Grant Thornton has promoted Keely Woodley and Usman Malik to the level of Partner. Both corporate finance experts are based in the firm’s London (Finsbury Square) office.
Keely Woodley has been with Grant Thornton since May 2005, when she joined the accounting and consulting firm from investment manager 3i. Over the past years she has progressed through the ranks, being appointed Director in 2014. Woodley specialises in business support services, specifically the recruitment sector and has expanded her footprint into training, education and consultancy businesses. Keely serves as the head of Grant Thornton’s National Recruitment Sector Team and is responsible for initiating and leading transactions for clients, including buyside, sell side and refinancing solutions.
Usman Malik has been with the company for over fourteen years and is the head of the National Facilities Management Sector Team. He specialises in buy and sell side transactions with a particular focus on the business services sector and sub sectors of hard & soft facilities management, legal services and membership companies. Usman has vast experience advising a wide range of companies including PLC's, privately owned businesses and private equity firms.
Both Woodley and Malik operate within Grant Thornton’s Business Support Services Industry Group, the unit that houses the firm’s corporate finance, transaction services, restructuring and debt advisory offerings, among others.
Commenting on their promotions, Marc Summers, Industry Leader for Business Support Services, at Grant Thornton UK, says: "These appointments demonstrate our continued, significant investment in this key sector. We have developed a strong position in the market and this move will further cement our place and, through their combined leadership, experience and dedication, allow us to continue to offer a quality service to our clients and unlock sustainable growth in dynamic organisations.”