The best in the north.

Dow Schofield Watts’ award-winning teams in the North West and North East of England are amongst the most experienced in their fields, with professionals drawn from diverse backgrounds in Big 4 accountancy practices, investment banking and industry.

Established in 2002 by its three founding partners, Dow Schofield Watts continues to grow and further develop its services. Our responsive, proactive and accessible approach, together with our experience and contacts, enables us to provide the best possible outcomes for clients.

A partner-led service, high-quality advice and reputation for achieving results make us the advisor of choice for corporates, SMEs and private equity firms alike.

The approach and attention to detail through the process was first class.

Peter Cook

HSBC Commercial Banking

Our People

We’re award winners.

We’re helping to shape our industry and in doing so we’re becoming recognised as a leader. We’re very proud of what we’re acheiving and have our customers and partners to thank for that.

Our Services

  • ABL Risk Management

    ABL Risk Management

    The DSW Asset Based Lending Risk Management team offers both pre and post lend Due Diligence and Risk Management specialising in Receivables, Inventory, Plant and Machinery and Trade Finance across all funding levels.

  • Business Planning

    Business Planning

    We offer financial and commercial advice to private and public sector clients in relation to business planning, financial forecasts, and capital projects. Providing high-quality advice at competitive rates, we assist our clients in addressing the current financial pressures facing business and public sector bodies.

  • Business Recovery

    Business Recovery

    Our highly experienced team of qualified Insolvency Practitioners offers a full range of solutions and has the skills to identify the most appropriate in each case. We will assess your circumstances, explain the options and guide you through the processes to achieve the optimum outcome.

  • Corporate Finance Advice

    Corporate Finance Advice

    Advice on disposals, acquisitions, buyouts, private equity and fundraisings. Preparing your business for a sale, identifying potential buyers and negotiating and structuring the deal. Developing your growth strategy, identifying targets and managing the deal process through to completion and much more.

  • Debt Advisory

    Debt Advisory

    Our debt advisory team comprises of former senior bankers (with Board level expertise) and highly experienced debt advisory practitioners. Our primary focus is on using our wealth of experience to add genuine value to the businesses and private equity houses we advise.

  • Equity Finance

    Equity Finance

    We have over 100 years’ combined experienced and have backgrounds in corporate finance, industry and private equity – our senior partners have been working together for over 15 years. Our investment focus is on businesses with an enterprise value of up to £10million across all industry sectors.

  • Financial Due Diligence

    Financial Due Diligence

    Having completed over 60 transactions in the past two years, we are one of the most active financial due diligence advisors in the market. Our award-winning team provides a partner-led service to private equity firms, banks, asset-based lenders, corporate entities and many more.

  • Principal Partners

    Principal Partners

    DSW Principal Partners is a panel of highly experienced C-suite leaders who can support any business requirement, whether functional or strategic. We offer customised solutions to meet your business requirements, timelines, and budget.

  • Tax Advisory

    Tax Advisory

    Dow Schofield Watts tax advisory is one of the UK’s leading independent tax teams, providing expert advice to support clients involved in various tax issues.​ We have a track record of successful delivery of Taxation advice to various companies and individuals. ​

  • Venture Capital

    Venture Capital

    DSW Ventures backs innovators, transformers and pioneers to scale-up early-stage companies. Their primary focus is on software, digital and other technology businesses; but we will invest in businesses in other sectors with a scalable model, protectable market positions and talented founders.

  • Wealth Planning

    Wealth Planning

    Our objective guidance is driven by what you want your money to bring you and your family, both now and in the future. We enjoy taking this approach, as it gives us the freedom to apply our financial expertise to deliver, and then implement, a strategic plan to make your vision a reality.

Latest news

The challenges facing Welsh fintech – and the opportunity ahead

16th May 2024

The challenges facing Welsh fintech – and the opportunity ahead Cardiff could become a magnet for innovative businesses, says Koo Aseeley, Partner at Dow Schofield Watt’s Corporate Finance team in South Wales. Fintech has been one of the highlights of the Welsh economy in recent years. The industry has its roots in the region’s existing … Continued

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"DSW were very good at taking the emotion out of the negotiations and fought well on behalf of us, the Management. They engaged with the private equity market early in the process and took the deal to a successful conclusion."

Steve Dalton, ESG