17 November '23

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Simon Nichols joins the CP Deals team in London as our ambitious growth plans continue at pace.

Simon Nichols, former Partner and Head of Transaction Services at Azets, has joined Cooper Parry as a Transaction Services Partner.

Simon will lead our London & South East Transaction Services operations as part of our fast-growing, nationwide CP Deals team. CP Deals offers a comprehensive M&A solution to the mid-market space, combining market-leading expertise across Corporate Finance, Transaction Services and Transaction Tax.

Simon brings with him 23 years of equity and debt deal experience in leading both mid-market and cross-border, multi-disciplinary teams on global and domestic acquisitions, demergers, disposals and capital market transactions. That includes an 8-year stint as a Partner in KPMG’s London Deals team.

After moving to Azets, Simon continued to develop his skills in the mid-market, advising owner-managed and private equity-backed businesses, private equity investors and lenders with deep sector experience covering energy and natural resources, healthcare and life sciences.

This sector experience aligns closely with the CP Deals team’s specialisms, and Simon’s arrival will supercharge a team that continues to go from strength to strength, with industry leaders like Timothy Mahapatra, Head of Deals, and Paul Tallon, Transaction Services Partner, joining in the last year alone.

Simon Nichols, Transaction Services Partner at Cooper Parry, said:

“The CP Deals team has spotted a massive market opportunity servicing clients in the lower mid-market, and I’m excited to join them and play a key role in driving that forward.

We believe there is currently a gap in the market for a boutique style, ‘hands on’ Partner-led Transaction Services offering, further building on the recent joining of Paul Tallon who is leading our Transaction Services team in the Midlands. We have a senior team of very experienced deal specialists who can provide commercial and insightful advice across deals by delivering a fully integrated Deals offering.

We want to build long-term business relationships and be seen as trusted advisors to our clients – ensuring that they maximise the value obtained from their deals, while also accelerating the speed of deal execution.”

Timothy Mahapatra, Head of CP Deals, added:

“Welcoming someone as well-renowned as Simon to the team is always a special moment. He adds vital skills, sector expertise and experience at a time when our growth plans for the next few years are already progressing rapidly.

More key hires will follow, particularly in London, and Simon and his team will be working in tandem with the wider CP Deals team supporting our clients with integrated Deals solutions to add value across the M&A cycle.”