Newcastle-based chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has announced the appointment of former PwC dealmaker Paul Mankin as Corporate Finance Partner to oversee its corporate finance advisory team.
A multi award winner and former Insider North East Dealmaker of the Year, Paul brings over three decades worth of experience to the role, which will see him chair the firm’s corporate finance business; helping to guide and build the team and further strengthen its position in the marketplace.
Paul left PwC in December 2020 as Corporate Finance Partner responsible for the North East and Yorkshire after enjoying a highly successful 38 years at the firm, during which he advised on a number of high profile deals including the sale of Aesica Pharmaceuticals to Consort Medical plc and the disposal of Anson Limited to National Oilwell Varco Inc.
During his career, Paul has built a strong reputation for advising clients on a range of corporate finance matters including acquisitions and disposals, finance raising, valuations and strategic reviews. Whilst his clients have primarily been privately owned, Paul has also worked extensively with the Private Equity community and with listed companies and the public sector.
UNW’s Corporate Finance team has a significant track record both in the North East and nationally. Over the last two years the UNW team has completed more than a dozen mergers & acquisitions advisory mandates across a range of sectors, in addition to its market leading work on government grants and disposals in the dental sector.
Speaking of his motivations for joining the firm, Paul said: “UNW has a very strong brand that is differentiated locally, with an exceptional track record of going above and beyond for its clients and supporting the development of its people. The strength in depth of our corporate finance team means we have the capability to advise a broad and varied client base, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in its continued success by supporting the existing team and by recruiting further talent at all levels.”
UNW Managing Partner Andrew Wilson said: “We are delighted that Paul has decided to join us having seen the fantastic opportunity that exists at UNW. His wealth of experience really is second to none and Paul’s appointment is another indication of our continued commitment to building the best corporate finance business in the region. Paul is a well-respected figure in the North East and has a phenomenal track record of growing teams and developing talent and we can’t wait for him to get started at UNW.”