is led by Brian Davidson and Warwick Ley.
Having first worked together on the successful buyout and turnaround of Plaxton Coachbuilders, Brian and Warwick teamed up again in the acclaimed investment and turnaround of Crown Paints, the UK and Ireland’s second largest paint manufacturer.
Brian led the business as CEO whilst Warwick led the turnaround investment on behalf of the private equity owner and acted as Chairman. The turnaround netted a top decile return for the investors in 2011 and won several national and regional awards in recognition including “Deal of the Year”, “Turnaround of the Year”, “Management Team of the Year”, “UK CEO of the Year” and “Lancashire Entrepreneur of the Year”.
As a team, Brian and Warwick have deep knowledge and a track record of driving successful investment returns, turnarounds and capital restructurings. This is complemented by key relationships across the banking, private equity and managerial communities.
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Warwick has over 20 years experience in private equity turnaround investing, “Big 4” corporate restructuring advisory and corporate banking. Warwick was a former partner of Endless LLP, and prior to that a Director at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.
Warwick has led investments which have achieved top decile industry returns and taken several Non-Executive Directorships of companies in turnaround. He has strong relationships across the UK advisory, banking, private equity and investor communities.
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Brian has over 25 years experience in leading companies through successful turnarounds. These roles have included CEO, Chairman, COO and Non-Executive Director of companies such as Crown Paints, Fairline Boats, Alexander Dennis, Plaxton Coachbuilders, Scottish Legal Life and BAE.
Brian has worked closely with private equity and banks in these roles, where on several occasions outstanding returns have been achieved against initial operational adversity. He was formally recognised as Britain’s “CEO of the Year” by the BVCA at their national awards in 2012.