Towergate holds back bond offering

Towergate Partnership has postponed its £665m bond offering as a result of conditions in the debt markets, according to a statement The company had announced its intention to offer £665m of 2017 and 2018-dated senior secured notes and senior notes. It met with a large number of institutional investors in Europe and the US and … Continued

Partnership in dash for growth

Corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts (DSW) has formed a partnership with management due diligence consultancy Diligencia. The partnership will offer a range of due diligence services, including financial, management, operational and commercial. The team has worked with clients that include leading private equity houses and major high street banks in the UK. James Dow … Continued

New due diligence partnership will ride next wave

Corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts has formed a partnership with leading management due diligence consultancy Diligencia to create one of the most experienced and comprehensive due diligence teams in the UK. “Our aim is simple,” explains James Dow, “to create the broadest and deepest due diligence service to support the corporate finance market. We … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts teams up with Diligencia

Corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts has formed a partnership with Warrington-based business strategy consultants Diligencia. The new partnership will offer financial, management, operational and commercial due diligence services. It will be headquartered at Dow Schofield Watts’ offices at Daresbury Park near Runcorn and bring together over 20 team members – a number which is … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts forms joint venture with Diligencia

Daresbury-based corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts has formed a partnership with Warrington-based management due diligence consultancy Diligencia. The firm said that the new partnership would offer a broad-ranging due diligence service covering financial, management, operational and commercial due diligence. Bruce Scott, who led a buyout of the Diligencia business from packaging giant Smurfit in … Continued

DSW forms due diligence partnership

Corporate finance house Dow Schofield Watts has created a partnership with consultancy Diligencia “to create the broadest and deepest due diligence service to support the corporate finance market”. The new operation will bring together 20 people in Daresbury with plans to increase headcount. “Our consultants are not just academics – we have all run businesses … Continued

New due diligence partnership will ride next wave of deal making

Corporate finance boutique Dow Schofield Watts has formed a partnership with leading management due diligence consultancy Diligencia to create one of the most experienced and comprehensive due diligence teams in the UK. New due diligence partnership will ride next wave of deal making “Our aim is simple,” explains James Dow, “to create the broadest and … Continued

Gresham pumps £12.5m into LAS

A division of drains specialist Lanes Group today changed hands as private equity outfit Gresham invested £12.3m in the business for a majority stake. Gresham has taken a 70 per cent stake in Lanes Assistance Services, which has its headquarters in Eccles. The management team at LAS, which turns over £20m and employs almost 80 … Continued

Gresham invests £12.3m in LAS

Who? Private equity firm Gresham. Did what? Has taken a 70 per cent stake in Eccles-based outsourced claims management and domestic repair services company Lanes Assistance Services (LAS). What does this mean? The remaining 30 per cent is owned by the management team, including managing director Darren Cooper and commercial director Tim Walker. Gresham acquired … Continued

Doubts cast on Liverpool takeover

Liverpool FC’S debt levels will be a key factor in whether interest from two Indian tycoons leads to major investment, experts said today. It was revealed yesterday that two businessmen from the sub-continent, Mukesh Ambani and Subrata Roy, were competing for bids to buy a significant stake in the club. But representatives of Mukesh Ambani, … Continued

Is the private equity deals market in recovery?

Private equity investment slumped last year, but the sector remains upbeat. Alistair Houghton reports There’s no question that the private equity sector took a massive hit in the recession – but those in the sector insist investment levels will soon start rising again. Research from the Centre for Management Buyout Research (CMBOR) this week showed … Continued

The return of private equity

Deal activity was only slightly up in the third quarter of 2009, but there is a new-found sense of optimism in the Greater Manchester market. “Private equity is back,” is how one relieved corporate financier put it. Date provider Zephus lists a total of 110 deals in Crain’s coverage area during the three months to … Continued

Martin Dawes deal saves 99 jobs

Scores of jobs have been axed after north west TV rental and sales business Martin Dawes underwent a pre-pack administration. The £11m-turnover company, based in Warrington, has been bought back by a management team led by Mr Dawes but its nine shops – including those in Manchester, Bury, Stockport and Wigan – have closed, with … Continued

Pre-pack at Martin Dawes TV rental business

Martin Dawes Ltd, which claims to be the UK’s largest independent TV rental company, has undergone a pre-pack administration. It was put into the hands of Les Ross and David Riley, from the Manchester office of Grant Thornton, before being bought back by the management team, headed by serial entrepreneur Martin Dawes. The business, which … Continued

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