Phil Smith


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I have experience across a broad spectrum of industries and a proven track record at giving clear, constructive advice to stakeholders, with a strong reputation for results. My history in finance and ACIB qualification have permitted to provide successful restructuring and turnaround advice to both companies and financiers for many years.


  • Began career in 1979 as a corporate banker with Barclays
  • Moved to Hill Samuel/TSB in 1991 to head up the National Corporate Restructuring and Recovery team which included 250 managers.
  • Partner for Horwath Clarke Whitehill & Co; Tenon and Begbies Traynor.
  • Jointly founded Moorfields Advisory Ltd. in 2008 (formerly known as RSM Bentley Jennison & Co LLP).

Selected Projects

  • Northern Based Print Group 500 Staff, £30m turnover. Advised bank on exit strategy and subsequent administration.
  • ISL Group of Companies UK arm of ISL, the FIFA marketing agency, dealt with film rights to World Cup Tournaments.
  • Candlemaker £25m turnover, 15 branches throughout the UK.
  • Chemical plant £30m turnover, chemical plant in Castleford. 300 acre site, 400staff, £11m secured debt.
  • National Engineering Group £40m turnover group and market leader. Advised lender prior to their lend and also subsequently re turnaround strategy.
  • Carpet manufacturer Carpet manufacturer based in Barnsley, 200 employees, £25m turnover.
  • Southern Based Pub Group Advised management team regarding restructure of this 15 pub chain.
  • German Nickel company Transfer of Comi from German to UK. Coin manufacturing company based in Ruhr, CVA in Germany. Bond holder owed £300m.
  • Retail Group Reviewed major retailer for lender and dealt with the insolvency including business sale.


I am also listed as an expert in the field with Advisory Excellence, my full profile can be seen here.

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