Baker Tilly partner takes Duff & Phelps role

PETER COOPER has joined insolvency and restructuring firm Duff & Phelps as UK partner, from Top 10 firm Baker Tilly where he was also partner.

Cooper (pictured) was previously partner in restructuring at Baker Tilly which he joined in 2007. Prior to that, he was partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, prior to its merger with Tenon.

He has also held several senior roles at Ernst and Young where he worked for more than 17 years. While at the Big Four firm he worked overseas in countries such as Thailand and Latvia, and was also seconded for two years to Lloyds Banking Group.

In his new role at Duff & Phelps he will work with the business consulting team and will have a particular focus on turnarounds in the banking sector.

Cooper said: “I look forward to playing a part in the firm’s growth in Europe while also developing broader consulting services for businesses facing difficulties.”

“I’ve been following Duff & Phelps’ progress over the years with keen interest, as it is an admired firm with a growing global presence. I am enthusiastic to contribute my skills and experience learned in my former advisory roles to the respected team already in place.”

Duff & Phelps was acquired by a private equity consortium in April. The consortium consisted of The Carlyle Group, Stone Point Capital and Picet & Cie.

The deal was worth about $655.5m (£429.8m) at the time. The move will see the American company Duff & Phelps de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange. 

The US business Duff & Phelps bought Top 25 accountancy firm MCR in 2011 which had revenues of £22.5m and about 150 staff according to the Accountancy Age Top 50 chart for 2011.

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