Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm, has continued its expansion plans with the appointment of Phil King to its Corporate Finance team. Phil will be based in the Yorkshire & North East office, advising a wide range of businesses across the region on acquisitions, business sales, financing raising and buy-outs.

Phil is the latest in a line of high calibre Chartered Accountants to join the firm. Over the course of the last two years the DSW Group has grown from 28 to 40 across its corporate finance, due diligence, forensic accounting and business recovery disciplines. Other recent appointments to the Yorkshire & North East team include partners Kate Beckett and Rob McCarthy who lead DSW’s Forensic and Due Diligence businesses, respectively, in the region.

Phil was previously at Deloitte in Leeds and latterly in the Cayman Islands where he held a senior position in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services team and was involved in a range of corporate finance, forensic, business modelling and valuation projects.

Phil said that he is “delighted to be back in the Yorkshire region and to be joining the experienced and growing DSW team at a time when market activity and availability of finance on the increase. The diverse range of quality businesses in the region, together with the opportunity to be advising on everything from raising growth capital to strategic acquisitions and cross border business disposals was of real appeal to me.”

Commenting on Phil’s arrival, Roger Esler, who leads DSW’s Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire & the North East said: “This is an exciting time for Phil to be joining the firm. We are making great strides in our partner-led delivery of corporate finance, due diligence and forensic accounting advice in the region as our team here grows. Phil represents another high quality appointment who brings with him some very distinctive experience and we continue to welcome other talented individuals who are interested in being part of our business.”