Christian Roelofs has joined Grant Thornton UK LLP’s leasing and
consumer finance advisory team, in a move the firm says reflects a
greater focus on acquisition, increased funding and growth across
the asset finance industry.
Roelofs, 31, leaves Macquarie Bank, where he had spent the last
five years dividing his time between Sydney and London. 
Christian Roelofs associate director leasing and consumer finance Grant Thorton LLP
During that period, in which he filled an advisory role to
Macquarie’s in-house leasing operations, he was involved in
transactions and developing businesses across a full range of asset
classes from large tickets such as marine, aviation and rail, to
smaller ticket assets such as IT, motor and machinery
In his new role he will be tasked with helping drive further growth
within Grant Thornton’s leasing and asset finance advisory
business, and will bring an increased corporate finance and M&A
focus to the team.
Tarun Mistry, head of leasing and consumer finance at Grant
Thornton, said Roelofs’ appointment reflected a change in the
industry’s requirements, from advice related to corporate distress
and restructuring to advice focusing on opportunities for organic
and acquisitive growth.
Mistry added: “Christian brings a skill-set that will further
strengthen our offering, and is perfectly aligned to where we are
seeing growing market demands. He will no doubt prove instrumental
in the growth of the division.”
Roelofs commented that “There is a growing need in the market for
advisors with specific leasing experience”

He added that his experience in assessing the health of asset
finance businesses operating across a wide range of sectors would
put him in a good position bothto spot potential acquisition
targets, and to secure new funding for growth-hungry