5 nominations for Yorkshire team in Dealmakers awards

Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team in Yorkshire & the North East, led by Roger Esler and Tony Norwood, has been shortlisted in three categories in the Insider’s Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2016. The team is in the running for the Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year award. DSW also been shortlisted in the Deal … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts launches partnership with science campus

Dow Schofield Watts has announced a strategic partnership with national science and innovation campus Sci-Tech Daresbury. The firm will support the continuous development of the campus and the increasing number of high-tech businesses moving in each month. Sci-Tech Daresbury, one of the UK’s leading centres for science and technology businesses, has experienced substantial growth in … Continued

Tattoo supplies firm in secondary buy-out

A business which was founded over a century ago by the UK’s first celebrity tattooist and is now Europe’s leading supplier of body art products has changed hands in a secondary buy-out. Barber of Sheffield has been sold by PHD Equity Partners and Enterprise Ventures to RJD Partners in a deal which represents a significant … Continued

DSW Transaction Services named top team at deals awards

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services has been named as the Transaction Services Team of the Year at the 2016 Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The judges described the team as ‘a quality operation’ and cited the firm’s strong reputation amongst the mid-market private equity community as being key to their decision. It was one of … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts wins hat trick at deals awards

  Dow Schofield Watts has scooped three awards at the 2016 Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm won the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year, Transaction Services Team of the Year and also the Deal of the Year (£10m to £50m) for its role in the sale of the rubber compounder Berwin … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in running for 6 awards!

Dow Schofield Watts and its private equity arm PHD Equity Partners have been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Insider North West Dealmakers Awards, while deals on which the firm advised are in the running for a further three awards. Dow Schofield Watts’ corporate finance team has been nominated for both the Corporate Finance … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts expands transaction services team

Dow Schofield Watts has appointed Mughees Saleem as an executive within its growing transaction services team. Mughees joins from professional services firm EY, where he worked within the audit department over a period spanning five years. Having gained a scholarship with EY, he initially worked on placement while completing his degree in Accounting, Auditing and … Continued

17 deals in 7 months for transactions team

Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services completed 17 deals in the seven months to the end of July 2016, reflecting private equity platform investment, bolt-on and exit activity in addition to work with acquisitive corporates. Ed Brentnall, Partner with Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services in the North West, commented on the post-EU referendum period: “The initial … Continued

French multinational acquires 3,500-strong caterer

Dow Schofield Watts’ Transaction Services’ team advised private equity firm LDC on the sale of its investment in Waterfall Catering Group to Paris-based multinational Elior Group SA. Warrington-based Waterfall is the contract catering business behind Caterplus and Taylor Shaw. LDC originally backed the £20m secondary buyout of Waterfall in December 2014 in a deal that … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts advises on the sale of Open Objects to Idox plc

A market leading supplier of social care and health software solutions and digital services to around 60% of top tier local authorities in England including Sheffield, Barnsley, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle has been taken over in a deal involving Yorkshire advisers. Open Objects Software Limited, a specialist in the UK public sector social care and … Continued

Deal values up 55% in first half for Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts advised on 22 deals worth £194m in the first half of 2016 – an increase in value of 55% on the same period last year, when it advised on 16 deals worth £124.8m. The firm said the growth reflected the increase in business confidence before the Brexit vote. Key deals in the … Continued

Buy-in opens door to growth for one of Yorkshire’s leading fabricators

One of the region’s long-established privately owned PVC fabrication businesses has changed hands in a management buy-in with the transaction providing an exit for the original founder shareholders. The £22m turnover SASH-Fitrite group, based in Barnsley and operating under the brands Sash UK (“Sash”) and Fitrite Fencing & Decking (“Fitrite”), has been acquired by John … Continued

Periscopes business sold in £9.5m deal

Kent Periscopes Ltd – the military equipment supplier based in St Asaph, North Wales – has been acquired by the photonics technology company Gooch & Housego plc in a deal worth up to £9.5m. Dow Schofield Watts and Hill Dickinson advised Kent on the deal. Founded in 2005, Kent is a specialist supplier of periscopes, … Continued

New Director Appointment to the Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts

Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Cheshire and Leeds, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Smith as a Corporate Finance Director in Daresbury, with effect from 29th June 2016. David Smith qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 25 years’ experience of equity … Continued

DSW advise The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital

The Dining Club Group, a business backed by Bridgepoint Development Capital, has today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club Limited (″Hi-Life″), a subscription-based dining membership club, from Hi-Life Group Limited. Matt Turner, Chief Executive of The Dining Club Group, said: “Discounted dining is part of a growing benefits sector.  With … Continued