Our multi-award winning corporate finance team has consistently been ranked as one of the UK’s most active dealmakers. We apply original thinking, proactive management, creative fundraising arrangements and innovative solutions to meet any and all challenges a transaction may expose.
The corporate finance team support corporates, management teams, business owners and investors across a broad variety of sectors. Specialising in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, business disposals and raising finance our team is on hand from transaction conception through to completion. Our strong relationships within banking, private equity, alternative finance and law firms enables the team to provide timely solutions regardless of complexity.
We have significant experience performing due diligence on businesses that range in size and complexity across a range of sectors, both nationally and in cross-border transactions. This includes reporting to corporate acquirers, debt and equity partners, joint venture funders as well as undertaking vendor due diligence. We do not approach due diligence as just a compliance exercise but rather as a way to uncover areas that a management team may not be aware of and help to save significant costs through a transaction.
Our specialist energy and infrastructure corporate finance team provide a complete financial advisory service to the renewable energy sector, with experienced senior corporate finance experts alongside leading tax advisory, wealth management and due diligence specialists. We have advised on all the major commercially viable energy technologies including: Onshore wind, Floating offshore wind, solar PV, geothermal, hydro electric, energy and waste and storage and peaking power.
We were very pleased with the PKF teams that provided financial & tax due diligence and tax structuring advice on the MBO of 4Wood TV & Film. Throughout the process, the PKF team members demonstrated their willingness to go the extra mile to support us through the transaction, adapting to changing timelines, working efficiently and collaboratively with the management team to minimise disruption to the business’ underlying operations, and bringing a commercial perspective which is always incredibly value in a PE process. PKF’s high quality and focussed reports added significant value to our transaction and process, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
PKF Francis Clark were key to supporting our acquisition of Beauty Flash, providing due diligence services on GSL, Beauty Flash and GRG for the purposes of obtaining funding from Connection Capital. The approach taken to carry out due diligence, and the flexibility to report under pressure, helped us meet the required deadlines on an important transaction for us.
PKF were appointed by our principal funder to undertake very detailed financial due diligence work on Prima Bakeries Ltd and the acquisition target, Cornish Premier Pasties Ltd. At first this appeared very daunting due to the size and scope of the work involved. However, Sam Phillips and his team very skilfully broke the work down into bite-size chunks, which allowed us to fully understand what they needed. Despite a short deadline, they were very patient and thorough and were friendly and professional at all times.
“I have had the pleasure of working with the Francis Clark M&A team a number of times and specifically at times when we were undertaking an MBO and an AIM listing. Quite simply they take the grief out of what can be stressful situations by providing a very real understanding of the challenge thereby delivering excellent advice and clear options while they manage the process competently and securely. They are the best that I have worked with.”
“The whole family were very pleased with the teams at PKF Francis Clark in the way they handled the complex negotiations involved, as it was a very good deal for both parties, and, I have to say, we always felt like we were in very safe hands with the whole team of advisors.“
“PKF Francis Clark was there every step to help us through what they made feel like a stress-free deal. Their expertise and professionalism excelled throughout the deal and they carried out a large amount of work behind the scenes enabling us to continue to run a very busy business. It was a pleasure to work with them and I would not hesitate in recommending PKF Francis Clark.”
“You’ve done so much more than just making it happen, you’ve also steered the process in such a way as to give the business the very best chance of success. When this all started it was not at all clear how the deal could be structured in order to give us both the control that we were seeking and the financial backing that the business needed. Now we find ourselves with each of these objectives fully met and we are both very grateful for that. You said at the start that you’d be available at any time that we needed to speak to you personally or to any member of your team and you’ve been true to that promise all the way through.”
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A global distributor of collectable sports cards, board games and other hobby-related supplies has acquired UK-based competitor Bliss Distribution. PKF Francis Clark supported Peachstate Hobby Distribution (PHD), one…
Connection Capital, the specialist private client alternative investments business, has completed a £6.4 million investment in the management buyout (MBO) of 4Wood TV & Film Ltd, one of…
PKF Francis Clark has strengthened its corporate finance offering in Bristol with several recent appointments. Nathan Holland has joined from EY as a manager in the transaction services…