Rob aims to get in the swim at Clearwater


Clearwater Corporate Finance has boosted its UK deal origination and research team to eight with the appointment of Rob Lord to its Manchester office.

Clearwater – the UK’s largest independent corporate finance house – is increasingly distinguishing itself in the marketplace through its ability to initiate UK and overseas transactions. Its market leading team of analysts and deal originators are drawn from a range of market sectors and backgrounds.

As a deal originator Rob, aged 26, from Bolton, will identify businesses across the UK which need corporate finance advice. He will also perform a marketing role.

He joins Clearwater from the Manchester office of accountancy recruitment firm Nicholas Andrews, where he recruited accountants into medium to large businesses including GUS, Airtours and BUPA. He also carried out regional business development and marketing work.

Rob’s main interest is music and he is a part-time DJ. “I’m a bit of a vinyl junkie and have hundreds of old discs. I’ve been collecting house music for years and combine this interest with DJing at bars and clubs in the Manchester area,” he said.

Mike Reeves, partner with Clearwater said: “Our analysts and deal originators 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.”

Reeves added: “Two recent deals led out of Manchester; the sale of Tulchan Group (which trades through its divisions ‘Jumpers’ and ‘Sock Shop’) to Harris Watson Holdings and the £13 million sale of 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.”

Created through a Management Buy-Out last year, Clearwater has completed 26 deals worth over £450 million.