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We would be delighted if you could join us in London on 10th April for networking drinks and a discussion on the Landscape of the Construction Sector - 1 year on from Carillion.

We will be joined by Simon Boon – former Partner of DLA Piper, Vince Rolandi - Partner within Leslie Keats, Matt Haw - Partner within restructuring firm RSM as our guest speakers for the evening as well as Aldermore’s Alex Rowe who is Head of Sales for Specialist Finance.

The evening will see partners within Specialist Surveying and Restructuring firms share their predictions on what could be expected from 2019 onwards.

It's set to be an informative evening and we hope you can join us.

18:00 - Arrive at The Soho Hotel for a drinks reception
18.45 - Take your seats in The Screening Room for presentations 
20.00 - Discussions to finish and head back to The Crimson Bar
21.00 - Event to close


About the speaker/s

Vince Rolandi - Leslie Keats

Vince is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has over thirty years of experience in the construction industry.

Vince comes from a wide and varied professional practice background. His initial five years were principally spent providing traditional Q.S. services within a multi-disciplinary Practice.  He then spent almost twenty three years working in a specialist insolvency and Project Monitoring Q.S. Practice, with the last thirteen years being at Partner or Director level. This specialist Practice operated exclusively in the Insolvency, Independent Business Review and Development Monitoring markets for Banks, Financial Institutions and Accountants.

During this time, he also had a short secondment into Coopers & Lybrand’s Construction and Property Business Restructuring Team.

Prior to joining Leslie Keats, Vince was head of the Development Monitoring Team at one of the UK’s largest national multi-disciplinary property and infrastructure Companies. He also provided Insolvency and Independent Business Review services.

Over the years, Vince has been involved with monitoring a large number of various sized and diverse development projects ranging from as little as £0.25m up to over £100m. These projects have included all types of developments, and for all of the main clearing Banks, as well as for a number of the secondary lenders. He has also overseen a number of surveys and project audits of distressed developments, with build outs where appropriate.

Whilst he no longer provides Development Monitoring services, he has occasionally advised financial institutions, when requested, on development monitoring best practice.    

In addition, at his previous firm, Vince was responsible for a number of successful tender submissions that 

ensured the inclusion of that firm onto a number of the major Banks’ Development Monitoring panels.

Finally, Vince has worked on and overseen many of the major UK Construction insolvencies that have originated principally in London and the South East. He has also completed a number of confidential business reviews of main Contractors, sub-contractors, manufactures and suppliers in the construction industry.



Simon Boon - Former partner of DLA Piper

Until his retirement in April 2018, Simon was a partner of global law firm, DLA Piper, which he joined in 2001 from the niche asset-based lending firm, Wildes. Simon has more than 38 years' experience in advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of receivables financing and asset-based lending work. Simon is soon to start working as a Consultant to Francis Wilks & Jones, a boutique London law firm that is one of the leading advisors to the asset-based sector.

As a highly experienced litigation lawyer, Simon conducted claims against the former clients of finance companies, guarantors and indemnifiers and undertook fraud investigations and insolvency-related litigation.  Simon's cases regularly involved working closely with insolvency practitioners appointed to administer or wind up the businesses of discounters' clients.  His knowledge of insolvency law meant that he was well placed to advise receivables financing and asset-based lending clients on the best strategy to maximise the realisation of debts and other assets owned by or charged to such clients and to minimise, or extinguish, any losses that they were facing.

As a result of his extensive experience of disputes involving facility and security documents, frequently Simon was involved in drafting and advising on the construction of facility documentation and in providing guidance on regulatory issues such as data protection, money laundering and insurance mediation.  Simon drafted suites of template facility, security, guarantee and associated documents for many of the major asset-based lenders in the UK as well as designing innovative finance arrangements for contracting on-line.  Simon drafted Construction Finance documents for Aldermore and advised Aldermore on key issues to address when providing finance to firms in the construction sector. Other non-contentious work undertaken by Simon included pre-deal, exit strategy advice and due diligence.

Alex Rowe - Aldermore

Since joining the  Invoice Finance industry within a leading Independent ABL in 2008, Alex Rowe has held a number of  Senior  Management (Operational and Sales) roles,  predominantly within the Construction Finance and Trade divisions.

As Head of Sales at specialist bank, Aldermore, Alex is responsible for leading a team of National Regional Sales Managers and  Support teams - specialising in Construction, Trade, and Contract Finance.

 He qualified from the University of Warwick  with a joint Business Studies and Law degree. He has subsequently completed the highest qualification within the Asset Based Lending Industry, the ABFA Diploma, and came top of the National intake in 2012.

Alex is a father of one daughter (5) and two step-twins (17). Outside of work, Alex enjoys playing the  guitar (although band-days are long since behind him), keeping fit through playing squash, going to the gym and when his knees/joints allow it, playing football and rugby.

Matt Haw - RSM

Matt is a partner at RSM Restructuring Advisory and has over 23 years’ experience working with businesses suffering financial stresses. 

Whilst Matt is a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner, he spends he majority of his time working with Corporates and their stakeholders to diagnose key issues and then provide commercial plans for all parties to work towards to resolve the problems. 

Matt works across all industries but he has particular interest in asset based lending and how this can be used to maximise working capital available to businesses. 

He has undertaken a number of assignment working with clients with long term contractual operations and so has a good understanding of the issues faced when trying to restructure such an organisation. 


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