Yorkshire Bank has strengthened its support for new and existing corporate banking customers in Yorkshire and the North East of England with the appointment of a new acquisition finance director to its business and private banking team in Leeds.
Charlie Barker joins from Deloitte where he spent 11 years, eight of which were in the corporate finance advisory team.
Charlie has gained significant experience working on a range of M&A transactions in both the private equity and corporate arenas.
In the last 12 months he has advised HgCapital and Zenith management on the buyout of Zenith and Leasedrive, and also LDC on their significant investment in Express Engineering.
He also advised Fastflow Group on their acquisition of DW Contractors.
Charlie’s appointment underlines Yorkshire Bank’s continued focus on Acquisition Finance in a financial year which has seen the team support EMIS Group plc’s acquisition of Ascribe, the MBO of Fine Industries alongside NorthEdge and Simply Biz’s acquisition of Staffcare.
Dan Rosinke, head of corporate banking for Yorkshire Bank in the east of England, said: “The addition of Charlie to our team reinforces our commitment to support growing corporates and the acquisition finance market in Yorkshire and the North East of England.
“Market conditions are improving and many businesses are taking advantage of increased confidence and activity to invest and ready themselves for a period of consistent growth.
“Our recent experience points to a buoyant leveraged market with increased deal flow in recent months.”