Sophie Colloby, one of Yorkshire’s leading due diligence specialists, has joined Dow Schofield Watts as a Partner in Leeds.
Sophie, who joins from EY, will further strengthen its transaction services team, which is now one of the most experienced teams of its type in the region.
With a career spanning almost 20 years, she has experience advising on a wide range of industries and deal types with a particular focus on helping businesses to prepare for a sale. Sophie has advised many blue-chip businesses in Yorkshire and Humber including food manufacturer Cranswick and construction materials firm Marshalls, and been involved in some of the region’s biggest deals including the $2bn sale of TV technology company Pace. She started her career at Arthur Andersen and worked with Centrica before joining EY.
She said: “The current availability of capital and relatively low cost of borrowing is driving a strong demand for quality businesses. However, for vendors to maximise the opportunity pre-sale preparation is key, with quality sell-side due diligence pre-empting and addressing buyers’ concerns and highlighting value creation opportunities.”
Rob McCarthy, who leads Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services in the region, said: “Sophie’s appointment underlines our commitment to the Yorkshire and North East market and reinforces our role as one of the region’s most experienced due diligence teams.
“In an uncertain business climate, experience counts more than ever. Senior advisers who can work quickly, and understand the complex issues and scenarios can help businesses and investors react to change and achieve value creation.”