Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Jonathan Steed as Partner in its transaction services team in Leeds. Jonathan, who joins from KPMG, has over 25 years’ experience providing financial due diligence to clients in Yorkshire.

During that time he has advised private equity firms, lenders and businesses ranging from family firms to many of Yorkshire’s best-known companies, and worked on deals across a wide range of sectors. At Dow Schofield Watts he will work alongside Sophie Colloby, who leads the transaction services team in Yorkshire.

Jonathan said: “Dow Schofield Watts is differentiated by its strong partner-led approach. I am looking forward to playing a hands-on role and will be involved proactively at every stage of my clients’ deals. This helps us to really tailor our work to meet the client requirements and can also bring meaningful efficiencies to deal processes.”

Sophie Colloby added: “I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services. Robust due diligence will be even more important in the wake of the current crisis as purchasers and lenders want to get to grips with business fundamentals. Jonathan’s considerable deals experience – which includes working through previous economic cycles – will be invaluable to our clients. His arrival builds on our years of significant growth in Yorkshire and further increases our bandwidth.”

Jonathan Steed