Dow Schofield Watts, the specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Daresbury and Leeds, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicola Merritt, as a partner in their Transaction Service team, with effect from 26th February 2014.

Nicola joins from KPMG, where she was a senior member of the Transaction Services team most recently in Leeds but previously in Manchester and London. Over the past ten years Nicola has advised on a broad array of M&A transactions, providing services such as financial buy-side, sell-side, capital markets and refinancing due diligence, pre deal evaluation and vendor assistance.

Commenting on her arrival, Ed Brentnall, a partner in the Transaction Services team in the North West said: “As the M&A market shows renewed signs of vigour, this is an excellent time for Nicola to join our team. Nicola’s experience working with local, national and international private equity houses and corporates will further strengthen our offering in the North West, Yorkshire and further afield.

James Dow, founding partner of Dow Schofield Watts said: “We are absolutely delighted with Nicola’s appointment, she is an outstanding specialist and she further strengthens our capability to deliver partner led advisory services to our clients.

Nicola is the first of many quality appointments we intend to make over the forthcoming months as we continue to evolve our disciplines and capabilities.”