We are a privately-owned company with significant international sales in the pharmaceutical sector.
As a result of a major debt-funded acquisition, we engaged Treasury Solutions to re-assess our financial risk management policy and procedures to ensure that this important aspect of corporate governance operates to best practice standards.
The firm also provided strategic input into the post-acquisition debt management strategy.
I have used the services of Treasury Solutions in a previous CFO role and value the input of John Finn as an independent and value-adding advisor in this core aspect of corporate risk management.
CFO, Large Private Company
Mileeven had been trading with the UK and had held and managed a sterling bank account for some years.
We had the good fortune to meet with Treasury Solutions who opened our eyes to the bigger picture of how FX impacts on a business and how to actively manage those transactions as part and parcel of the overall business.
John Finn’s understanding of the workings of currency exchange is second to none, as is his patience in informing others. Engaging with Treasury Solutions on this topic has also led to immediate Improvements in our bottom line and will continue to do so in the future.
The return on investment of this relationship is significant!
Eilish Gough, Director, Mileeven Ltd.
We have worked with John and Treasury Solutions for a number of years and have found their approach and service offering to be an excellent fit for our requirements.
On a board level, John’s insights into the latest macro trends and their relevance to our business adds value and has helped manage our overall risk profile.
Treasury Solutions advised us on updating and implementing our revised group Treasury policy this year.
In addition, we found John’s knowledge of recent financing transactions in the Irish corporate and institutional sector to be beneficial market intelligence.
Ronan Lynch, , Finance Director, Mercury Engineering
We are a privately-owned Irish company in the food sector. We engaged the services of Treasury Solutions to advise us from the outset on the establishment of a significant acquisition facility which would meet our strategic growth requirements whilst providing material flexibility in its operation.
The firm was selected on the basis of its independence and risk management expertise working with larger Irish corporates over many years. Its capacity to add value in the treasury management space results in a material return on investment in their services.
We would have no hesitation in using Treasury Solutions for ongoing financial risk management in the future.
CFO,, Large Private Company
Treasury Solutions supported us in seeking bank finance. John Finn assisted us in preparation and presentation to various providers and did a great service including facilitating the site visits by the bank representatives.
John is very knowledgeable in this area and is very personable, both of which make the task easier.
We had a very successful outcome securing a substantial facility with one of the main banks and backed by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland.
Senior Finance Manager, SME
Treasury Solutions provide an essential Brexit service to Bord Bia clients, outlining currency exchange risks along with measures to avoid or mitigate these.
Through a combination of group workshops and one to one mentoring, John Finn has demonstrated a deep understanding of the challenges faced by food and drinks manufacturers and delivered an excellent training programme that will stand to the industry and it grows exports to the UK market post-Brexit.
Shane Hamill, Overseas Trade Manager,
In my capacity as head of finance in a growing SME I worked with John on a new bank medium term bank facility in late 2017/early 2018. He provided great support and guidance, initially in terms of development of comprehensive briefing document, to ensure the best deal possible as there was no ambiguity with the bank as to our businesses funding requirements.
John's market knowledge and technical expertise during the above exercise was very beneficial and his continued updates on Brexit and FX are insightful, but also very concise and thus aid informed decision-making in terms of FX strategy.
Finance Director, Large Private Company
Paddy Power engaged Treasury Solutions to work on our debut debt-raising exercise, a syndicated revolving credit facility for €300m. We chose Treasury Solutions because of its extensive knowledge of the market environment along with proven track record of deal execution.
In addition to strategic advice on deal format & structure, John displayed a hands-on approach to co-ordinating timelines and finalising documentation. He worked collaboratively with our internal Treasury team along with our external lending group to facilitate a speedy and well-executed transaction.
Brian Harty,, Paddy Power
We, in Green Biofuels Ireland Limited, have used Treasury Solutions over the years, particularly in the area of debt financing and risk management. Their approach is both strategic in ensuring the correct structuring of facilities and “hands-on” in getting the job done.
The ability to provide the full range of services in this space sets them apart from their (larger) competitors and we believe that the added value they bring to their clients generates significant return on investment.
Tony Hennebry, Finance Director, Green Biofuels
John has his finger firmly on the pulse of market happenings and developments which enables him to provide insightful, relevant and timely advice on a variety of treasury issues of strategic importance.
