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KPMG hires senior Scottish dealmaker to lead its corporate finance team

KPMG has made a key hire in Scotland as it prepares for an “uplift” in Scottish deal activity in 2020, appointing Graeme Williams to lead its Scottish corporate finance team.

Williams will lead its corporate finance team across central Scotland, with a particular focus on privately owned and private equity backed businesses. He joins from KPMG with over 10 years’ experience working in the ‘Big 4’ across both London and Scotland.

Williams said: “I’m really excited about joining KPMG and leading the Corporate Finance team across central Scotland. The market is slowly starting to pick up momentum and 2020 could be an incredibly interesting year with potential for some significant deal volume and value.

“KPMG’s experience, insight and presence in Corporate Finance across the UK is really significant and that gives us the perfect foundation to build our team and our client base here in Scotland.”

James Kergon, KPMG’s head of deal advisory in Scotland, added: “In 2020, KPMG is celebrating its 150th anniversary and our focus this year in Scotland is firmly on growth and evolution. The economic and political landscape has changed significantly, creating new challenges and opportunities.

“From tech to tariffs, our clients are navigating a constantly shifting world and we’re working hard to ensure we’re in the strongest position to help them remain focused on sustainable, long-term growth.”

He added: “Graeme’s appointment is central to that growth strategy. He’ll play a significant role in deepening our support for our clients and reaching out to new markets and customers. The early signs for 2020 are cautiously optimistic.

“We could be set for a particularly buoyant deal environment, and I’m delighted Graeme will lead the charge for KPMG in Scotland.”

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