Corporate finance heavyweight to lead expansion of international accountancy firm in Wales
Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, continues to extend its specialist services across the UK with the appointment of Adrian Godfrey as corporate finance partner for Wales and the South West.
The appointment will see Mazars, which currently has 15 offices in England and Scotland, extend its reach into Wales through a new office in Cardiff.
Adrian, who previously led the corporate finance practice at Haines Watts, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience earned over more than 30 years of working with successful businesses in the capital and throughout the country. His deal highlights include the development of Vale Hospital as a joint venture between medical consultants and Nuffield Health, the merger of Trinity College and Lampeter University, the sale of Howies to Timberland, the acquisition of Cardiff Airport, and the employee buy-out of Tower Colliery.
Adrian will be joined by Keith Morgan, a business recovery specialist formerly of PKF, who moved to Mazars in April of this year. Initially concentrating on corporate finance, transaction services and business recovery, Adrian and Keith will be supported by a team of skilled staff working across the firm’s South West region.
Stephen Christopher, Regional Managing Partner, says: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Adrian to Mazars. His experience speaks for itself: he will be a great asset to the firm and our clients as he helps expand our services into the Welsh marketplace. We already have a growing number of Welsh clients, including high profile companies such as pottery specialist Portmerion and are now seeking to further strengthen our position with a permanent presence . In spite of the recent harsh conditions, the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong; we’re excited about being on the ground to provide tailored support and advice to the businesses that the form the bedrock of the country’s economy.”
Adrian Godfrey comments, “Joining Mazars will enable me to strengthen and to expand the scale of advisory work I undertake. Greater resources, the support of specialists in other advisory areas such as tax and restructuring, and access to an international network of partners were all key factors in attracting me to the firm; I am sure that all of this will also be appealing to both current and future clients. This endeavour represents a significant commitment to strengthening the corporate finance expertise available to Welsh businesses.”
About Adrian Godfrey
Adrian has extensive advisory and consultancy experience including advising clients on company sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity finance raisings, management buy-outs and buy-ins, company valuations, due diligence for financiers and acquirers and mergers of higher and further education institutions.
He has a broad spectrum of clients across privately owned companies, PLCs, financial institutions and not for profit organisations. Over the last 10 years he has advised on transactions with a value totalling over £300m.
He began his career with the then Price Waterhouse, where he remained for 16 years until he joined Haines Watts’ Welsh office in 1997, where he was responsible for setting up and developing the corporate finance team.
About Keith Morgan
Keith has nearly 30 years experience of corporate recovery and insolvency work, having been a PKF partner for 17 years and , prior to that , having spent 11 years with Coopers and Lybrand.
A Fellow of the ICAEW , Keith has extensive experience across a diverse range of industry sectors including professional sport and the licenced trade and shipping industries. He has dealt with individual and business cases of all sizes, from individual bankruptcies to administrations of substantial national concern.
Keith has acted in an advisory capacity to both owners of and lenders to businesses experiencing financial difficulties.
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Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organisation, specialising in audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. At 1st January 2011, Mazars has its own offices in 61 countries, across five continents, with nearly 13,000 professionals. Through its correspondent agreements, joint ventures and representation offices, Mazars can operate in 21 additional countries and provide its clients with professional teams, who all share the same commitment to quality and a common determination to maintain the highest technical and ethical standards. Mazars’ always expanding portfolio of services reflects the Group’s ambition: to provide its clients, whether international corporates, SMEs or individuals, with tailored and global solutions to help them achieve sustainable growth.