London office marks start of accelerated expansion for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts, the North’s leading independent business advisory firm, has taken the first step in its plans for a national roll-out with the launch of a London office. The new office in Covent Garden will initially offer due diligence services and will be led by Richard Hooper, who joins from Deloitte, and James Killing … Continued

Foresight invests £2m in buy-out at contract research firm

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services advised Foresight on its £2m investment in Epistem, a Manchester-based contract research organisation. It is the fourth contract research deal for which DSW has provided financial due diligence and highlights its expertise within the sector. Foresight’s investment will support Epistem’s management buy-out from genedrive plc, and will enable the company … Continued

PHD Hosts Fund 2 Investor Day

PHD Equity Partners – the fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts group – marked its 10th anniversary with a private reception which gave investors the opportunity to meet the companies they are supporting. Over 20 investors attended the event at DSW’s Daresbury offices. They heard from CEOs or directors of each of PHD’s … Continued

How much to raise – June 2018

Over the last year we’ve seen about 250 pitch decks, from teams at differing stages, with wildly differing views on funding amounts and valuations (the question of valuation is inextricably linked to the amount of the raise; I’ll try come back to that in a future article). We expect founders to come to us with … Continued