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Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst


Chris Hirst is a Director based in Teneo’s Yorkshire & North East Financial Advisory team, having joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte UK’s Restructuring business.

He has over 16 years experience working with corporates, lenders and wider stakeholders of businesses suffering from varying levels of financial stress to help develop and support solutions. His clients are typically Lenders (high street lenders / Asset Based Lenders) and corporates (PE or owner managed).

Chris has a broad range of leading advisory engagements focussing on cash flow and business forecast reviews, debt refinancing / negotiations, options assessments and contingency planning advice. He specialises in leading multi-faceted engagements requiring a high level of collaboration with numerous stakeholders.

Chris has also been involved in a number of insolvency appointments, including trading and pre-pack administrations. Chris is JIEB qualified having passed his exams in 2015 and a member of the IFT.

Chris leads our focus on Human Capital and Professional Services nationally and has worked across a wide range of sectors including financial services, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and supply chain to Government.

He had a year on secondment to a major high street bank working with their Business Support, Credit, Commercial Finance and good book teams.

Selected project examples:

  • Project Tollery/Ministry of Defence – Financial advisor to the MOD in relation to Sheffield Forgemasters, a £80m turnover heavy engineering business with unique capabilities and a critical supplier to UK defence programmes. Provided a wide range of strategic and financial advice over several years, including review and challenge of options available, and advice on the UK Government’s decision to acquire the business which secured the future for the business, its 600 employees and saw the lender repaid in full.
  • Quality Course Ltd T/A Transline – Lead advisor and ultimate administrator to the funder of a £200m turnover, £35m debt, 8,000 employee, blue collar temporary labour provider into warehousing and logistics.