Ernst & Young, has announced the appointment of a new Birmingham-based corporate finance partner.
Matt Upton, aged 34, formerly a director with Deloitte, has been recruited to lead the corporate finance team, with the primary objective of fast-forwarding its growth in Birmingham and beyond.
He will begin on May 1. His recent deal credentials include the buy in management buyout of Palletways backed by Phoenix Equity Partners, the sale of Hanco ATM Systems to RBS, and 3i's acquisition of Interflora.
Jon Hughes, partner and regional head of the corporate finance team, said: "Matt has established himself as one of the leading corporate financiers in the region, and his appointment as partner will further strengthen the team's structure and client offering.
"He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from the corporate finance world, which will ensure Ernst & Young capitalises on its industry expertise, experience, and client offering.
"This appointment sends a clear message to those who doubt the strength of the West Midlands as a centre of excellence for corporate finance and deal making. Ernst & Young sees this region as strategic to its aggressive growth plans and we will continue to invest in the team to enable us to exploit opportunities available in the city."
Born in Birmingham, Mr Upton was educated at King Edwards School, Edgbaston, and graduated from Nottingham University.