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Bishopsgate announces major investment in its dealmaking team.

After a record-breaking year Bishopsgate Corporate Finance is delighted to announce the recruitment of Morgan Atherton as Managing Partner.

Morgan is an accomplished corporate finance professional and dealmaker, bringing over 25 years of international M&A and Private Equity experience to the Bishopsgate team. He began his career at Arthur Andersen before moving to NatWest Specialised Finance and then to KPMG in a senior position. He spent 10 years at KPMG working on a large number of international and private equity mandates, a selection of which are highlighted below:

  • Advised HBOS on the £44m MBO of Sunseeker, a £240m revenue luxury yacht manufacturer.
  • Advised LDC on the MBO of Vision Security Group, a £90m revenue guarding business.
  • Advised the owners of a digital insurance distribution business on its £30m sale to a US trade buyer.
  • Advised the shareholders (management and NBGI PE) on the £49m sale of Nationwide Autocentres to Phoenix Equity Partners.

After a successful career at KPMG, Morgan then moved in-house as CFO of Dimensions Clothing, the UK’s leading supplier of uniforms and workwear. During his time with Dimensions, he oversaw significant international growth and led numerous acquisitions and strategic projects, most recently the £50m MBO supported by LDC in 2019.

Simon Stephenson comments: “Morgan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as both an advisor and also as a principal during his time at Dimensions. We believe this unique blend of experience will be invaluable to our clients, and he is a great addition to the team. We are excited about the opportunities that Morgan’s appointment will create as we look to build on significant growth achieved in recent years. Morgan has joined the team as Managing Partner which signals our intent to continue to grow and service our client base. He will be followed by two further appointments who will join the business in August and September taking the dealmaking team to 10. This investment in the team follows significant investment in both our technology infrastructure and our balance sheet to ensure we are well placed for the future to continue to provide premium advisory services to the UK’s business community.”

Morgan Atherton comments: “I am delighted and incredibly excited to be joining the Bishopsgate team during a transformational period of growth for the business. I have known Bishopsgate for many years and have been hugely impressed by its success and the achievements of the team. I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to help both the team build on its strong foundations and, most importantly, our clients realise their strategic goals and ambitions.”

Bishopsgate Corporate Finance is a specialist corporate finance boutique founded in 1996 operating from offices in London and Stamford. Since its inception Bishopsgate has advised on over 200 deals with a combined value in excess of £1.5bn. Bishopsgate specialises in advising owner managers and entrepreneurs on Exits, Acquisitions, Management Buy-outs, Fundraisings and Private Equity Transactions combining significant international and sector specific expertise to deliver exceptional outcomes for its clients. Notable recent transactions include:

  • The sale of Bowman Stores to listed US business Americold for £74m
  • The cross-border sale of £9m turnover EDI software business Data Interchange to US based Epicor
  • The sale of £20m turnover gaming technology business Fanatical to TPG backed business Fandom Inc
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