Dow Schofield Watts launches corporate finance service in the Midlands

Financial advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts (DSW) has expanded its presence in the Midlands with the launch of a new corporate finance team. 

Dow Schofield Watts launches corporate finance service in Midlands
Harry Walker

Harry Walker leads the three-strong team, which includes Fahim Kassam and Daniel Chouciño, who have all joined from FRP Corporate Finance. They will initially be based in Leicester and Nottingham, with plans to expand into the West Midlands in the future.  

Their arrival comes just weeks after DSW entered the Midlands market with the addition of Nottingham-based corporate recovery firm Bridgewood to the network. 

Each of the new team members has over ten years of experience in corporate finance and has advised on a broad range of deals across different business sectors. Harry Walker worked with Grant Thornton in Bristol before joining FRP in 2018 to launch its corporate finance team in the East Midlands.  

Daniel Chouciño spent the early part of his career working on cross-border mergers and acquisitions for an international corporate finance network, while Fahim Kassam started his career in investment banking with Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Alantra. Both joined FRP in 2019. 

Building on its existing track record over the last five years, the new team will advise on deals including sales, management buyouts, acquisitions and equity and debt fundraising, working primarily with owner-managed and private equity-backed mid-market businesses. 

Dow Schofield Watts now has over 100 professionals in Aberdeen, the North West, Leeds, Leicester, London, Nottingham and Reading. It regularly ranks amongst the top 20 most active UK corporate finance advisers and also operates Pandea Global M&A, an international corporate finance network covering 33 different countries. 

Dow Schofield Watts offers an alternative to traditional accountancy firms by enabling professionals to run their own businesses as part of the network. The new team are the first to take advantage of DSW’s Breakout Incentive, which was launched in February this year and offers teams of three or more an additional cash injection to start their own business. 

Harry Walker said: “We are pleased to be joining Dow Schofield Watts, which has an excellent track record in corporate finance and provides an ideal platform from which to grow a Midlands corporate finance team. The move enables us to be part of a UK-wide team with international connections through the Pandea network, while at the same time giving us greater autonomy in the way we run and build the business.”

James Dow of Dow Schofield Watts said: “We are delighted to welcome Harry and his team. Corporate finance is a core area of expertise for us, and the arrival of this award-winning team further strengthens our offer to clients and expands our local presence in the Midlands. It is also in line with our goal to attract new teams of high quality people into the network.”