KPMG in the UK has announced the appointment of seven new partners to its Deal Advisory practice, cementing a year in which the firm advised on significant projects on behalf of clients including RBS, Mothercare and Statkraft.
The appointments include the arrival of Amber Dupont-Liot, who joins KPMG from EY to head up the firm’s Deal Origination team, and the promotion of six directors to partner.
Sanjay Thakkar, head of Deal Advisory for KPMG in the UK said: “I’m excited to welcome these phenomenally talented individuals to our Deal Advisory partnership, who together epitomise the strength in depth that we have across our deals business in the UK. From advising on large multinational cross-border transactions and high profile IPOs, to infrastructure funds and private equity deals, our team has advised on some of the most significant transactions in the market.
“This brings the number of new partners we’ve brought into our deals business over the last twelve months to 15. This investment, coupled with our investments in deals technology and data tools, is a clear statement of intent that we will keep growing our business and winning in the market, helping our clients to unlock value.
“The core drivers behind the M&A market - a cocktail of cheap debt, low yield, market and technological disruption and geopolitical shifts - continue to permeate the environment. And while we can’t discount the impact of continued geopolitical uncertainty on confidence as we head into 2019, we certainly foresee opportunity and busy times ahead.”
Notes to Editors – KPMG’s new Deal Advisory Partners:
Mandeep Baura is an insurance sector specialist with a particular focus on the growing insurance distribution market. Mandeep joined KPMG in 2001 in the firm’s financial services audit practice, gaining experience in the banking, treasury and leasing markets. He recently returned to London following a six year secondment to the firm’s Sydney office where he advised on transactions spanning the Life and Non-Life Insurance, Insurance Distribution, Wealth and Fintech sectors.
Amber Dupont-Liot joins KPMG as a Partner leading the firm’s Origination practice within Deal Advisory, where she will lead multi-disciplinary cross-border teams for buy-side and sell-side transactions on behalf of private equity firms. Ms. Dupont-Liot has over 22 years of transaction experience, having previously worked extensively in corporate finance roles both in the UK and the US.
Shelley Reader has been advising clients for the past 20 years in the deal space, across many asset classes including private equity, real estate and infrastructure. She brings this wealth of deal tactics and negotiation experience to bear in co-leading KPMG’s Commercial Deal Negotiation business; working with clients to ensure that they realise the most value that they can from each transaction and ensuring that this is appropriately captured in any transaction documentation.
Helen Roxburgh leads KPMG’s public company M&A offering, having gained significant experience working with and advising public companies during her 16 years with the firm. Recent transactions upon which she’s advised include advising Verint Systems Inc. on its recommended £28m cash offer for eg solutions plc; advising the shareholders of Go Outdoors on the £130m sale to JD Sports Fashion plc; and acting as financial adviser to Nippon Koei Co., Ltd, in relation to its £260m public offer for Hyder Consulting PLC.
Manuel Sammut heads up Business & Tech-Enabled Services M&A for KPMG’s Corporate Finance business, driving the practice out of the London Region M&A team. This is a significant sector for the firm in the UK encompassing sub-sectors such as IT and Tech-Enabled Services, Software & Services, Professional Services, Human Capital, Building Services, PropTech and Infrastructure Services. He returned to KPMG at the start of 2017 after spending 11 years as an M&A investment banker.
After an 11 year career with KPMG, Nick Taylor has been appointed partner in the firm’s Birmingham office. Nick focuses on M&A activity across the Midlands, particularly in the automotive, infrastructure and property sectors, and works closely with automotive supply chain and OEMs on their corporate activities, and real estate investors, developers and housebuilders. Nick recently undertook a secondment to the office of Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, where he advised on regional funding and investment. Prior to joining KPMG, he was an England international hockey player.
Completing the suite of promotions is Nick Wansbury, who has worked in Transaction Services for 13 years and is part of KPMG’s consumer markets team based in London. He has been focussed on the consumer sector for over 10 years, advising multinational firms including Mars, Ajinomoto and Asahi on their transaction strategies. He was seconded to Beijing between August 2011 and September 2013, during which time he worked for a wide range of state-owned and private Chinese companies making foreign acquisitions along with Japanese, US and European clients entering or expanding in China.
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