Dow Schofield Watts moves to 6 Wellington Place in Leeds 

Dow Schofield Watts has relocated to new offices at 6 Wellington Place in Leeds, a move that will place it at the heart of the city’s professional community.

From back to front: Jonathan Wilkinson, Matt Spence, Michael Barker, Paul Herriot, Cameron Hunter, Roger Esler, Jonathan Steed, Sophie Colloby, and Harry Martin.

Since launching in 2012, the DSW Corporate Finance and Transaction Services teams have worked with businesses across the Yorkshire, Humber, and North East regions. They have relocated to the new Urban Quarter from their long-term base in Thorpe Park, on the edge of the M1.

Roger Esler, who co-leads DSW’s Corporate Finance team, said: “Being in Leeds city centre puts us close to the professional community and is convenient for our national funder network, which tends to visit us by train. We will continue investing significant time across the region and working with businesses and professionals in other economic centres. 

The significant increase in deal activity in the last quarter of 2023 has continued into 2024, with the prospect of falling interest rates and a better economic climate increasing the confidence levels of business owners, buyers, and funders. 

Recent deals for the Corporate Finance team include the MBO of engineering services business Blackrow Group, the sales of IETG and 40SEVEN to SOCOTEC, and Mobeus’ £10m investment in specialist IT recruitment consultancy Ellis Recruitment Group. The team expanded again in late 2023, with Harry Martin joining from PwC.

Meanwhile, the Transaction Services team provided financial and tax due diligence on acquisitions by DJH Mitten (backed by Tenzing), APEM Group (backed by WestBridge Capital), Marsden Group (backed by Alcuin), Cranswick PLC, Succession Wealth, and Bond International.