Trevor Birch is vice-chairman of Duff & Phelps’ UK Restructuring Advisory practice based in London who also supports the wider firm in all areas related to the sports industry.

Trevor brings to the business more than 30 years of valuable experience in professional services having worked as a partner in two of the Big Four accounting firms. He has provided restructuring and refinancing advice to companies and their lenders who include private equity houses, funds, clearing banks and other distressed fund providers. In addition, Trevor has been appointed to various board-level positions.

These appointments most prominently include CEO roles at a number of football clubs, including becoming CEO of Chelsea FC in 2002 where he led the £180 million sale to Roman Abramovich. He subsequently undertook CEO roles at Leeds United FC, Everton FC, Derby County FC and Sheffield United FC.

Trevor has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Sportfive GmbH, a €600m sports rights agency based in Hamburg, Germany and has recently been appointed as Chairman of Swansea City FC, a professional football club in the English Football League Championship division.

Drawing on his extensive professional experience advising the sports sector, he has worked across all practice areas to support on valuations, transactions, restructuring and corporate advisory. In recent years, he has also acted in a number of high-profile, complex Administration cases including Portsmouth FC and Heart Of Midlothian PLC.

He is a chartered accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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