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Azets appoints group head of M&A

The appointment follows Azets’ growth plans to increase revenue by 50% in the next five years.

Azets has announced the appointment of Jeremy Fearnley as group head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with responsibility for M&A activity across Azets in the UK and Nordics.

In his new role, Fearnley will focus on driving the group’s geographical expansion and solution proposition through the acquisitions of “high quality, complementary” groups.

Meanwhile, Fearnley has built a career as a deal advisor, with experience in advising “complex”, multi-million-pound transactions.

Previously, he worked in the corporate finance team of a Big Four accounting firm in the UK and across Asia, culminating in five years as the head of M&A in Hong Kong. Throughout this time, Fearnley worked on many public and private transactions, covering acquisitions, disposals, fundraisings, public-to-private transactions, and private equity deals.

Additionally, he spent the past six years as global head of strategy and M&A at Equiom, a private equity backed international professional services group. During this time, Fearnley was responsible for delivering acquisitive growth and spearheading its international and service line expansion.

Fearnley said: “I am delighted to join Azets at a time of significant growth and look forward to working closely with our leaders to find ways to add to our unique market proposition.

“To build on our position as a leading advisor and provider of professional and outsourced services, Azets is interested in acquiring groups which share our vision for talent development, exceptional service provision, a culture of innovation and for making work enjoyable.”

Chris Horne, group CEO of Azets, added: “Jeremy is a wonderful addition to the Azets leadership team, and we are thrilled to welcome someone of his calibre and standing. 

“Jeremy is a renowned M&A leader, and this is a timely appointment in the continued expansion of Azets, with acquisitive growth a key part of our plans to increase revenue by 50% in the next five years.”

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