Paul Herriott

Paul Herriott

Paul is a Director in the Corporate Finance team based in Leeds. He joined Dow Schofield Watts in September 2013.

He has advised companies across the mid-market on transactions including trade sales, strategic acquisitions, MBOs, private equity and debt fundraising. He has broad sector experience across manufacturing, business support services, technology & software, transport & logistics, industrial services, retail and leisure.

Following graduation from Durham University with a degree in Economics and a MSc in Finance & Investment, he subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.

Recent deals include:

Trade sales

The Bridge (IT Recruitment) to Morson Group, Open Objects to Idox plc, Car Buying Group to Aston Barclay

Cross-border M&A

Explorer Group (Elddis Caravans) to the Erwin Hymer Group of Germany, Simon Gibson Transport to GCA of France, Dyson Technical Ceramics

Non-core disposals

Premier Products (subsidiary of James Briggs) to Selden Research, SpaceKraft (subsidiary of RM plc)


Operam Education acquisitions of Key Stage, Teachers UK and The Education Specialists, AFI acquisition of Facelift

Management Buyouts

AFI funded by Pricoa, Star Brands funded by Mobeus, Park Leisure 2000 funded by Midlothian Capital Partners and Ares, Provide Education funded by HSBC, Sash UK & Fitrite funded by Praesidian Capital, Yorkshire Repak funded by HSBC, CPD plc funded by Barclays

Capital Fundraising

Perwyn investment in The Feel Good Group, BGF investment in Operam Education

Corporate Finance – Leeds Office