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AIB Corporate Finance – Providing advisory services, executing capital raising and assisting growth

AIB Corporate Finance is the Corporate Finance & Advisory arm of Ireland’s largest Bank, AIB Group plc. The business assists Irish, UK and multinationals execute merger and acquisition transactions and also helps companies raise equity, debt and alternative capital to assist with meeting their business objectives.

The company has been in existence since the 1980’s and has been meeting the needs of companies in the expanding Irish economy since that time.

Irish companies and the large base on installed multinationals have been used to looking outside Ireland given the small geographic size of the country for sales and growth opportunities. We have longstanding relationships with the US, UK and European markets and Ireland’s adoption of the Euro has added to this capability. Ireland is naturally positioned to benefit from strong US and EU ties and AIB Corporate Finance can link up buyers with sellers and organise international capital sources for our clients.

Ireland has seen a significant deepening of the capital base over the last number of years. This has been primarily provided by the arrival of capital markets products from the US and UK. As with all M&A transactions, the importance of knowing your target and the market in which they operate is paramount. That is why a local Corporate Finance house is of such importance.

 

At this current point in the cycle, capital is widely available and is chasing too few opportunities.

This can inevitable lead to differing price expectations between parties and delay and non execution risk developing. Advisors can assist customers with these deliberations and result in realistic negotiations.

The role of the Irish corporate finance advisor and the role of the wider AIB Group is to help our customers achieved their dreams and ambitions. This requires access to and execution of capital raising for acquisitions and assisting growth capital. We follow the corporate life cycle of our customers from the start-up to disposal. This necessitates access to different forms of capital and opportunities during that lifetime. These moments are often called ‘life events’ for those companies and you need a skilled advisor to help realise and execute these events.

The interview was filmed with Sarah Lockett, Business Correspondent of The Business Debate and Owen Travers, Managing Director AIB Corporate finance.

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