Major growth for Clearwater deal origination and research team

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Clearwater Corporate Finance has appointed two new research analysts to further develop its capacity for deal creation and innovation.

The recruitment of London-based Vicky Mellor and Emma Leathley, operating from Clearwater’s Manchester office, brings the firm’s deal origination and research team up to 10 across the UK.

The appointments are part of Clearwater’s strategy of building on its hard-won reputation as an instigator of major transactions, both in the UK and internationally.

Constantine Biller, head of research and deal origination, commented: “Our deal origination and research team provides a valuable point of difference with our competitors, as well as giving our clients access to inside knowledge on strategic partners, whether acquiring, seeking capital, or divesting.

“A number of recent deals – including the £22 million development capital package for North West-based Sure Maintenance and the management buy-out of United Agri Products (which simultaneously acquired French-based Phyto Service SAS) – came about as a direct result of our ability to identify and interact with senior decision-makers looking to make strategic acquisitions.”

Vicky Mellor, aged 37, joins Clearwater from Livingstone Guarantee where she worked since 1998 after previously working at HSBC Investment Bank. She has a masters in information science from City University (London).

Vicky’s new role involves researching potential buyers and targets in a client facing, hands-on environment. “I joined Clearwater because I was excited by the prospect of working with one of the UK’s fastest growing corporate finance advisory firms, in a job that requires creative interaction with clients,” said Vicky, who lives in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Recruited from executive search & selection business Armstrong Craven, where she was an account manager, Emma Leathley’s appointment at Clearwater marks a welcome return to corporate finance work.

She got her first taste of the deals market at accountant Grant Thornton, before leaving to travel round the world for 12 months.

Emma, aged 27, from Whalley Range, Manchester, has also worked for ABN Amro as a corporate finance researcher.

Like Vicky’s, Emma’s responsibilities at Clearwater include researching potential acquirers and targets in a role that involves creative contact with clients.

“I believe Clearwater has an exceptionally strong market presence, and am very impressed by the way in which client-facing research is integral to innovative and imaginative deal-doing,” said Emma. She has a masters degree in information management from Manchester Metropolitan University and a degree in English from Leeds University.