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Hazlewoods makes two key appointments

Cheltenham-based accountants Hazlewoods has made a significant investment in both its leadership and corporate finance teams with the appointment of Phil Lane and Pete Muldrew from Deloitte.

Phil Lane joins the leadership team as a partner and COO for the firm and will also work with the corporate finance team as Hazlewoods continues to focus on growing its regional mid-market corporate finance M&A business alongside its existing specialist sector teams.

Phil has held several leadership roles, including the head of private business for the South-West & Wales, and was part of the UK corporate finance leadership team, with a particular focus on people development.

Phil also brings with him over 20 years' M&A experience, having been a partner at Deloitte advising on a range of entrepreneurial and family-owned clients principally in the consumer, food and services sectors.

Pete Muldrew will join Hazlewoods' corporate finance team as a director and, with over 10 years of M&A experience in advising private and family-owned businesses across the South West & Wales, brings his market profile and deal experience to focus on supporting the growth of the M&A team.

Phil said: "I am delighted to have been appointed COO of Hazlewoods, one of the largest independent professional services firms in the South-West, and excited to be part of the leadership team to continue the successful growth of this market leading business.

"I am also thrilled with the opportunity to work with an established corporate finance team of over 40 professionals alongside other experts from our tax, accounting and advisory teams who collectively provide a truly differentiated offering to individuals and business owners."

In another significant appointment, Pete Muldrew has joined Hazlewoods' corporate finance team from Deloitte as a director and, with over 10 years of M&A experience in advising private and family-owned businesses across the South West & Wales, brings his market profile and deal experience to focus on supporting the growth of the M&A team.

Commenting on his decision to join Hazlewoods, Pete said: "Being a proud resident of Gloucester, the scale and capability of the Hazlewoods corporate finance team made this the obvious firm to join to continue progressing my career, serving entrepreneurial clients in the mid-market. 

"I look forward to bringing my breadth of experience in advising clients on transactional activity to further develop the scale of our business."

John Lucas, head of M&A and healthcare corporate finance at Hazlewoods, added: "Phil and Pete's experience and track record, particularly in the £10m to £75m deal range, will enhance our mid-market M&A capability and also ensure we can continue to grow our business in line with the needs of our clients."

James Morter, managing partner of Hazlewoods, said: "With more than 540 people across four offices, we are one of the largest independent professional services firms in the South-West. Recruiting Phil and Pete demonstrates our continued ambition to grow and support our own people and our clients in the firm's specialist sectors and the regional market.

"We will continue to invest in our talent and infrastructure as we are uniquely placed to support clients with our advisory, tax, audit and accounting services."

Hazlewoods sponsors Punchline's Business Breakfast Briefers  each Friday morning.

To find out more about Hazlewoods' full-service accountancy and business advisory offering, visit hazlewoods.co.uk  or call 01242 680000.

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