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Allister Manson - Opus

Emma O'Bryan

Allister Manson
Restructuring Partner and Head of Technology, Opus

The technology team at Opus is led by Allister Manson, a qualified insolvency practitioner and chartered accountant with 20 years’ insolvency and restructuring experience.

Allister got the tech “bug” after spending 5 years working in the tech sector, notably at two of the leading online payment providers in Latin America, helping to grow them from startups to leading global PSPs, working with clients such as AliBaba, Facebook, AirBNB, Playstation and Spotify.

Allister advises businesses from start-ups to established software, hardware and tech service providers. As a former tech founder himself, Allister believes that his ability to engage with management in tech-based organisations and his understanding of the value of intellectual property are both critical, not only when assisting businesses in financial distress or looking to restructure, but also in raising finance to assist with growth aspirations and, ultimately, exit routes when owners are looking to sell.

Allister’s recent work includes leading the Administration of Cubits, the first notable crypto-currency trading exchange to enter formal insolvency, following the loss of $35m of Bitcoin in a sophisticated fraud. Allister has also led other recent, relevant restructuring assignments for businesses in areas, including: Fintech, SAAS, wearable tech, renewable tech, online auctions, vehicle battery tech, blockchain, regtech.

Allister also mentors tech startups through the StartUpBootcamp (Fintech) and is a member of Tech UK.

Prior to joining Opus, Allister worked at PwC (notably managing the Administration of Atlantic Computers), Smith & Williamson and KPMG in the Cayman Islands. Allister studied PPE at Hertford College, Oxford.

09 June 2023

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