Key to John’s service, which is second to none in terms of pay back, is accessible and definitive advice delivered in a no-nonsense straight talking fashion.
Ray O’Connell, Group Treasurer Carbery Group
UCC is delighted to work with Treasury Solutions in the management of its treasury function. Treasury Solution’s is ideally positioned to provide high quality, bespoke advice and guidance that has been of particular value to UCC in it’s commercial negotiations on debt and borrowings. John’s advice has always been of the highest quality and delivers real value for money for UCC.
Diarmuid Collins,, Bursar UCC
We, in Green Biofuels Ireland Limited, have used Treasury Solutions over the years, particularly in the area of debt financing and risk management. Their approach is both strategic in ensuring the correct structuring of facilities and “hands-on” in getting the job done. The ability to provide the full range of services in this space sets them apart from their (larger) competitors and we believe that the added value they bring to their clients generates significant return on investment.
Bernie Ryan,, Green Biofuels Ireland Limited
I have worked with John Finn and Treasury Solutions over many years both in relation to the business of Johnson & Perrott Motor Group and Cork Institute of Technology, where I was Chair of the Finance Committee.
Over these years, John has supported the Boards of both organisation by drafting a treasury policy to oversee deposit management and the risk assessment of potential banking failure during the course of the last financial crisis. John has also assisted us in Johnson & Perrott to develop a strategic view of our banking relationships and he supports us in the negotiation of our banking facilities on an annual basis.
During the course of our relationship, I have found John to deliver a service of a very high quality founded on taking the time to understand both the business and the issues affecting it. His vast experience built across very diverse challenges and industries provides great insight and being able to deal with John directly adds huge value to the advice he provides to support our decision making.
Treasury Solutions is now a key and valued advisor to Johnson & Perrott Motor Group when evaluating our funding requirements and the management of our banking partners.
Mark Whitaker,, CEO, Johnson & Perrott Ltd
I know John for over 5 years and have always found him very professional. His knowledge in the banking sector and his ability to negotiate with the banks is a valuable resource.
Aidan Hughes, Finance Director, Norish plc
Ardmore Shipping is a NYSE listed company with turnover of $160 million. We worked with Treasury Solutions to conduct a thorough review of our treasury policy and procedures. John was quick to fully understand our business and the objective we were trying to achieve. Working with Treasury Solutions ensured delivery of a high quality service from initial instruction to final execution by an independent, hands-on and experienced professional. Overall, John was a pleasure to deal with and we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Stephen Gallagher, Ardmore Shipping Corporation
Treasury Solutions provides NTR with specialist advice tailored to our specific needs and, very importantly, our risk appetite. John stays abreast of our developing business and proactively contributes relevant ideas and updates. We have also availed of his excellent training courses for our treasury personnel.
Marie Joyce, Chief Financial Officer, NTR plc
We are a successful Irish owned SME with a long standing and good relationship with our Bankers. We recently needed to borrow €1.1m to invest in a new warehouse. John provided fantastic insight and most importantly the potential impacts, to our business by the terms and covenants being offered by our Bank. The value of some of the changes John helped us achieve to the terms offered by our Bankers will be very important if we ever have to remove ourselves from this loan facility in the future. With John's knowledge of the banking sector we were able to also make significant cost savings by having the confidence to know what interest rates are achievable in the market place.
We found John to be very practical, to the point and both commercial and logical in his advice to us. We would certainly recommend that all SME’s use independent professional advice when looking at existing or increasing bank debt and foreign exchange risk. John Finn of Treasury Solutions has a lot of experience and market knowledge to offer that will keep your business out of trouble and save you costs in your banking relationship. Totally recommended.
Paul Thompson, Finance Director, Uppercross Enterprises
We have used the services of Treasury Solutions on various Board-level finance and risk management projects over the years. They bring value through both a focus on adding to or protecting the bottom line of the business in their relevant areas and through early identification and management of financial risks (which if they arose could have financial costs). The prior senior management experience of John Finn in the food retail and distribution sector is also advantageous
Jim Garvey,, Finance Director, Garvey Group
I have worked with Treasury Solutions and John over the past fifteen years. The support and service he provides to me personally and to my business has been exceptional and of the highest quality. Working within the SME sector, dealing with treasury risk management, can be a challenging and lonely place. It is important to know you have someone experienced and knowledgeable on your side to help guide you through and make the best decision possible for your business.
