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THM appoints Dean Merritt as a Senior Adviser

February 2021

Dean Merritt rejoins THM as a Senior Adviser, further strengthening the firm’s CRO capability

Dean Merritt has rejoined THM as a Senior Adviser*, having previously been a Partner at the firm from 2008 to 2015.

Dean has more than 30 years’ experience working with distressed companies and their stakeholders as a chief restructuring officer, board member, adviser and, most recently, investor. Dean returns to THM after six years at GoldenTree Asset Management, where he was a Partner and Head of Restructurings and Turnarounds for Europe from 2015 until 2020.

Dean will be available to take a leadership role in THM's largest and most complex projects and to provide experienced support to the team where appropriate. THM now has ten experienced chief restructuring officers and a plan in place to increase this to 15 within the next two years.

Dean said: “I am delighted to return to THM at this exciting time in the firm’s development. The business enjoyed its busiest ever year in 2020, as companies responded to the extraordinary changes caused by the pandemic."

Anthony Place, THM Managing Partner, said: “We are extremely pleased that Dean has decided to rejoin us, which is testament to the continued strength of our business. Dean brings a unique mix of experience from his roles as a board member, investor and adviser to both our CRO and Value Delivery service lines, and I very much look forward to working with him as we continue to develop and grow our business. We expect COVID-19 and Brexit to result in a significant increase in CRO mandates over the next two to three years and the firm is continuing to expand, through targeted recruitment, in anticipation of this strengthening demand.”

THM continues to be busy on several CRO and Value Delivery mandates in some of Europe’s largest financial restructurings. Since the initial lockdown, THM has successfully concluded and been engaged on a number of projects including Travelex, Côte Brasserie, Hemisphere International Properties (the European property arm of Steinhoff Group) and intu (SGS), one of the largest property silos in the intu group. This experience means THM is well positioned to help businesses deal with the challenges of COVID-19.

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