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Grant Thornton UK LLP announces new leadership for its Advisory practice

Grant Thornton UK LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Byers as UK Head of Advisory and Sacha Romanovitch as Head of London Advisory.

Scott Barnes, CEO, Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: "The Advisory practice has delivered a stellar performance over the last few years, reporting a 21.7% rise in turnover in the last financial year. Mark and Sacha have some excellent plans to build on this success and develop a clear offer that we know clients will appreciate.”

Mark Byers has built a strong reputation as a restructuring expert and has led a wide range of regulatory assignments for the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank involving the restructuring of major European banks and is the Global Head of Restructuring for Grant Thornton International Limited. Commenting on the development of Grant Thornton’s Advisory practice, Mark said: “We hear consistently from clients that they appreciate the value that our expertise can create for them. Our people think laterally, challenge constructively and act collaboratively to help our clients succeed. My job now is to build on that message in the wider market: we know that we have an approach and a skillset that clients like, we need to make it available to more clients.”

Sacha Romanovitch is widely recognised for her capability in managing and leading successful teams. This strength led to her role on the firm’s leadership board with the People & Culture portfolio, which she will retain. Sacha has also been central to the development of the firm’s Leadership & Culture practice, which she is a member of. “The London Advisory practice is a fascinating business that has an amazing pool of talented people who thrive on devising high-quality, executable advice for clients. Often the richness of the thinking is born from a really agile approach that brings together great advice and thinking from different disciplines,” she explained.

Grant Thornton’s Advisory practice has grown significantly both in terms of size and offering, and is a core element of Grant Thornton's overall growth strategy. The firm has made significant strategic investments over the last six months into advisory, including the acquisition of the UK Financial Services Advisory arm of Navigant, increasing the firm's exposure to the retail financial services market, in particular the challenger banks; and the appointment of new partners to bolster organic growth, as well as continued focus on developing our people to deliver the high quality, executable advice that client's want and have come to expect.

Geoff Davies continues his role as Head of Advisory in the regions.