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DSW hires Smith as corporate finance director

UK advisory and equity finance firm Dow Schofield Watts has named David Smith as a corporate finance director. Previously, Smith was an investment director at the North West Fund for digital and creative.


Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Cheshire and Leeds, is delighted to announce the appointment of David Smith as a Corporate Finance Director in Daresbury.

David Smith qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has 25 years’ experience of equity investing and lead advisory corporate finance, working in venture capital and private equity.

Most recently he was the investment director at the North West Fund for Digital & Creative and has extensive experience in investing and corporate finance, specialising particularly in software, IT services and media. He has worked in venture capital, stockbroking and corporate finance with companies including 3i and KPMG. He has supported many software, IT services, creative and media companies from early stage funding through to IPO or sale.

Commenting on his arrival, James Dow, founding partner of Dow Schofield Watts said: “David will bring a wealth of valuable knowledge and experience to our business and we look forward to welcoming him to DSW Corporate Finance and in due course to PHD. He has a truly exceptional range of skills and experience and his appointment continues to differentiate DSW as probably the leading provider of experienced corporate finance advice outside of London. He is a great addition to an already outstanding team.”

About Dow Schofield Watts
Dow Schofield Watts is a prominent independent advisory business which for over a decade has delivered a partner-led corporate finance service across diverse industries. A talented team of 50 professionals, based in offices in the North West and North East of England, provide a broad range of professional services, including corporate finance, transaction services, business recovery, management and strategy, VAT advisory, and forensic services.

About PHD Equity Partners
PHD Equity Partners LLP, the fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group, manages two private equity funds of a combined £25million, raised from high net worth individuals. PHD Equity Partners invests in smaller established growing UK businesses with typical enterprise values of up to £10million. It provides investments of between £1 million and £4 million for partial equity release, growth or development capital, management buy-outs (MBO) or management buy-ins (MBI), acquisition financings and replacement capital.