Roger Esler

Roger Esler

Roger joined Dow Schofield Watts in 2012 with specific responsibility for the Yorkshire & the North East office and team.

Following graduation from Sheffield University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Roger then gained over 20 years corporate finance experience at SG Hambros, KPMG and latterly Deloitte where he was a partner for over a decade with regional responsibility for PLC and Debt Advisory.

Extensive transacting experience of c.30 years in the private and public markets across a range of sectors with an aggregate completed deal value of over £5billion, including:


YFM, Sk:n, City Link, Masternaut 3X, TRS, Pride Valley Foods, JSP Solicitors, Homestyle, Spacekraft, Dyson Technical Ceramics, Simon Gibson Transport, Open Objects Software, Colt Industrial Services, Premiere Products, Explorer Group (Elddis Caravans), Park Leisure 2000, Heron Foods, The Bridge, Helix Tool Company, The Car Buying Group, Comms Design, Sheffield Forgemasters International, ControlPoint, Firesprite Games, Argyll Holidays, PEAK Pipe Systems, GEM Scientific, Northern Balance, IETG, 40SEVEN, Tile Giant


Betfred, AFI-Uplift, Grontmij, ATH Resources, Dexcom, Phoenix Pharmahandel, Tulip International, Jepson & Co, Tile Giant


Original Factory Shop, William Cook Defence, Tuffnells, Bullock Construction, AFI, Optare, RecyCoal, Denby, CPD, Yorkshire Repak, The Feel Good Group, Springfield Solutions, Star Brands, Ashfield Extrusion, Northern Building Plastics, Carnaby Caravans, MTW Architectural, Blackrow Engineering, Ellis Recruitment


SSP Holdings, Dobbies Garden Centres, Vebnet, Robert Wiseman, Rensburg Shepherds, Willerby Holiday Homes


Uniq, Dyson, Astrum, Azelis, Ainscough, Denholm Group, Bondshold

Distressed M&A

Romag, Dipford, Cosalt Holiday Homes, Casper, Europower, Stylo



Corporate Finance/PHD Equity Partners – Leeds Office