Rena Sandhu leaves Big Four firm to join Alantra

06 February 2020 2 min. read
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Former KPMG Director Rena Sandhu has joined Alantra’s Birmingham office, as the firm looks to build its presence across the Midlands at a pivotal moment for businesses there. Sandhu brings 18 years of deal advisory and private capital expertise to the firm.

Originally a Spanish financial advisory and asset management boutique consultancy named N+1, Alantra has since evolved beyond its local ambitions to reach and support mid-market companies around the globe. Over its two-decade history, the professional services firm has grown to a network of over 540 professionals in 26 offices – including new locales in Hong Kong, Denmark and Chicago. In 2019, Alantra’s corporate finance advisory arm advised in over 150 transactions, which helped the company rank among the Top Five independent advisors in Europe, in M&A and in bond placings.

As consultants look to diversify their offerings beyond London, Birmingham has become a hive of activity for the industry in recent years. The latest example of this sees Rena Sandhu join Alantra’s office in the UK’s Second City. As a Director, Sandhu will focus on building Alantra’s presence with corporate clients and investors across the Midlands, ensuring they have access to a full suite of corporate advisory and capital raising solutions.

Rena Sandhu, Director at Alantra

Prior to her arrival at Alantra, Sandhu spent more than 18 years with Big Four firm KPMG, where she specialised in private capital and deal advisory. She was latterly a Director within KPMG Enterprise, providing strategic, transactional and financing advice to private businesses across the Midlands. She also helped to lead over 40 self-originated relationships for the firm which went on to become loyal clients.

Sandhu said of her new role, “In the current economic conditions, it has never been more important for businesses to have access to deep sector expertise and broad experience in all facets of the corporate finance world. I am really excited to be joining a high-quality advisory firm with a fantastic reputation and strong international presence whilst also continuing to play an active role in the Midlands business community.”

The appointment also comes at a pivotal time for the UK, as a stabilising geo-political environment is hoped to boost UK business activity and confidence. It also reflects Alantra’s on-going commitment to the Midlands market where the UK advisory team has been active since 1998.

Richard Sanders, Senior Partner of Alantra’s Midlands office, added, “We are able to provide international reach, deep resources, sector specialism and access to a global network of investors and acquirers, and we are committed to ensuring our Midlands-based clients are able to take full advantage of these. Rena’s appointment reflects our commitment to the region and to investing behind our people in key markets.”