Dow Schofield Watts promotes two to associate director

Dow Schofield Watts has promoted Keith Benson and Gregg Pendlington to associate director. Benson joined Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance in 2012 while Pendlington first came to the firm in 2013 from Haines Watts where he worked as a corporate finance partner.


Dow Schofield Watts, the leading specialist professional advisory and equity finance firm, have recognized the outstanding contribution by two of its team in the North West office, announcing two promotions

Keith Benson and Gregg Pendlington have been promoted to Associate Director.

Keith Benson, a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the London School of Economics joined Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance in 2012. Since then Keith has provided advice on a broad range of transactions, covering both buy and sell-side advisory, private equity and raising of senior, mezzanine and equity funding. His recent transactions include the sale of PROjEN to Capita plc, advising on fund-raising for Goldshield Electronic Security and the £15 million refinancing of a leading personal finance and insolvency company.

Gregg Pendlington joined Dow Schofield Watts from Haines Watts where he was a Corporate Finance Partner, in 2013. Since joining Gregg has advised on a number of high profile deals including the acquisition of Collectica by Marston Group (from Serco plc), the £36m secondary MBO of Character World by Palatine Private Equity and the £63m refinancing of Marston Group by Five Arrows Credit Solutions, a fund managed by the Rothschild Group.

James Dow, founding partner of Dow Schofield Watts, said: “Both Keith and Gregg have clearly illustrated their ability to add real value to both our business and more significantly to our clients. These promotions are in recognition of their rapid development within our business and outstanding contribution to client service, which continues to differentiate Dow Schofield Watts.

About Dow Schofield Watts
Dow Schofield Watts with offices in the North West and North East of England, provides 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 LLP
PHD Equity Partners LLP, the fund management arm of the Dow Schofield Watts Group, has recently reached a first close of £16.5 million on its second private equity fund which has a target size of £25million. PHD Equity Partners invests in smaller established growing UK businesses with typical enterprise values of up to £10million, providing equity cheques of up to £4million.