EY lures back Williams to its north-west team

JOHN WILLIAMS has returned to EY as part of the firm’s growth plans in north-west transaction services.

Williams, who served at the firm from 1997 – as a grad – to 2006, rejoins from Deloitte.

He will lead EY teams providing due diligence and associated services, and looking to develop new business.

Williams will report to EY transaction services partner Richard Harding. A number of major deals were led by Harding last year, including the £494m ‘take-private’ of Nelson-headquartered Daisy plc by a consortium led by founder Matthew Riley; the acquisition of Warrington-based Optionis by MML Capital Partners; and the £620m sale of The Co-operative Group’s pharmacies business to Bestway.

Harding said: “We completed four transactions in the last two working weeks of 2014 and have a strong pipeline for 2015. John’s excellent technical ability, breadth of contacts and experience of working on large deals will be critical as we continue to expand in the North West, where we’re confident the M&A market will grow this year.”

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