Partner & Head of Exit Review
During a career with KPMG, which spanned 37 years, Derek developed extensive experience in advising companies, public and private, focusing particularly on the purchase and sale of businesses.
He acted for three FTS100 companies, two of the UK’s largest retail groups, a major European Airline and two private equity firms.
Derek was a founding partner of KPMG’s UK Corporate Finance and Private Equity groups and moved to New York in 2005 to create a US Private Equity Group.
Derek was appointed Vice Chairman of KPMG UK in 2004.
Since leaving KPMG in 2008, Derek has served as a non executive director of UK and foreign based companies. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management and chaired the Advisory Board of Alchemy Partners, the UK private equity firm and the board of Seymour Pierce, the corporate and stock broking firm.
Derek’s current non executive directorships include HelloFresh SE (home delivery of foods, listed on the Frankfurt SE), Amiad Water Solutions (AIM listed, based in Israel) and the 600 Group (AIM listed engineering group in the UK and USA).
In 2016, Derek formed with two partners, Crossroads Partners, which focuses on advising entrepreneurial companies on their future strategy and preparing them for sale.
“We have greatly enjoyed working with Cavendish over the past few years. As a family owned business, we definitely needed good advice and we felt very well supported by the team at Cavendish. I...Andrew Leigh | Founder and Shareholder of John Ross Junior (Aberdeen) Limited
“This new investment and partnership is a very exciting opportunity for myself and our fantastic management team to both consolidate and nurture our existing long-term client relationships as well...John Stevenson | CEO ACT Clean
Thank you so much for your efforts and teamwork in selling RPS! Your approach and process was vital to our successful sale of the Company. In particular, the initiation of a excellent and...Adrienne MacMillan | CFO Rapidscan Pharm Solutions Inc
“This marks a significant opportunity for our partners, customers and people as we become part of the global Kyocera family and continue the journey we started back in 1988. When looking for an...Andrew Harman | co-founder of Annodata
I’d like to warmly congratulate Jonathan Buxton, Michael Jewell and the team at Cavendish on the successful sale of Tristar Worldwide Ltd to the Addison Lee Group. I’d like to place on...Andy Nash | Chairman of Tristar Worldwide
The Cavendish Team, led by Michael Jewell, did an excellent job managing a well-orchestrated auction process and ensuring the smooth closing of the transaction in a timely manner. They were...Rhian Griffith | Representative of the Shareholders at SG Court
The Cavendish team worked seamlessly with their international partners to find the right buyer and guide us through every step of the sale process. This is a great outcome for both the shareholders...Ben Lane | Co-founder of ALC
“It was a great pleasure to be working with Cavendish again, following the Aurum sale process. The Cavendish team worked hard and were very committed to achieving the best result for the...Justin Stead | CEO of Radley
“This is an exciting deal for our business. Baird Capital’s experience and resources will be invaluable as we seek to further enhance our services and global reach. Baird’s deep understanding...David Vafai | Founder and CEO of bfinance