International M&A Network Completes 110 Deals In 2018

In 2018, Pandea Global M&A (“Pandea”) member firms completed 110 transactions with a combined value of over €1.6 billion, the network has confirmed. Pandea is a global network of selected independent firms with a primary focus on creating and executing cross border M&A transactions to add significant value to its member’s clients such as providing … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Launches Tax Consultancy Arm

Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has expanded its services with the launch of a new tax consultancy arm. DSW Tax Consulting will be led by Simon Denye who has over 21 years’ experience as a tax specialist with firms including PwC and KPMG and most recently as Tax Director at CLB Coopers. It will … Continued

Coronation Street: A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective

Coronation Street: A Forensic Accountant’s Perspective Inspired by recent events at Corrie’s famous Underworld factory, in this article, we will take a brief look at shareholder disputes, share transfers and business valuations and their connection to the cobbles. Drama on the Cobbles! For those who don’t know (although you really should), Underworld is the lingerie … Continued

The cap needs to fit: how and why to balance the cap table between founders and investors

An out-of-balance cap table will ultimately affect the incentives of founders and the long-term prospects of a business. By Keith Benson, Director at Dow Schofield Watts Angels ( At Dow Schofield Watts, we advise our corporate finance clients on raising venture capital and use our investors’ (and our own) money to fund early-stage businesses through … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in The Sun

One of Dow Schofield Watts’ founders, James Dow, has been featured online by the newspaper The Sun. In an article on the signing Christian Pulisic (the 20-year-old American forward) to Chelsea FC. James explains to readers how this move may lead to more business growth generated by the UK Premier League over in America. To read the … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in the Sunday Times

Dow Schofield Watts’ very own David Smith has recently been featured in the January 20th edition of the Sunday Times. In an interview on Angel investing, David shares his thoughts on the do’s and don’ts for start-up businesses when approaching investors. The piece also covers the wealth of opportunities available in the North for Angel … Continued

Deal volumes up 25% as Dow Schofield Watts looks to further growth

Independent advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has bucked the trend with a rise of over 25 percent in the volume and value of deals it advised on during 2018. Its corporate finance and transaction services teams advised on 68 deals worth £1.07bn during the year, compared to 54 deals worth £839m in 2017. The firm … Continued

Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments

Creating a Portfolio of Angel Investments By David Smith The general risks of unquoted investing Each of the Dow Schofield Watts Angels investment circulars states that you are significantly more likely to lose your money than to make money. This is more than just boilerplate. We do want investors to take it to heart and … Continued

DSW Angels completes third investment

PopTopUK Limited, the UK’s leading online events marketplace, has secured a £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels and Northstar Ventures. Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be invested in sales and marketing to support the imminent launch of PopTop’s real-time booking system.  PopTop, which is … Continued

Transaction services team celebrates 10 years

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services is celebrating its 10th anniversary as it continues to expand its team. Starting out with just three members in Daresbury in November 2008, the team now numbers 14 across the North West, Leeds and London. Recent appointments have included Alex Hill in Leeds and Will Baker in London. Meanwhile demand … Continued

Stalled Victoria House apartments development sold for £2.35m

Administrators for the troubled Victoria House development in Liverpool city centre have sold the building to a subsidiary of London-based A R & V Investments Limited.   Recovery experts at Dow Schofield Watts were appointed as administrators of Pinnacle Residential (Liverpool) Limited in April. A national marketing campaign was launched to find suitable buyers for the property and generated significant interest.  The seven-storey former office building has … Continued

Forecast is bright as business planning team joins Dow Schofield Watts

A North West firm which provides financial modelling services for the public and private sector has joined forces with national advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts as part of its growth plans. JL Advisory will now change its name to Dow Schofield Watts Business Planning LLP. The business, which is based in Stockport and made up … Continued

Beech Tree backs cloud services provider BCN

Beech Tree Private Equity has made a significant investment in the Manchester-based IT managed services provider BCN Group. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Beech Tree on the deal. BCN Group provides cloud hosting, voice solutions, data management, maintenance and other services to hundreds of customers across the country. The company has a strong focus … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts expands Yorkshire & North East team

Advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has announced two new appointments and a promotion at its Yorkshire & North East office.   Alex Hill joins the Transaction Services team from KPMG, where he worked on a wide variety of clients ranging from manufacturing to construction and retail with revenue typically ranging between £40m to £100m.   Bibin Johnson joins the Corporate Finance team from PwC, and has worked with clients in the industrial, manufacturing and retail … Continued

DSW Angels joins national network

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the angels network for the North of England – has joined the national trade body, the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). The membership will bring it together with over 160 other UKBAA members including investment syndicates, VCs, accelerators and early-stage investors. Dow Schofield Watts Angels now has over 70 investors … Continued

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