Thursday, August 13, 2020

PwC invests in Midlands team with five partner promotions

PwC, the professional services firm, is investing in its senior team in the Midlands with the admission of five new partners.

Partner admissions are; Helen Ward in the Transaction Services Deals team; Matthew Walker an Audit Partner; Chris Shepherd an Audit Partner in the Banking & Capital Markets Team; Matthew Woolgar a Deals Tax Partner; and Thomas Rees a Tax Partner.

Helen Ward has over 18 years of deals experience across a range of industry sectors, whilst leading PwC’s Transaction Services national focus on Aerospace & Defence and Industrial Manufacturing. She supports a broad range of clients from private businesses to listed corporates, together with private equity clients and their portfolio businesses, through financial due diligence and wider value creation across the business life cycle.

Matthew Walker has over 20 years experience in External Audit. Matt specialises in International Markets and working with overseas owned UK businesses. He specialises in working cross-border and delivering high quality audits for a diverse range of clients in the automotive, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

Chris Shepherd joins the Birmingham Banking & Capital Markets (B&CM) team from PwC’s Manchester office, and has worked for PwC since joining as a graduate in 2006. He joined the London Banking & Capital Markets team in 2012 and has since spent two years in New York from 2015 to 2017, after which he returned to B&CM in London before moving to Manchester.

Matt Woolgar joined PwC’s East Midlands tax team in 2012 before moving to Birmingham to help build its local deals tax team. Matthew has over 15 years experience advising on the tax aspects of transactions, working with a wide range of Midlands clients to complete successful transactions though tax due diligence, structuring and other specialist services. Matthew also has a national focus, leading PwC’s tax relationship with mid-tier private equity clients and their portfolio businesses.

Thomas Rees joined the firm’s Milton Keynes office as a graduate in 2006. He works with clients to assist in debt restructuring, structuring acquisitions and disposals, foreign exchange hedging and advising on the impacts of legislative change. His clients include multinational listed groups, privately owned groups and private equity backed companies. He has also been involved in OECD projects regarding international tax law change in the last few years.

Matthew Hammond, PwC’s Midlands region chairman and Birmingham office senior partner, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming a talented group of new Partners into our Midlands business. They bring sector expertise, local and international experiences to help our clients with the opportunities and challenges they face. We continue to plan for the future and invest in our firm by ensuring we continue to develop leaders to support our clients.”

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