number of Irish food companies remain very exposed to a hard Brexit with likely severe consequences for their profitability should that scenario materialise.

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Business Supports Matrix Tracker September 2020 413.44 KB

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