North East independent chartered accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has announced the appointment of another experienced dealmaker with Nick Broadhead joining as Corporate Finance Partner to further strengthen the company’s successful corporate finance business.
Nick arrives at UNW following 12 years at KPMG in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he worked nationally with a variety of businesses in the technology media and telecoms, leisure, retail and wholesale, business services and healthcare sectors, specialising in private equity transactions.
A native of the North East, Nick attended school in Newcastle before studying Economics at the University of Leeds. He joined KPMG in 2010, initially training in the audit department before moving into corporate finance 3 years later. At KPMG, Nick gained significant experience in strategic decision making, finance raising and all aspects of mergers & acquisitions.
Nick joins UNW as the firm’s third Corporate Finance Partner appointment of the year, following the arrival of Paul Mankin in February 2022 as Chair of Corporate Finance and Chris Wilson as Head of Corporate Finance in August 2022.
Speaking of his motivations for joining UNW, Nick said: “This is a particularly unique opportunity to develop the corporate finance business at a premier regional independent firm. To see a firm investing heavily in its senior team—as UNW has done this year—speaks volumes about its commitment to enhancing the breadth and depth of experience that can be drawn upon when advising new and existing clients.
“It’s an exciting time for me to be joining UNW. The firm has a distinctive culture and its offering to clients is incredibly strong. The corporate finance business has always delivered consistent volumes of transaction activity and I’m looking forward to linking up with Paul, Chris and the rest of the team to help broaden our offering and maximise the opportunities in front of us.”
UNW’s corporate finance business has a significant track record, both in the North East and nationally, of advising clients through a range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, finance raising, due diligence and grant support and subsidies.
Chris Wilson, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at UNW, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Nick to the Corporate Finance Team at UNW. He is an accomplished dealmaker, committed to helping clients achieve the very best possible outcomes and is passionate about the North East.
“Nick brings a wealth of experience across a range of deal types and sizes and his appointment really underlines our objective to be the transaction advisor of choice for ambitious entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses. I’m confident Nick’s existing knowledge, expertise and network will enable him to hit the ground running.
“We have had an incredibly strong end to 2022, with a number of high-profile deals completing in recent weeks. Notwithstanding the obvious market challenges and headwinds, our pipeline is strong, and we are optimistic about the outlook for 2023 and beyond as we continue to invest for the future.”