BDO makes key hires to build Northern UK team

25 January 2018

Mike Clarke, Chris Cumber and Andrew Kopciowski have joined BDO’s Northern M&A practice. The consulting firm has seen its headcount expand rapidly over recent years, as it seeks to meet growing demand from clients in the North of England.

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has revealed that it has grown the headcount of its Northern M&A practice by 40% in the past year. The firm has been working to expand its intake on all fronts across the UK, as clients have sought advice on an uncertain future, bracing themselves for life after Brexit. M&A in particular has seen high levels of investment in the UK, thanks in part to the lowered value of the Pound, so higher numbers of businesses have brought in consultants to oversee prospective deals.

Building on this, BDO has hired three new members to boost its M&A practice, based in the North of England. Mike Clarke, returns to BDO following two years at BGF, the UK’s most active growth capital investor. He rejoins BDO as a Director to provide hands-on support to businesses looking for development capital of up to £10 million from private equity, VCT funds or traditional debt.Chris Cumber, Mike Clarke & Andrew KopciowskiAt BGF, Clarke made investments into ambitious mid-market companies across the region, working with businesses in a range of sectors. He has particular experience in the leisure industry, including high-profile deals such as restaurant and deli chain Filmore & Union and Coppergreen Developments, the owner and operator of Woodland Lakes Lodges and the Piperdam Resort and Spa. In his role as lead of the investment process, he also attended board meetings post-deal, adding value gained from his M&A and financial experience to the owners of portfolio companies and helping them reach their goals. Prior to this, Clarke spent over eight years at BDO, during which time he advised on the sale of La Tasca to Casual Dining Group. 

Commenting on his return to the firm, Mike Clarke said, “The BDO northern M&A team is going from strength-to-strength, growing headcount by 40 per cent last year and completing a consistent flow of quality deals. Our region is home to a lot of great management teams who can take advantage of the abundance of capital in the market currently looking for a home. It is a great time to be raising equity investment, whether it is to de-risk, fund working capital or make acquisitions. My appointment brings a re-energised focus on development capital deals and reinforces BDO’s commitment to mid-sized businesses.”

At the same time, Clarke is joined by fellow new hires Chris Cumber and Andrew Kopciowski. Cumber joins the Manchester office as a Senior Manager from Brabners where he was a Corporate Finance Senior Executive in its Liverpool office. Kopciowski moves over to the M&A practice as Corporate Finance Executive, having already been employed by BDO at the firm’s Audit practice. 

Jason Whitworth, partner at BDO said of the new appointments, “The M&A team has had a stand-out year and our continued investment and success is testament to our entrepreneurial and ambitious clients across the north. We will continue to look to increase our capabilities across our Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool offices to cover the Northern region.”


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.