Cara joined Grant Thornton Ireland in 2009 and progressed to Associate Director in the Financial Services Advisory department. She has eight years’ experience in advising corporate clients and financial institutions, regarding complex restructuring and recovery transactions, with extensive strategic experience in the financial sector.
Cara relocated to New York in November 2017 to Grant Thornton U.S. where she joined the Transaction Services team focussing on Diligence projects. Cara leads the U.S Irish Business Group New York desk, a collaborative initiative between the U.S. and Irish member firms, whose primary purpose is to provide clients, who have operations in both the U.S. and Ireland, with fully integrated services.
The U.S. Irish Business Group's role is to build relationships between US and Irish companies and facilitate the provision of: market entry solutions, business advisory, Irish and U.S. tax planning, merger and acquisition assistance, financial accounting and advisory services, corporate reorganization and global audit coordination.
Cara has a wealth of experience in receiverships, and restructuring, with clients ranging across numerous sectors including hotels and hospitality, real estate and financial services. She was engaged as Project Coordinator for several large-scale property portfolio sales. As well as being responsible for ensuring that the vendors due diligence data was available and that the transactions completed within agreed timelines.
Cara was seconded to Lloyds Banking Group for a year to assist with the orderly wind down of the Irish loan book. Professional qualifications and memberships.
She is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ACA) and a member of the Institute of Project Management, Ireland. Cara has an MBs in Management Consultancy from Michael Smurfit Business School and a first class honours degree in International Commerce from University College Dublin (UCD).