Grant Thornton strengthens Yorkshire corporate finance team after string of deals

Photo caption: The extended Grant Thornton Corporate Finance team From right to left: Simon Keppie, John Whitney, Jim Whittaker, Ben Brydges, Duncan Morpeth and James Boreman. Photo Simon Dewhurst

Recent deals include the sale of specialist home care provider Routes Healthcare to mid-sized investor Palatine Private Equity as part of a secondary buyout, and the sale of steel maker and installer DAM Structures based in the United States. East Yorkshire to Severfield plc for up to £ 27million, LDC’s investment in preventive healthcare specialist PAM and the acquisition of North-based fire and security company ABCA Systems Is by Trimountain Partners.

The team also advised the vendors of John Hill Associates, a Doncaster-based architectural building surveying and project management consultancy firm, on the sale of the business to Diskin Capital, a firm of investment founded by former Leeds Rhinos RLFC player Matt Diskin.

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The team has now recruited two young contractors to join its ranks. Ben Brydges joined as an assistant manager of a Big Four company, where he spent three and a half years. Also join

the team is Deputy Director James Boreman, after four years in the firm’s audit arm.

Led by partner Peter Terry, head of corporate finance in the North, the team also includes directors Jim Whittaker and Duncan Morpeth, supported by Simon Keppie and John Whitney, as well as specialist financial modeler Jake Troughear.

Mr Whittaker said: ‘After an extended period of uncertainty in 2020 due to the pandemic and also Brexit, we have seen a buoyant trading market all year round.

“With confidence rebounding strongly, transaction activity continues unabated, particularly in select sectors including healthcare, technology, business support services and e-commerce. “

Mr Morpeth added: “Multiple factors drive high activity levels including the weight of private equity seeking to find a home, an abundance of high quality businesses and entrepreneurial management teams seeking investment. to drive the next phase of growth in their businesses and also has capital gains tax increases later this year.

“It’s great to welcome James and Ben to our team as we deliver our strong H2 pipeline.”


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