BDO boosts corporate finance team in the North West

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has bolstered its growing corporate finance team with the appointment of Michael Bradbury. He joins following the appointment of nine additional people to the team so far this year to service the demand from corporates and private equity investors as the deal market continues to pick up speed in the North West.

M&A assistant director Michael Bradbury spent seven years at TMG Corporate Finance, before holding in-house M&A and strategic finance roles at CorpAcq Plc, a Manchester-based investment company, and more recently at AIM listed GB Group Plc.

Having completed more than 40 transactions, he has significant experience across a range of sectors, most notably manufacturing and construction, in both domestic and international markets.

Ruth Percival, partner and head of M&A at BDO in the North West, said: “As the deal market continues to pick up speed and with 70% of our transactions involving international targets, it’s important for us to stay ahead of the curve and attract some of the best talent the North West has to offer.

“Corporates and private equity investors want quality advisers on their doorstep; people that understand their industry and have the expertise to guide them through the next stage of growth, whether that be in domestic or international markets.  Michael and all our new people offer exactly that and we’re delighted to have them on board.”

This year BDO’s M&A and Transaction Services teams have advised Thomas Cook on the disposal of its corporate travel business, the £90m sale of Eurocamp, £62m disposal of e-cig company Ten Motives, Bglobal’s disposal of Utiligroup, the PE-backed MBO of Gusto and sale of Learoyd Packaging and most recently Piper’s private equity investment in Hickory’s Smokehouse.

The team also continues to advise Fishawack on its buy and build strategy, which has seen the medical communications agency complete three deals in the last year. As a result of the work the Manchester team has done with Fishawack, BDO has been shortlisted for ‘Corporate Finance Team of the Year’ at the British Accountancy Awards 2014, which will be held in London later this month.