Corporate

Grant Thornton appoints new Head of Corporate Finance Advisory

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has appointed Andy Morgan as its new Head of Corporate Finance Advisory, replacing Ali Sharifi who has led the team for the past two years.

Andy joined Grant Thornton as a Lead Advisory Partner in 2012. He has significant experience across the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector, advising on a number of high profile and cross border transactions. Andy has a particular focus on Software and IT Services and FinTech; and works with a range of clients including large multi-nationals, mid-sized corporates, entrepreneurs and private equity firms, across a variety of sectors. Andy brings significant leadership experience to the role, in managing and building both sector and regional corporate finance business in the UK.

The appointment comes off the back of a record year for the team, in which it completed transactions worth in excess of £1billion and grew revenues by more than a quarter in 2015/16. The year saw the team advise on a number of notable deals, including the sale of Tastecard & Gourmet Society to Bridgepoint.

Grant Thornton has also recently announced a number of Partner promotions within the team, demonstrating its continued investment in this area. These include Richard Goldsack who leads the firm's Advisory offering in the North and Keely Woodley and Usman Malik in London, amongst others.

Commenting on his appointment Andy Morgan said "Over the last few years, our corporate finance advisory team has gone from strength to strength. We provide a distinctive offering to our clients and continue to increase both our market share and the size and complexity of the deals we advise on. As a firm we have made a commitment to playing our role in creating a vibrant economy where both people and business flourish. Helping our clients unlock growth opportunities through M&A in a challenging and uncertain environment is integral to this and has never been more important.

"Following the UK's vote to leave the EU, uncertainty and volatility will more than likely remain key features of the economy for the foreseeable future. However, the market is still very much active, and I am delighted to be leading a team with the skill set to be able to help clients understand what these changes may mean for them and identify the right M&A options to capitalise on."