BZ has appointed Adam Couzens as Portfolio Director, as an integral part of the company’s plans to scale and write larger and more complex transactions. The specialist asset-based lender offers structured facilities up to a £150m hold level that provide working capital and corporate structuring solutions to mid-market businesses.
A highly experienced credit risk and relationship management professional with a proven track record of managing big-ticket clients, Adam Couzens brings over twenty years in portfolio management to BZ within asset-based lending, leveraged finance, and corporate banking.
Prior to joining BZ, Adam was Senior Portfolio Manager at PNC Business Credit. Notable achievements include leading the syndicate on the successful workout of a major steel company and the consolidation of various debt management clients facing regulatory change. Adam also maintained strong, long-term client relationships working at GMAC Commercial Finance and RBS Group. Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Economics.
Commenting on his new appointment, Adam Couzens said:
“I’m thrilled to join the BZ team at this exciting stage of its growth journey. Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, I’m looking forward to a fresh challenge and to bringing my past experiences to complex deals, particularly those with a multi-jurisdictional element. I enjoy the mix and breadth of the Portfolio Director role, from the technical aspects of credit, learning what makes specific businesses tick, as well as building long-term client relationships. I know many of the BZ team already and I am delighted to be working closely with the sales and underwriting teams to turn the growing pipeline of prospects into clients.”
Kevin Yates, Managing Director – Risk, BZ, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Adam to BZ. He is a fantastic addition to the team and we will benefit from his considerable expertise in supporting our clients as they navigate opportunities and challenges in the post-pandemic environment and beyond. His excellent client service and commercial approach to risk will be highly beneficial to BZ as the business continues to drive scale.”