New M & A partner to target mid cap PLC advisory market

James Lewis

RSM has appointed James Lewis as an M&A partner in its corporate finance practice.

James joins RSM from Deloitte where he jointly led the firm’s PLC M&A advisory team. Prior to that, he held advisory and M&A positions at both Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. In his career to date, he has completed over 45 deals worth in excess of £14bn including buyside and sellside M&A transactions, public offers, debt for equity swaps and capital market mandates.

In his new role, James will support an expansion of RSM’s advisory proposition with a specific focus on M&A advisory services to mid-market PLCs. He will also assist the team on M&A transactions involving private companies and private equity firms.

With 16 years’ experience in UK M&A advisory work, James has significant transaction experience as well as an in-depth understanding of M&A regulation and practical experience of helping clients navigate the requirements of the UK Takeover Code. He is also a member of the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty’s Technical Committee and Takeover Code Consultation Review Committee.

Rob Donaldson, head of corporate finance at RSM said:

‘RSM currently has a highly successful M&A advisory team in the UK but historically our offering has been more weighted towards privately owned companies. We plan to expand our services to PLCs and James’ experience will be invaluable in helping us achieve our objective.

‘James has an extensive network across the mid-market including corporates, lawyers, brokers and other market participants and is well respected among the board level decision makers he advises. His skills and experience will complement those in our existing corporate finance practice and I’m delighted to welcome him to the team.’

RSM’s corporate finance team provides specialist advice to private and public mid-market businesses. The team has specialist advisers across M&A and private equity, capital markets, due diligence, financial modelling and PLC advisory, and has collectively advised on over 1,100 transactions in the last five years.