John is a keen advocate of placing Risk Management at the heart of not only Financial Planning and decision making but also Operational Management. Once we embraced these principles it became easier for the management team not only to understand the importance of Risk Management but also to feel empowered that we could influence outcomes and take decisions in our business confident of the likely outcomes.
Having a strong strategic foundation for Risk Management has been a bedrock for building our models and forecasts and has allowed us to plan effectively for our future development.
Our involvement with Treasury Solutions has proven to be a very worthwhile and cost effective investment.
Dan McCartney,, Director/Proprietor ECD Supermarket Holdings Limited
John at Treasury Solutions was referred by another client and is now an important support for us. He has a corporate perspective that career advisors may not and he’s Senior Partner level.
Sean McKeon,, Chief Risk Officer, Dalata Hotel Group
I have known John Finn and worked with him & his company Treasury Solutions for the last 14 years.
He has helped me put together financial proposals for the banks when I was expanding my business and my personal interests.
John created excellent templates for presentation to the banks and thereby negotiated favourable terms with the financial institutions.
During the recession it was invaluable to have John at the other end of the phone 24/7 offering solid advice and expertise in a professional and efficient manner.
John’s availability to attend meetings with financial service providers and Banks at short notice was particularly impressive and helpful.
Treasury Solutions regular newsletter is a source of great interest and help to me, in my ongoing decision making.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to give this testimonial.
Seamus Lane,, Managing Director Four Star Pizza Cork
In an area where it is difficult to access relevant and practical expertise, Top Oil has been a client of Treasury Solutions for over 15 years. John has advised the company and the board on many matters including refinancing, treasury management and treasury policy. We have found John's up-to-date market knowledge to be invaluable and his input has been professional and very cost-effective.
Ray Carroll,, Group Finance Director, Top Oil
John Finn of Treasury Solutions continues to be an invaluable help to us as a small business in our long-term financial planning and in our dealings with financial institutions. In most recent times, his experience and up-to-date knowledge of the financial scene allowed us to be confident of our case in prolonged and difficult negotiations with our main banking partner. Encouraged by John’s tenacity and advice we achieved a favourable long-term result, which will allow us to get back to focusing fully on the running and developing of our business.
Ruairí & Marie-Thérèse de Blacam,, Inis Meáin Rest. & Suites
Treasury Solutions assisted us in preparing our Group Treasury Policy and Procedures, this enabled our treasury department to increase productivity and maintain a greater control over cash holdings and foreign exchange exposure. Treasury Solutions provides a very professional and competitive service and I would have no hesitation in recommending Treasury Solutions to provide a tailor made solution for your treasury risk.
CFO,, Medical Device Company
We are a large company with a turnover of c.€250m. Initially we used Treasury Solutions to review our treasury policy and procedures to ensure that they were appropriate to an organisation of our size and complexity. Since then the group refunded its entire debt as part of a major acquisition and the advice we received in relation to strategy, bank covenants and facility letters was invaluable. TS have continued to support us through the current financial crisis with pragmatic and independent advice.
CFO,, Large Company
I have used Treasury Solutions since 2005 for a variety of roles - from the creation of a top class Treasury Policy that is tangible and meaningful, to a review of our treasury function from an Audit and Best Practice viewpoint, to adhoc day-to-day advice and views (on) what is happening in the re-financing market. Reliable, consistent and customer-focused; they are very much a part of my decision making process.
CFO,, Large PLC and Private Company
Since the downturn, I have used Treasury Solutions as a sounding board and to watch my back in terms of banking covenants and funding strategies. At all times, I have found them to be approachable, plain speakers and experts in their area. I think their fees could have been the best spent money that our company has spent in the last few years.
CFO,, Major Private Company
We used Treasury Solutions to assist us with the development of a foreign exchange policy. Their suggestions were practical and well communicated. They understood the subject thoroughly and we will use them again in the future should the need arise.
FC, , Private Irish Company with turnover of €160m
We are an Irish owned multinational company with a turnover in the region of €350m and 2,000 staff. Our treasury function is very complex with a large number of FX exposures and funding arrangements. Treasury Solutions has given invaluable support on a wide range of matters from strategic policy to day-to-day advice. Independent, professional and thoroughly competent.
Group Finance Director,, Large Private Company