Marc targets a capital team


Nationally acclaimed ‘rainmaker’ Marc Gillespie has become the London lynchpin of Clearwater Corporate Finance’s expansion into the capital.

Marc, aged 47, joins Clearwater from Deloittes Corporate Finance, where he was a partner. Previously, he headed Andersen Corporate Finance in the UK, while earlier in his career Marc was a regional director at 3i, Europe’s largest venture capital company.

As a former Sunday Times ‘Rainmaker of the Year’ and a seasoned deal-doer in London, Marc will spearhead the creation of a powerful Clearwater presence in the South East.

The firm is poised to open a London office and will soon complete the recruitment of other key people to its South East team.

Created through a management buy-out last year, Clearwater is the largest independent corporate finance house in the UK, focusing exclusively on mid-market transactions with a value of up to £100 million. Clearwater has advised on deals with a value of over £400 million since its MBO and currently has offices in Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham.

Phil Burns, joint-managing director at Clearwater, commented: “Marc coming on board will give us an immediate strong presence in the London market and enable us to build our London-based team around an individual with an exceptional track record. Our London office makes us the only independent corporate finance house with complete geographical coverage of the UK, and one of only a few corporate finance teams operating a regional office structure and providing a fully joined-up service.”

Partner, Gillespie added: “I’ve joined Clearwater because their competitive advantage in corporate finance is obvious. They are a committed bunch, imparting quality and experience to deals and their research and deal origination teams set the standard for the mid market. Completing the jigsaw with a London-based team will bring the South East not only a quality provider of advice, but proprietary deal-flow which will add value for our clients.”

Marc is married with two children and lives in Guildford, Surrey. He enjoys clay pigeon shooting, skiing, and the theatre.