Posted: 01 Apr. 2021 5 min. read

Building relationships to respond, recover and thrive

Martyn Gregory and Phil Lane, who lead Deloitte's corporate finance advisory team in the South and Wales, consider how relationships are at the heart of businesses building back better and look back at some of their recent deal activity.

For many businesses, navigating the last 12 months has been the biggest challenge they have experienced and has tested their resilience. Business leaders have had to prioritise their focus on revenue and cost but also, crucially, their people. Our clients tell us they are still feeling the impact today, but we are also seeing the market start to shift and that businesses across the South West and Wales are emerging once more ready to thrive.

Strong relationships, combined with deep local market knowledge and connections, has helped Deloitte's South & Wales M&A team to support our clients and assess the right opportunities for them. We are proud to have helped our clients make a great start to 2021 and recently completed five deals in five weeks. 

Five recent deals


Building back better

Despite the on-going pandemic and economic uncertainty, the UK deal market remains buoyant and confirms there is still an appetite for investment in UK businesses from both overseas and domestic investors. We know private equity firms are ready to invest, and through our national and international contacts we have been able to help our clients to not only realise the best value for their business, but also ensure we find the right partner with the same ambitions and who are committed to driving future growth.

We’re committed to supporting the South West and Wales to build back better and look forward to supporting many more businesses this year.

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Deloitte's corporate financial advisory team provides financial advice and insight at every stage of a transaction – from consideration of the strategic options to transaction execution, be it an IPO, acquisition or divestment, restructuring or fast track disposal.

Please get in with either of us if you'd like to find out more about how we can help you and your business.

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Martyn Gregory

Martyn Gregory

Senior Partner

Martyn is a senior partner at Deloitte specialising in corporate finance. He has extensive experience of advising large listed businesses and privately owned companies across numerous industries and has advised on over 150 projects and transactions during his career.

Phil Lane

Phil Lane


Phil leads our Consumer M&A team as well as heading Financial Advisory for Deloitte Private. He has 20 years’ experience of providing advice to corporates of all sizes and management teams on transactional activity, including acquisitions, company sales, MBO’s and capital raisings. In addition, he regularly provides strategic support to family-owned businesses on succession, strategy and long-term shareholder value maximisation.