David relishes fresh mission at Clearwater

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Clearwater Corporate Finance has strengthened its international expertise with the recruitment of David Ford as a director, with a remit to manage disposals, acquisitions and deal support.

Ford, aged 38, joined Clearwater’s London office from another corporate finance boutique where he worked primarily on sale mandates for privately-owned firms.

He has four years’ experience as a corporate finance adviser, following several senior operational management roles, with firms including Renishaw plc, across Europe and the Far East in sectors including precision engineering and instrumentation. He was also UK managing director of a telecoms software start-up.

Significant recent deals Ford has worked on include the sale of Price Tools in Birmingham to BSS Group plc, and the disposal of Electrocontrols to Watts Water Technologies.

Commenting on his appointment, Ford says: “I joined Clearwater because they have a well-founded reputation as a dynamic and enthusiastic team who are keen to grow and make the most of opportunities. This was resoundingly endorsed when I talked with lawyers, private equity and other contacts, all of whom rated Clearwater as a dynamic and very innovative firm.”

Clearwater partner Marc Gillespie added: “I am confident that Clearwater’s niche expertise and strong commitment to deal origination will be substantially enhanced by David’s abilities as an accomplished corporate finance adviser, together with his international business management experience in a number of technology-based sectors.”

Ford gained an MBA at INSEAD at Fontainebleau in France, after gaining an MSc (Eng) and a first class degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Birmingham University.

He lives in south west London and interests include windsurfing, wakeboarding, scuba-diving and skiing and has recently taken up kiteboarding.”