Dow Schofield Watts in running for 6 awards!

Dow Schofield Watts and its private equity arm PHD Equity Partners have been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Insider North West Dealmakers Awards, while deals on which the firm advised are in the running for a further three awards. Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team has been nominated for both the Corporate Finance … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts expands transaction services team

Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Mughees Saleem as an executive within its growing transaction services team. Mughees joins from professional services firm EY, where he worked within the audit department over a period spanning five years. Having gained a scholarship with EY, he initially worked on placement while completing his degree in Accounting, Auditing and … Continued

17 deals in 7 months for transactions team

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services completed 17 deals in the seven months to the end of July 2016, reflecting private equity platform investment, bolt-on and exit activity in addition to work with acquisitive corporates. Ed Brentnall, Partner with Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services in the North West, commented on the post-EU referendum period: “The initial … Continued

French multinational acquires 3,500-strong caterer

Dow Schofield Watts’ Transaction Services’ team advised private equity firm LDC on the sale of its investment in Waterfall Catering Group to Paris-based multinational Elior Group SA. Warrington-based Waterfall is the contract catering business behind Caterplus and Taylor Shaw. LDC originally backed the £20m secondary buyout of Waterfall in December 2014 in a deal that … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts advises on the sale of Open Objects to Idox plc

A market leading supplier of social care and health software solutions and digital services to around 60% of top tier local authorities in England including Sheffield, Barnsley, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle has been taken over in a deal involving Yorkshire advisers. Open Objects Software Limited, a specialist in the UK public sector social care and … Continued

Deal values up 55% in first half for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts advised on 22 deals worth £194m in the first half of 2016 – an increase in value of 55% on the same period last year, when it advised on 16 deals worth £124.8m. The firm said the growth reflected the increase in business confidence before the Brexit vote. Key deals in the … Continued

Buy-in opens door to growth for one of Yorkshire’s leading fabricators

One of the region’s long-established privately owned PVC fabrication businesses has changed hands in a management buy-in with the transaction providing an exit for the original founder shareholders. The £22m turnover SASH-Fitrite group, based in Barnsley and operating under the brands Sash UK (“Sash”) and Fitrite Fencing & Decking (“Fitrite”), has been acquired by John … Continued

Periscopes business sold in £9.5m deal

Kent Periscopes Ltd – the military equipment supplier based in St Asaph, North Wales – has been acquired by the photonics technology company Gooch & Housego plc in a deal worth up to £9.5m. Dow Schofield Watts and Hill Dickinson advised Kent on the deal. Founded in 2005, Kent is a specialist supplier of periscopes, … Continued

New Director Appointment to the Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Cheshire and Leeds, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Smith as a Corporate Finance Director in Daresbury, with effect from 29th June 2016. David Smith qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 25 years’ experience of equity … Continued

DSW advise The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital

The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital, has today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited (″Hi-Life″), a subscription-based dining membership club, from Hi-Life Group Limited. Matt Turner, Chief Executive of The Dining Club Group, said: “Discounted dining is part of a growing benefits sector.  With … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts awarded Apprentice of the Year 2016

  Laura Bentley, 18, was crowned Business Administration Apprentice of the Year at Riverside and Cronton College. Laura is currently based at Dow Schofield Watts and is one of 68 students at Riverside College in the Business Admin Apprenticeship curriculum. Awards were presented on the night by senior college staff and guests who included The Worshipful … Continued

Director takes control in MBO at equipment company

Selectequip, the Lichfield-based supplier of PPE, maintenance products and safety supplies, and its Wakefield-based sister company Coolsign, manufacturer of signage products, have undergone a management buy-out. The deal allows director Henry Spence to take full ownership of both companies by acquiring the shareholding of fellow director Peter Ryan, who is retiring from the business. Dow … Continued

DSW advises management on £50m buy-out of NWTC by Graphite

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised the management of New World Trading Company (NWTC) – one of the UK’s most respected pub and restaurant businesses – on the £50m buy-out of the business backed by Graphite Capital. The Knutsford-based company operates The Botanist, The Oast House, Smugglers Cove, The Trading House and The Club House … Continued

Swedish listed company HEXPOL has acquired Berwin Group

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance has successfully advised the shareholders on the sale of Berwin Group to HEXPOL AB, a Swedish listed polymer compounding group. The Berwin shareholders were also advised by Andrew Needham, TLT solicitors, who has advised the shareholders for over 30 years. With sites in Manchester and Gloucestershire, the Berwin Group is … Continued

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