Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provides due diligence services on £20m buyout of catering firm Waterfall

PRIVATE equity firm LDC has backed a £20m secondary buyout of Warrington-based catering firm Waterfall. LDC has bought a minority stake held by YFM Equity Partners, venture capital trust Neptune-Calculus and Kaye Enterprises, since 2007 when they backed a management buyout of Caterplus. The vendors said they had achieved a 5x return on the original … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provide due diligence as Noise control firm completes £4m MBO

Rob McCarthy of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence to YFM Equity Partners as they back the management team of an industrial acoustic engineering business on a £4m MBO. A four-strong team from Wakefield Acoustics has bought the Cleckheaton firm, which designs, manufactures and installs a range of bespoke industrial and environmental noise … Continued

Online rug retailer set for growth after £3.2m buy-in

PHD Equity Partners backs £3.2m management buy-in of UK’s leading online rug retailer Modern Rugs – the UK’s leading dedicated online rug retailer which is based in Co Durham (URLs: and – has undergone a £3.2m management buy-in backed by Enterprise Ventures and PHD Equity Partners. The deal gives operational control of the … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advises Character World management team on £36million secondary buyout

Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance, the prominent independent advisory firm, announces the successful completion of its advisory role to the management team of Character World, the UK’s leading licenced bedding specialist, on their secondary buyout backed by Palatine Private Equity from RJD Partners.  Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance  have been retained adviser to the management … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts act on cross border deal with Indian buyer

Yorkshire advisers act on cross border deal with Indian buyer Two leading Yorkshire advisory firms, Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance Limited (“DSW”) and Squire Patton Boggs have successfully completed the international trade sale of Homestyle Products Limited (“Homestyle Products”) to Acrysil UK Limited, a newly formed UK subsidiary of Acrysil Limited (“Acrysil”), an Indian company … Continued

Bridgepoint Development Capital and PHD Equity Partners complete £66m sale of The Energy Solutions Group

Bridgepoint Development Capital and PHD Equity Partners have completed the sale of The Energy Solutions Group, the leading provider of energy management solutions to SSE plc for an initial consideration of £66m. ESG works with both private and public sector customers to provide solutions that reduce energy consumption, minimise costs and create sustainable energy savings. ESG whose customers have property portfolios … Continued

Director promotions at Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts, the specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm, have recognised the outstanding contribution by two of its team in its North West Office. Dave Graham and Tony Meakin have been promoted to director level. Mr Graham, a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the University of Liverpool, joined Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance … Continued

Continuing growth for Dow Schofield Watts with the launch of Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP

We are delighted to announce the launch of Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP, which offers recovery and insolvency advice to businesses suffering financial difficulties. The new business is part of the Dow Schofield Watts group of professional services businesses. Dow Schofield Watts is an award winning corporate finance specialists, who have advised on more … Continued

DSW Transaction Services act for Playnation on their acquisition of Funhouse Leisure

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services undertook the financial due diligence project for Runcorn based, Playnation, on their acquisition of Funhouse Leisure.  This was the first time Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services had worked for Playnation, however they do have a successful track record of working with their private equity backers, Palatine Private Equity. Playnation, which provides its … Continued

DSW guide MBO team on buyout of Apico – leading motorcross brand

Dow Schofield Watts advised Dylan Brown and Anna Lena Eriksson on their management buyout.  After 30 years’ service, Yrjö Vesterinen and Diane Vesterinen are handing over the reins to the younger couple, with over 40 years’ experience between them. Yrjö ‘Vesty’ Vesterinen, who started the company along with his wife Diane from small beginnings in Guildford back … Continued

DSW advises Liverpool insurance broker Coulter Hurst on sale to Stackhouse Poland

Cheshire based Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance acted for Coulter Hurst and Company Limited on their sale to leading independent insurance broker, Stackhouse Poland. Founded in 1999, Liverpool-based Coulter Hurst is an insurance and risk management practice which specialises in the commercial property and professional insurance sectors. Stackhouse Poland’s acquisition of Coulter Hurst will see their operating footprint … Continued