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 volume.

Meanwhile in Yorkshire, Dow Schofield Watts advised on seven local deals with a total value of £267m during the period, ranking just behind three of the “big 4” accountancy firms.

Experian’s M&A Report shows that deal activity declined by 23% in the North West during the first nine months of 2017, and by 27% in Yorkshire and Humber.

James Dow, founding partner, says the firm has succeeded in bucking the trend: “These latest figures underline Dow Schofield Watts’ position as the leading independent mid-market advisory firm in the North. Despite the overall fall in deal activity, we have seen keen demand for our corporate finance and due diligence services.

“We have also continued to expand our network and raise our profile with new initiatives – in particular the launch of the Dow Schofield Watts Angels Network to bring together investors with high-growth tech businesses, and more recently the launch of our international advisory network Pangea M&A, to enable firms to make the most of opportunities in the changing global business environment.”