The corporate finance arm of accountants Wilkins Kennedy has appointed David Ellis to head a new unit being established in Maidstone. He joins the firm from a local Tunbridge Wells practice where he developed specialisms in corporate and acquisition finance. He will be accompanied by Reece Wootten who relocates from Wilkins Kennedy’s corporate finance department in London.
The move follows Wilkins Kennedy’s merger last October with Maidstone firm Day Smith & Hunter, which created one of the largest accountancy practices in the region. The firm is now building the new corporate finance unit as part of a wider initiative to establish a hub in Maidstone from which it can provide a range of specialist services to businesses throughout Kent.
Andy Coghlan, Head of Corporate Finance at Wilkins Kennedy, said: “Our corporate finance team has a long-standing association with businesses in Kent and has advised on several major deals. However, the creation of a local delivery team is a particularly exciting opportunity as it strengthens our relationship with the county’s business communities.”
Mike Startup, Managing Partner at Wilkins Kennedy’s Maidstone office, commented: “We are delighted to welcome David to the corporate finance team alongside Reece to introduce a new service in Kent. We were keen to develop the corporate finance offering as there is a growing need for such a service in the county and we are now pleased to be able to offer this to our clients.”