Thrings, the South West-based law firm, has appointed Chris Elias as a relationship director.
Chris – who Thrings describes as being one of the regions “most experienced and highly respected” corporate bankers – has led corporate banking and credit underwriting teams at Barclays Corporate and NatWest in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire over the past 30 years. He joins the commercial law firm at its Swindon offices.
In this newly created role, Chris will work alongside Thrings corporate partners John Davies and Simon Hore, sharing his “vast experience” of advising clients in the fields of corporate finance, banking, commercial lending, fundraising, portfolio management, business relationship management and business planning.
He will also facilitate introductions and help develop relationships with new and existing clients on behalf of Thrings’ corporate, commercial, property and banking teams.
Chris said: “The political and commercial arenas are currently so dynamic that change is going to be the one certainty for several years to come. When regional, national and global marketplaces are so fluid, it is essential to have a team of professional advisors who can understand, digest and provide guidance swiftly.
“Change will undoubtedly open new markets for local businesses, and it’s great to see that the teams at Thrings are geared towards helping and supporting their clients whenever such opportunities arise.”
The appointment is set to boost Thrings’ corporate and banking team which in recent months has advised cybersecurity software firm CybSafe on a £3.5 million fundraising, acted on the MBO of telecoms and IT solutions service provider Excalibur Communications, and led fibre-optic infrastructure firm TrueSpeed Communications through its £75m investment from insurance giant, Aviva Investors.
John Davies, corporate partner and head of Thrings’ Swindon office, said that Chris has an “Unparalleled” knowledge and understanding of local and regional markets.
He added: “Thrings’ corporate team has worked alongside Chris on a number of company sales, acquisitions, restructures and structured finance deals in recent years, and we have seen first-hand why he remains one of the most respected financial services professionals in the South West region.
“The team at Thrings is ambitious and we are looking to further cement our reputation as the region’s go-to commercial law firm.”
Pictured above: Chris Elias (centre) with Thrings partners John Davies (Left) and Simon Hore (Right)