Corporate Finance

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. David Morgan, Chairman, Mission Marketing plc

Our multi award winning Corporate Finance team has consistently been ranked as one of the most active deal makers by independent studies such as Experian (UK and Regional) and Western Morning News and was the fastest growing Corporate Finance team in the UK last year. Our team comprises individuals who have worked in industry, banking and equity, on deals throughout Europe, the US and beyond and have advised on hundreds of different types of deals since it was established in 1995. In 2015, our CF team were Awarded Winner of ‘Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year’ in South West Insider Annual Dealmaker Awards 2015 and Matt Willmott, Winner of ‘South West Young Dealmaker of the Year’ in South West Insider Annual Dealmaker Awards 2016.

With three partners and fourteen staff, our dedicated corporate finance team is one of the largest in the country. We apply original thinking, proactive management, creative finance arrangements and innovative solutions to meet any and all challenges a transaction may expose. This has resulted in a very high transaction success rate, ensuring that we not only complete the deal, but complete the right deal for you.

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. You and your team have been helpful and calm throughout and have made the process as easy for us as it could have been. David Robinson, MD, Sutton Seeds

We created the first independent private company valuation database that reflects the underlying valuation of non-public deals across Europe. This tool (PERDa) is now used by HMRC as a standard metric and the underlying data is only available to be used by Francis Clark and other members of the Leading Edge Alliance.

We have undertaken some of the highest profile deals in the UK, including the MBOs of Sutton Seeds, Dartington Crystal and Axminster Carpets. We have specialists in the team covering sectors such as media, food and drink, consumer brands and renewables.

It’s been great working with Francis Clark.  Their expertise and flexible approach was an essential support for me and my fellow directors as we finalised the prospectus.Dave Garland, Founder Member and Chairman, PEC Renewables Ltd

We advise on the whole range of deal types, including:

A variety of guides on the practicalities of undertaking transactions are available including:

  • Management Buyouts
  • Equity Finance
  • Selling your business

To request a copy of these guides, or for more information on how we can help you, please email us at

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Leading Edge Alliance Awards 2013
Taxation Awards 2014
The British Accountancy Awards 2014
South West Insider Annual Dealmaker Awards 2015
South West Insider Annual Dealmaker Awards 2016
Payroll World Awards 2016
ICAEW Chartered Accountants