With teams covering the North West, Yorkshire and the North East, DSW TS has enjoyed a fantastic start to 2015, particularly in the private equity market. This follows on from recent mid-market adviser statistics showing the DSW TS was the second most active PE due diligence provider in the North West over the last year*.

The North West team has continued to bolster existing relationships, working on a number of high profile North West deals including two for LDC’s portfolio of investments, Cheshire-based procurement outsourcing service company Inprova Group, on the purchase of two non-domestic energy brokers, energyTEAM and ENER-G Procurement. Further noteworthy deals include PDHL’s acquisition of Kensington Financial Management Consultants and the LDC backed MBO of Waterfall.

“The assistance provided by Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services went further than what we’d normally expect from a FDD provider, in terms of deal valuation negotiations, completion mechanics and pre completion integration planning. We look forward to working with them again.”

Paul Kennedy,   CEO of Inprova Group


Commenting on the raft of deals, Catriona Lang, Partner said:

“The volume of mid-market deals we have worked on clearly demonstrates the appetite that the private equity and banking communities have for this size of transaction.

What is particularly pleasing is to see the great start we have had in the Yorkshire and North East market, with Rob McCarthy acting on a number of deals including providing financial diligence to leading Yorkshire Plc, HC Slingsby, on the purchase of Norwich-based counterpart ESE Direct, (funded by HSBC), and the YFM backed MBO of Wakefield Acoustics.”

Rob has also advised acquisitive recruitment and health services provider, Castlerock Recruitment Group, on a number of deals.



* Source: Market IQ North West Deals (£50k ↔ £50m deal size), (excluding property, capital markets, international, & undisclosed providers)