Last week fdu hosted another successful event in our Committed To Growth Business Breakfast Series along with Clearwater International and a group of senior C-Level leaders working within multiple industries in the growth, mid and large-cap environments.

Leading the conversation was Chris Smith, Partner at Clearwater International and founder of their Debt Advisory team. Drawing on his 20 years’ experience in the banking and corporate finance sector, Chris shared his insights and thoughts into the current main trends surrounding the debt market, alternative debt options, and when and why such options may be of value; bringing some wisdom to what often appears to be a complicated and convoluted subject.

Chris’s talk was followed by interesting and topical discussions about wider issues such as the roles of banks in the future as lending shifts towards alternative lenders, the appetite for growth lending and investment and what differences we could expect to see in how lenders will approach stressed and distressed situations if there is another correction in the economy, proving to be another informative and rewarding networking event.

If you’re interested in attending our next event, please contact our Marketing Director, Michelle Blackie at