ACCOUNTANCY GIANT PwC has hired a top dealmaker from Rothschild to lead its corporate finance business in Yorkshire.
Stephen Moore joins the Big Four firm as a partner after more than a decade at the historic family-owned investment bank, including five years as a director.
He will be responsible for advising Yorkshire companies on mergers and acquisitions in a market that remains buoyant in spite of uncertainty caused by the forthcoming general election in the UK and geopolitical tensions further afield.
PwC expects to close 8-10 quality deals this year from its offices in Leeds and Manchester, according to Stuart Warriner, who leads the firm’s M&A business in the North.
PwC will be selling businesses on behalf of private equity owners in the majority of these, added Mr Warriner.
Mr Moore told The Yorkshire Post: “2015 is an exciting time. Things have been gradually improving the last four or five years, even setting aside short-term dynamics about what’s going to happen in elections and what might be happening in Russia and far-flung fields.
“It is a good time to be doing business in Yorkshire and if you look at what’s been happening recently with the funds that have been raised and the businesses that are here, it’s very much open for business.”
Rothschild is one of the best-known names in global finance.