Deal arranged by DSW creates one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers

Inflexion Private Equity has backed the simultaneous buyout and immediate merger of Bollington Insurance Brokers and Wilsons Insurance Brokers. The new structure, Bollington Wilson Group, will be one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, generating annual gross written premiums in excess of £120m. Dow Schofield Watts arranged the deal having introduced both companies to … Continued

DSW in running for two Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts has been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Yorkshire Insider Dealmakers Awards. The firm is once again in the running for the Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year, which it won last year. Meanwhile it has been nominated for Deal of the Year (sub £25m) for its role in the sale … Continued

DSW tech team advises Hello Soda on £5.5m fundraising

Dow Schofield Watts’ technology team advised on the £5.5m fundraising by the Manchester-based Hello Soda, the global text and big data analytics service. NVM Private Equity has invested £4m in the business alongside an additional £1.5 million venture debt facility from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank’s Growth Finance team. The investment will enable the company to … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts is North West’s most active advisor

Dow Schofield Watts was the most active financial advisor in the North West in the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest deals statistics from Experian. They show that the firm advised on 16 deals in the region in the year to date, placing it in number one position in terms of deal … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts wins deals awards – again!

Dow Schofield Watts has scooped two awards at the 2017 Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm won the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year for the third year in a row and Transaction Services Team of the Year for the second year in a row. The event, which was hosted at Manchester … Continued

Just For Pets Limited – In Administration

Nearly 200 jobs have been saved following the appointment of Ben Barrett and John Carpenter of Dow Schofield Watts Business Recovery LLP (“DSW”) as joint administrators to specialist pet retailer Just For Pets Limited on 10 October 2017. After an extensive marketing exercise, the joint administrators have completed a sale of the business of Just … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts expands Yorkshire team

Shahid Hussain has joined Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services as an executive at its Yorkshire & North East office. Shahid joins from PwC in Yorkshire, where he spent six years working on the audits of some of the most respected blue-chip corporates in the region and where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in … Continued

DSW scoops 11 nominations in North West Dealmakers

Dow Schofield Watts is in the running to retain its accolades as Mid-Market Team of the Year and the Transaction Services Team of the Year at this year’s Insider North West Dealmakers Awards.   The firm has once again been shortlisted in both categories which it won last year. Meanwhile deals in which DSW, and … Continued

Telecoms firm nets £9m investment

Telecommunications business 4net Technologies has received a £9m investment from YFM Equity Partners and other investors.  Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised on the deal, which aims to support the continued growth of the business through new product and market development.   4net, which has offices in Manchester, Burton-on-Trent, Reading and London, develops contact centre and telephony solutions to … Continued

DSW appoints dealmaker to its Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team

Dow Schofield Watts, the independent corporate advisory firm, has appointed Luke Pedley as a Corporate Finance Associate in its Yorkshire & North East Corporate office.  Luke joins from RSM Corporate Finance where he spent four years working in the firm’s London and Manchester offices. There he worked on a wide range of transactions including trade sales, acquisitions, debt and private equity refinancings and IPOs.  Luke graduated … Continued

Specialty chemicals supplier is acquired by German company

Melrob Group Holdings – the UK-based specialty chemicals business which has offices worldwide – has been acquired by the German company Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH (NRC).  Dow Schofield Watts and DWF advised on the deal, which will strengthen Hamburg-based NRC’s business in Asia Pacific and North America and give it access to the market for industrial chemicals and monomers and the biomaterials sector.    Melrob has headquarters in Crawley and UK offices in Tring and Congleton, with overseas offices in Europe, the US, Japan and South Korea. The business was established in 1995 by Ian Melluish, the current MD, and … Continued

New M&A network seeks global opportunities for UK firms

A new international network of corporate finance advisers aims to help firms make the most of the opportunities in the changing global business environment. Pangea M&A has been launched by Dow Schofield Watts, the North’s leading independent corporate finance firm, and initially brings the firm together with partners in ten other countries – the USA, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Ireland – representing over 60 office locations between them. A number of new partners are expected to be announced in the coming … Continued

Rob leads athletics events at Special Olympics

Over 2,600 athletes and around 10,000 supporters gathered in Sheffield for the Special Olympics National Summer Games from 7-12 August. Rob McCarthy, who leads the Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services team in Leeds, played a key role. Rob was responsible for delivering the athletics programme, the largest in the games which saw more than 400 … Continued

£4m investment by PHD shows art of the deal

PHD shows the art of the deal with £4m investment Pictured from the left are Andy Dodd of PHD Equity Partners, Richard Hope-Hawkins of Teaching Art, Craig Richardson of PHD and Teaching Art’s founder John Hope-Hawkins PHD shows the art of the deal with £4m investment A supplier of arts materials which runs a well-known … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts tops North West deals adviser league

Dow Schofield Watts was the most active financial adviser in the North West in the first half of 2017, according to new figures from Experian. The firm advised on 11 deals in the region during the six months. They included the acquisition of East Midlands IT support specialist Pyranet by Chester-based Townley Network Solutions (TNS); … Continued