Business advisory firm expands Midlands corporate finance team

Lucy Fairclough and Harry Walker

Dow Schofield Watts (DSW) has bolstered its newly formed Midlands corporate finance team by appointing Lucy Fairclough as an associate director.

She will operate from the newly-established Leicester office at Gresham Works on Market Street.

This expansion follows the recent establishment of the team, bringing the total number of team members to four.

Fairclough brings over 15 years of experience from her time at PwC and KPMG in London, where she provided advisory services to clients such as INEOS Group, National Australia Bank, and Macquarie Group.

Her tenure at PwC involved working on deals like PFI partnerships and initial public offerings on the UK stock exchange, including a secondment to a regulatory body.

During a career break, she provided consultancy services to a real estate developer and an online retail business, now she will play a key role in advising on various deals, including sales, management buyouts, acquisitions, and equity and debt fundraising, focusing on owner-managed and private equity-backed mid-market businesses.

The Midlands corporate finance team at DSW was established in September by Harry Walker, Fahim Kassam, and Daniel Chouciño, who joined from FRP Corporate Finance.

Currently situated in Leicester and Nottingham, the team plans to expand further within the region in the future.

Fairclough said: “I’m delighted to have returned to the Midlands. It’s where I started my career and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my network and being part of DSW in the region. Being able to work with the highly credible team of Harry, Fahim and Daniel was a key attraction together with the strength of the DSW Network and its extensive capabilities.”

Harry Walker said: “We are pleased to welcome Lucy to the team. Her exceptional track record and complementary skillsets will further strengthen our offer to clients and our local presence. It’s been an exciting few months for us and we’re looking forward to continuing the growth of our team and offering in the near future.”