Deloitte strengthens Transaction Services practice in North of England

31 August 2016

Deloitte has strengthened its Transaction Services practice in the North of England with the promotion of Chris Wildsmith to Partner in Yorkshire and with the return of Harry Horrocks, who takes on a Director role within the firm’s North East practice.

Horrocks has been with Deloitte since 2003, and has, over the years, risen to the rank of Assistant Director within the firm. During the nine years, Horrocks worked in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Service for six years in the UK before moving to Mumbai, India, where he developed and extended the firm’s regional delivery team. Horrocks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Durham.

Horrocks re-join’s the firm’s North East business as Director, he will be responsible for providing regional clients with his specialisms in manufacturing, healthcare and energy and resources.

Harry Horrocks - Chris Wildsmith - Matt Henderson

Wildsmith joined Deloitte in 2000, and he has since worked in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Service. The roles of increasing seniority have, over the past five years, seen Wildsmith focus on due diligence services, working on over 80 transactions. In 2011, Wildsmith spent four months at NBNK Investments as a Secondee. Wild smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of Liverpool and is a Financial Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Wildsmith will continue to support Deloitte’s regional clients from Leeds, now as a Partner.

Matt Henderson, Financial Advisory Transaction Services Partner at Deloitte, says about the re-appointment, "Harry’s return to the UK provides us with an opportunity to continue to provide outstanding client service in the North East M&A market, with Harry on the ground focusing on servicing local, entrepreneurial businesses, and is a commitment to the continued growth of the team in the North East.” Commenting on the promotion, he says, “The promotion for Chris is a credit to his hard work and focus on client service and reflects the strength and eminence of our financial services team across both regions.”

With the two senior additions, Henderson says that Deloitte is well positioned to support clients with end-to-end M&A and transaction support services, ranging from acquisitions (e.g. valuations and due diligence), divestments, carve-outs, equity/debt management and restructuring. "The strength that Deloitte possesses in financial advisory is significant in the North, both in the number of senior advisers, but also the breadth of experience across the team. We are committed to providing a full service offering at a local level for our clients, which provides expertise on their doorstep with truly global reach and experience.”

Earlier this year Deloitte hired private equity expert Mo Habbas, a former A.T. Kearney consultant, from Alvarez & Marsal, and poached Mark Howard from rival PwC, where he worked for almost 20 years.


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