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Legal & Finance: Keys to a bigger finance team.

Birmingham chartered accountants Clement Keys have seen demand for their corporate finance services grow by 25 per cent in the past 12 months and have now strengthened their specialist department by appointing Jo Watkin as senior manager.

She joins the team headed by partners Ross Cocker and corporate tax partner Manny Sahota and will assist clients in the specialist areas of management buyouts, management buy-ins, start-up businesses and floatations.

Ms Watkin will also provide support in relation to business planning, due diligence, general business advice and compliance services to the firm's client base.

An accountant for 11 years, she worked with Bass Brewers and the University of Wolver-hampton before moving into the accountancy profession.

"Putting the right amount and type of finance in place to develop new products or open up new market opportunities can be critical to a company's success, whilst an appropriate exit strategy is vital if individuals are to realise their investment without seriously disadvantaging the business and putting jobs at risk," said Mr Cocker.

"We are increasingly being engaged to provide advice to large corporates as well as SMEs and small owner-managers in all areas from succession planning to acquisition strategies. We are delighted that Jo, whom I have known for many years, will play a key role in helping us develop this important area of our business."

Ms Watkin said: "There is a genuine sense of satisfaction in helping a company to fulfil its commercial potential and achieve its corporate objectives.

"Clement Keys is a growing independent practice that combines innovative thinking with traditional values and I am very much looking forward to supporting Ross as the firm seeks to build on the successes achieved in providing straightforward business advice in a sector that is often seen as overly complicated."

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