Dow Schofield Watts adds to team with new hire

Dow Schofield Watts has hired Peter Barkley as a corporate finance executive. Previously, Barkley worked in the M&A department at BDO LLP.


Dow Schofield Watts, the specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm based in Cheshire and Leeds, have strengthened their Corporate Finance team with the appointment of Peter Barkley as a Corporate Finance Executive in Daresbury, with effect from 29th June 2015.

Peter is the latest specialist to join the firm, which also has expanding teams who provide VAT services, due diligence, forensic accounting and business recovery services.

After completing a BSc in Accountancy at Hull University, Peter then undertook his ICAEW Chartered Accountancy qualification with BDO LLP.

Peter joins directly from BDO LLP, having worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department in the Manchester office, where he was involved in the provision of both sell side and buy side advisory and related services to both public and private businesses across a wide spectrum of industries.

Commenting on his arrival, James Dow, founding partner of Dow Schofield Watts said: “Our corporate finance business continues to develop in terms of deal volumes and complexity leading to a continued requirement for first class professionals like Peter.

“We will continue to invest in the best people to differentiate our business. Peter’s appointment takes the Corporate Finance team to 17, which I suspect is one of the largest teams in the North of England.”

Established in 2002, the corporate finance arm of Dow Schofield Watts has advised on 154 deals with a combined value of over £2.98 billion and has built an experienced team of 17 senior corporate finance professionals.

Dow Schofield Watts with offices in the North West and North East of England, has a talented team of 42 who provide a broad range of professional services, including corporate finance, transaction services, business recovery, management and strategy, VAT advisory, and forensic services.

PHD Equity Partners LLP is the fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group. PHD invests in smaller established growing UK businesses with typical enterprise values of up to £10million, providing equity cheques of between £1million and £4million. PHD’s latest £20million Fund is backed by high net worth individuals and invests into profitable, cash generative companies with strong management teams and established market positions.