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BZ appoints Associate Portfolio Director to strengthen team and further growth

29 Oct 2020

BZ, the specialist asset-based lender, has strengthened its team with the appointment of Martin Judd Dip.FDA, FLC as Associate Portfolio Director. BZ offers structured ABL facilities up to a £150m hold level that provide working capital and corporate structuring solutions to mid-market businesses.

Martin brings over 29 years of asset-based lending experience to BZ, gained at Lombard, First National, HSBC, ABN AMRO and, latterly, PNC. Of these, 19 years have been in the role of Portfolio Manager and 12 years at senior level within major bank and finance companies. His experience spans the full suite of asset-based lending facilities comprising Invoice Discounting, Real Estate Loans, Plant & Machinery Loans, Revolving Inventory facilities and unsecured loans and includes managing syndicated deals and participations with other funders. In addition to portfolio management, Martin’s broad range of industry experience also encompasses Sales, Credit, Risk, Recoveries and Underwriting. One of Martin’s career highlights was being elected Chairman of the European Staff Council at ABN AMRO.

Regarding his new appointment, Martin Judd said: “I am delighted to be joining BZ at a very exciting time. Being able to do so at this stage in the company’s development really appealed to me. Having spent time with the team, I have no doubt that BZ is the ideal business to take me to the next stage of my career, and where I can contribute my experience. With its growing portfolio, impressive, knowledgeable and dynamic team focussing on transacting large, complex deals, BZ is ideally placed to add value and assist businesses in realising their ambitions where traditional banks don’t have the appetite, or where our experience can provide an alternative solution. I am proud to be part of the team managing those transactions, contributing to best practice and assisting the business as it grows, whilst maintaining first class relationships with our clients and supporting their strategy as an integral part of their business.”

Kevin Yates, Risk Director, BZ, welcomes this new appointment: “Martin comes to BZ with a wealth of experience in our industry and first class relationship and risk management skills. His appointment forms the missing piece of the jigsaw in completing our Risk and Portfolio team as we continue to grow our portfolio. In times of stormy waters economically, you need solid, through-the-cycle experience to help clients steady the ship and navigate their way ahead. We are seeing an ever-increasing range of large ticket opportunities and Martin’s all-round experience makes him the ideal recruit. His passionate and positive approach in working with clients, sponsors and the BZ team will be a huge asset as we scale the business.”