Howard graduated in Economics and, after a short spell in UK merchant banking, joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He transferred to the corporate tax department where he further qualified with the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
In early 1986 Howard established Deloitte’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group and developed an expertise in company sales. In May 1988 he left to set up Cavendish Corporate Finance.
Howard is a frequent lecturer, author and broadcaster on mergers and acquisitions and has written “Good Practice Guideline: Selling a Business”, published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Howard served as the Chairman of the Faculty of Corporate Finance of the ICAEW, which represents some 5,000 corporate financiers. In 2008 he was awarded the Faculty’s Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance award and served on the Takeover Panel. Howard was a Vice President of M&A International Inc, the global advisory M&A firm, and predecessor to Oaklins.
He was elevated to the Peerage as Lord Leigh of Hurley in 2013 and speaks regularly in the House of Lords on business, finance and tax matters. He accompanied the Prime Minister on the trade trip to China in 2013.
Howard chairs a number of charitable concerns and was appointed as a Treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2000, and subsequently as Senior Treasurer.
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