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Baker Tilly expands corporate finance team following hat-trick of deal completions

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Baker Tilly has expanded its Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire following a strong first quarter which has seen the firm close three high profile deals.

Robert Atkinson and James Atkinson, both of whom joined the firm as graduate trainees in 2011, have been appointed Associates in Baker Tilly’s Corporate Finance team in Leeds.

Robert will work in the firm’s transactions services team providing financial due diligence and advice to private equity houses, banks and acquisitive corporates, while James becomes a member of the lead advisory team working on mergers and acquisitions and management buyouts.

The new additions follow an intensive period of activity for Baker Tilly’s Corporate Finance team in Yorkshire, who closed three deals in the first quarter – Canadian firm Central Wire Industries’ acquisition of Rotherham-based Hempel Wire Limited, the acquisition of Hull-based software company Axida Limited by Paragon Software Systems plc and Capita’s acquisition of BCS Design in Leeds.

As a result of its strong start to the year, Baker Tilly was ranked fourth in Experian’s list of most active financial advisers in Yorkshire and the Humber in the first quarter.

Jim Whittaker, Corporate Finance Partner at Baker Tilly in Leeds said: “The imminent election doesn’t seem to have affected the M&A market in Yorkshire in the slightest.

“The deal pipeline remains strong, and I’m delighted to be welcoming Robert and James to the team. I look forward to continued transaction and investment activity over the coming year.”

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James Atkinson (seated left) and Robert Atkinson (seated right) with members of Baker Tilly’s Corporate Finance team in Leeds

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