Christian Kent

Managing Director
+44 (0) 20 7907 4272

Mr. Kent is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey's London office.

Mr. Kent was a Managing Director with Quayle Munro prior to its acquisition by Houlihan Lokey in 2018. He joined Quayle Munro in 2014 from the Financial Institutions Group at Canaccord (formerly Hawkpoint). Prior to Hawkpoint, he spent four years at PwC in London with a focus on banking and capital markets. There, his clients included Barclays, Dresdner Kleinwort, and J.P. Morgan.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kent has advised on a wide range of completed transactions, including sales, acquisitions, capital raisings, IPOs, debt financings, and restructurings. Mr. Kent has primarily focused on businesses in the following sectors:

  • credit and specialty finance, where his experience includes banking (e.g. Shawbrook, Aldermore, OneSavings, Secure Trust, and BlueStep); consumer credit (e.g. Provident Financial, Omni); asset, business, and vehicle finance (e.g. Hampshire Trust Bank, Lombard); first and second charge mortgages (e.g. Ocean Finance, Nemo); and NPLs (e.g. Lowell Group, Cabot Credit Management, Marlin, Ultimo, and MCS;

  • wealth management and pensions, where his previous clients have included Arbuthnot, AXA, Bellpenny, Bestinvest, Fortis, Invista Real Estate, Punter Southall, Smith & Williamson, Succession, and Fleming Family & Partners; and

  • fintech, where he advised Pollen Street on the sale of Target Group, WeSwap on raising growth capital, and Nostrum on the sale to Equiniti.

In 2009, Mr. Kent advised the Icelandic government on the restructuring of its banking system and recapitalisation of the three main banks (Landsbanki, Kaupthing Bank, and Glitnir)—a landmark transaction in the banking sector.

Mr. Kent holds a BSc in Economics from York University and is a Chartered Accountant.

 

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