Clearwater International selects Greg Cant to lead financial services

13 January 2023 2 min. read
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Greg Cant has joined Clearwater International as the firm’s new Head of Financial Services. He brings more than three decades of experience to the role.

Clearwater International is a professional services firm focusing on providing corporate finance advice for mid-market transactions including M&A, private equity, debt advisory and restructuring services. The business has 16 offices and more than 350 staff across Europe, North America and Asia.

As it looks to grow in 2023, the firm is intensifying its investment in the high-growth financial services market. This has seen it appoint Greg Cant as Partner and Head of Financial Services.

Greg Cant, Partner, Clearwater International

Mark Taylor, UK CEO of Clearwater International, said, “Greg has unparalleled experience across a wide range of transactions in this market and brings a valuable ‘in-house’ perspective from his time working for a major listed banking group. His leadership will help us build on the platform we’ve established in financial services and ensure even more management teams and investors can access crucial, high-quality insight and advice from our sector experts.”

Cant joins Clearwater’s office in Leeds and his arrival will further strengthen its 15-strong team and coverage in Yorkshire, one of the UK’s key regions for the financial services industry. Established in 2020, just before the onset of the pandemic, the Leeds office has gone from strength-to-strength under the leadership of Partner Richard Goldsack. In the last twelve months the team has collectively advised on 11 deals with a combined value of more than €800 million.

The presence of Cant aims to build on this momentum, bringing on board 30 years of mid-market corporate finance experience, including 21 years at Rothschild & Co, where he worked on more than 50 transactions spanning acquisitions, disposals, fund raisings and IPOs.

Most recently, Cant was Chief of Staff and Director of Corporate Finance and Development at specialist FTSE 250 banking group Provident Financial and was involved in the successful defence of Non-Standard Finance’s £1.3 billion hostile bid in 2019. In his new role with Clearwater, he will focus on leading the financial services sector team, strengthening the firm’s relationships with private equity and corporate clients, and transacting across a range of deals within the industry. 

Speaking on his new position, Cant noted, “I’m proud to be joining at such an exciting time with the business continuing to extend and develop its capabilities across territories, sectors and areas such as ESG. Clearwater’s performance over the last few years speaks for itself and evidences the strength of its track record and reputation for delivery, particularly when it comes to complex, sizeable deals with sophisticated funding requirements. I’m looking forward to collaborating with colleagues in the international Financial Services team, Debt Advisory team and in the rapidly growing Leeds office to drive further success in 2023 and beyond.”