EY continues to grow its transactions team as deal activity increases

Pictured are Ben Coggin, Louise Smith, Jason Kenneally and Mark Allcroft

EY has made two appointments and several promotions to further grow its Transaction Support team in Yorkshire and the North East, underlining its commitment to building its deals business in the region.

Louise Smith has been promoted to director, having been a key member of the Transaction Support team for 12 years. Louise, who recently completed a secondment at Manchester Airport Group and assisted on the sale of Bournemouth Airport, has worked on deals in Yorkshire and the North East and across the UK, with particular strengths in industrial and building products and also capital markets.

Ben Coggin and Jason Kenneally have both joined as assistant directors.

It is a welcome back to Yorkshire for Ben who, having spent the early part of his career with EY in Leeds, has relocated back to Yorkshire from EY’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team in London. Ben brings with him significant experience of TMT sector transactions and divestiture advisory services.

Jason has strong relationships across the region having worked in and around the Yorkshire deals market for five years, and has cross-sector experience on buy-side, sell-side and refinancing due diligence assignments, as well as working on capital market transactions such as IPOs for local corporates to multinational PLCs. Jason’s focus will be on mid-market private equity, a buoyant part of the deals market..

The wider Transaction Support team continues to grow and develop with Tom Holroyde being promoted to manager, Fiona Godfrey being promoted to executive following the award winning completion of her professional exams, the internal recruitment of Auryn Jones from the audit practice, as well as a new graduate Fiona Sopp, starting recently.

In January, EY appointed partner Mark Allcroft as its new head of Transaction Support for Yorkshire and the North East. Mark, who previously spent 18 years at KPMG, relocated back to Sheffield with his family, having lived in London for the last 13 years.

Mark said: “I really am delighted by the progress we’ve made in the local market in such a short space of time both with our clients and in our ability to attract talent such as Ben and Jason. Both are full of energy, enthusiasm and bring wealth of experience to the team, having worked on many high profile transactions regionally and across the UK.

“The promotions of Louise, Tom and Fiona are pleasing for me personally – each is thoroughly deserved and reflects their commitment to growing our business, being present in the market and the excellent client work they’ve delivered over the last six months. Each of them have a great deal to be proud of and I look forward to seeing them flourish in the months and years ahead.”


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