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CFI United Kingdom Awarded ’Debt Adviser of the Year’ at the ACQ5 Global Awards 2020


London – CFI United Kingdom is pleased to announce it has been awarded ‘Debt Adviser of the Year’ at the ACQ5 Global Awards 2020.

This award is the firm’s second in short succession, after being named ‘Debt Adviser of the Year’ at the Finance Monthly M&A Awards in September 2020.

The firm has acted as lead financial adviser on a variety of fundraising and refinancing transactions during the year, in addition to securing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) facilities for multiple businesses experiencing cash flow difficulties during the
Covid-19 pandemic.

CFI UK’s dedicated debt advisory function enables businesses to achieve the optimal funding structure and partner with the most appropriate finance provider to meet their strategic ambitions. The CFI UK team has extensive experience in refinancing and fundraising transactions from a range of institutional sources including mainstream banks, private debt funds, asset finance, invoice discounting and mezzanine finance providers. The firm has raised funds ranging from £1 million to over £100 million.

Mid-market companies and SMEs have benefitted from an increasing range of funder types in recent years, each with varying degrees of lender appetite and ‘sweet-spots’. The alternative lending market has further established its status as a critical component of the debt spectrum, with many providers servicing more complex credits and gaining accreditation to offer government-backed borrowing facilities alongside mainstream lenders.

As the world of business has been challenged by Covid-19, the firm has adapted to these unforeseen circumstances, helping its clients to navigate through these challenging times from a strategic, financial and cash flow perspective. The firm has provided detailed analyses of debt capacity, stress-testing financial forecasts across a range of scenarios and debt structures, securing government-backed funding for its clients, and supporting clients in renegotiating existing facilities and covenants.

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