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UK accountants strengthen corporate finance team

The reputation of Smith Cooper's corporate finance team is enabling the firm to attract high calibre talent.

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Two new staff members have been added to the award winning Corporate Finance team at UK (Midlands) accounting firm member Smith Cooper.

Alex Thompson joins the firm as a Senior Executive, with James Ward also joining as a Senior Manager. Both will primarily be based at the Nottingham office, but will operate across the wider Midlands, and assist clients throughout the UK.

Both Alex and James will act for business owners and management teams to support and deliver all types of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs/buy-ins and fundraising.

Commenting on his new appointment, Alex said: “Smith Cooper has established a prestigious reputation in the Midlands, and I feel privileged to be working as part of the Corporate Finance team.”

James has acquired a wealth of finance and industry experience from a career spanning over 20 years. He has worked as a corporate finance adviser in Nottingham for BDO and Clearwater International and has also spent time as a business owner running an engineering consultancy practice.

Dan Bowtell, Corporate Finance Partner at the firm comments: “We are really delighted to welcome both Alex and James to the team. Both have established industry acumen, and I am confident they will help our team continue to prosper.

“In the last year, our team have worked on a number of high profile transactions, including raising £3m of development finance for 200 Degrees Coffee, the sale of workwear manufacturer Wearwell, and the acquisition of Ultrasound Direct by The Fertility Partnership. 2018 deal activity looks set to exceed 2017 which is why we have made these two key appointments to ensure we have a strong team to deliver a quality corporate finance service.”

These new appointments follow on from a very successful year for Smith Cooper Corporate Finance - the firm advised on a record breaking number of deals last year, won numerous awards including the SME Deal of the Year Award, and secured a top 10 ranking by deal volume in the Midlands Experian M&A league table.