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Chartered accountants PKF Francis Clark have appointed a new Corporate Finance partner, Paul Stout at its Poole office.
Paul joined PKF Francis Clark as Director in 2017 from a national firm and has more than 17 years’ experience helping dynamic businesses execute their growth strategies and advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, company sales, MBOs and fundraisings, across a variety of sectors.
Paul, who attended Poole Grammar School and is a former graduate of the University of Southampton has gained an excellent reputation leading the accountancy firm’s corporate finance team in Dorset and Hampshire. He works closely with the region’s banks, lawyers and venture capitalists to enable his clients to achieve their plans and complete high quality transactions.
PKF Francis Clark Managing Partner Andrew Richards commented: “I am delighted to announce Paul’s promotion. Key to the success of the firm is recruiting and rewarding the very best talent available. Our Corporate Finance team includes 21 senior dealmakers and supporting staff from a range of financial backgrounds in industry, banking and equity. That makes us the largest and most active corporate finance team in the South.
“Our clients rely on us for our deep understanding of deal issues. This includes how to prepare for a transaction on both buy and sell sides and for our proactive management throughout the process. Paul’s appointment reinforces our ability to deliver the best specialist advice throughout the transaction process and post transaction ensuring our clients achieve their ambitions.”
James Robinson, Office Managing Partner at PKF Francis Clark’s Poole office, said: “Paul’s appointment to the partnership is well deserved. His clients value him because he is proactive, personable and has great experience of transactions including working in industry in a listed company environment, dealing with post-acquisition integration and performance improvement. We look forward to his and the team’s continued success as one of the best-resourced and experienced teams in the region.”