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Martin Chapman


Martin Chapman is a Director with Teneo in Leeds, having joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte’s UK Restructuring business.

Martin is in the Restructuring Services practice, leading the regional Education team across the North of England.

Martin has over 14 years of restructuring experience advising higher and further education institutions, funding agencies and major landers to the sector. He has led over 32 engagements in FE, including recently advising on the first insolvency in the FE sector, led the first three due diligence engagements post the creation of the Department of Education Restructuring Unit, advised HEFCE (subsequently the OfS) on the options of an unsustainable HEI and led a turnaround of a HEI.

In addition, Martin recently lead the regulatory compliance workstream of a highly regulated UK utilities business, which was subject to the first Special Administration Regime (SAR) enactment in the sector. On appointment he led a rapid assessment of the key regulatory non-compliances and throughout the SAR ensured that, whilst trading the business, identified, mitigated and rectified all regulatory licence breaches. Key success was that the business operated in SAR, at a significantly lower number of licence breaches than at any time in the 12 months, immediately prior to the SAR appointment.

Martin’s key clients include all the major lending banks to the Education sector, Office for Students, Department of Education and providers directly.

Selected Project Experience

  • Financial due diligence of the first two proposed acquisitions of Education institutions out of insolvency.
  • Contingency planning for the potential third Education special insolvency.
  • Cash flow review of a Higher Education provider with significant liquidity issues.
    Financial due diligence of over 32 Further Education institutions to facilitate mergers post the area review process.
  • Stakeholder advisory for the three major lending banks to the sector.
  • Independent business review of an education provider that breached its banking covenants.
  • Independent business review of a FE provider that received an unexpected Ofsted inspection report that downgraded the institution to Requires Improvement from Good.
  • Financial forecast review of a HE provider who was seeking to accelerate the capital projects from 25 years to 15 years. The provider sought to divest poor quality estate and relocate to new leasehold facilities.
  • Financial forecast review of a HE providers overseas campus operations and advised on options available.
  • Financial advisory support to a large Russell Group university as it sought to address the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Undertook an IBR of a HE provider and led a turnaround team to identify opportunities and set the governance on a significant cost reduction programme and sale/closure of non-core elements of the institution.