Clearwater Corporate Finance expands its deal origination and research capabilities


Clearwater Corporate Finance has announced the appointment of two new research analysts – Louise Wetherhill and Harminder Rai to its team – together with a promotion for Perri Williamson-Blakey.

This now brings Clearwater’s deal origination and research team up to seven covering the UK.

Clearwater is the UK’s largest independent corporate finance house focusing exclusively on mid-market transactions up to £100 million. Since its creation via its own Management Buy-Out earlier this year it has handled over £140 million worth of deals.

A key Clearwater strength and one that it is rapidly becoming recognised for, is its ability to initiate transactions, both in the UK and internationally. Its market leading team of analysts and deal originators are drawn from a range of market sectors and backgrounds.

Andy Moore, partner with Clearwater commented; “They provide a real differentiation for our business and access for clients to inside knowledge on strategic partners to suit their circumstances whether acquiring, seeking capital or divesting.”

Louise Wetherhill (26) joins Clearwater in Birmingham as a research analyst from the London Stock Exchange where she had responsibility for Yorkshire and North East quoted companies.

She has also worked for Brewin Dolphin Corporate Finance where she assisted on a wide range of transactions. She sees her new role as a fantastic opportunity to utilise her skills and to develop her career further.

Joining the Nottingham team deal origination team is Harminder Rai (22). Rai has worked in corporate finance for over four years and has already been instrumental in initiating transactions for Clearwater.

Perri Williamson-Blakey (28) has been promoted to research analyst and originally joined Clearwater in Nottingham from BDO Stoy Hayward. She too will be responsible for handling the in-depth research and market analysis for merger and acquisition assignments. She is actively working on the identification of, and interaction with acquisitive companies and corporate decision makers across the world.

Moore added; “Two recent deals; the sale of Tulchan Group (which trades through its divisions ‘Jumpers’ and ‘Sock Shop’) to Harris Watson Holdings and the £13 million sale of Northamptonshire-based AIMS Group to Alfred McAlpine plc, are excellent examples of Clearwater setting the standard for deal origination in the mid market.

“Both these deals came about due to our ability to identify and interact with senior decision makers looking to make strategic acquisitions.”