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Gareth Williams

Partner, Restructuring

KPMG in the UK

Gareth has over 20 years restructuring experience with KPMG, and with McGrathNicol in Australia. Gareth specialises in working with companies, their financiers and other stakeholders through periods of stress and underperformance. This work focusses on financial restructurings, raising new finance, operational turnaround and cash management, negotiating with multiple stakeholder groups.

Gareth has led assignments with turnover ranging from $20 million to over $200 billion and debt from $1 million to over $30 billion.

Gareth’s work is typically confidential but his recent experience includes:

  • advising a prospective investor on their successful financing of a stressed global aviation group, including structuring and security;
  • advising the lenders to a global private-equity backed travel business, culminating in a successful restructuring;
  • advising the senior lenders off a PE-backed oil and gas services group, where the largest equity cheque to date was written by an incumbent sponsor in a European restructuring;
  • advising the management of a global aviation group through its restructuring
  • advising the senior lenders to a large PE-backed UK fashion retailer, including its interactions with pension trustees and credit insurers;
  • advising Arcapita, the Middle East-based investment bank, leading the review and valuation of its private equity, infrastructure and real estate investments to assist in its complex restructuring;
  • advising the senior lenders to a PE-backed office supplies group, culminating in the lenders taking control and subsequently exiting at a premium to a trade buyer, and
  • advising HMG on its exposure to a large industrial group

Gareth’s previous experience includes leading KPMG’s thought leadership and co-developing and delivering KPMG’s C-Suite leadership programme, working with Senior Executives as they prepare to join their Executive Boards. Gareth has also completed a secondment to RBS’ leveraged finance group.

Gareth has worked across a range of industry sectors including retail, leisure, consumer and industrial products, real estate, financial services and energy; and jurisdictions including the UK, Australia, across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the US.

Gareth recently ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, raising £100,000 for two charities.

Gareth Williams

Education and qualifications

  • BSc - Biological Sciences, Durham University

Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

Areas of Expertise

  • Restructuring

  • Operational turnaround

  • Cash management

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