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Clearwater appoints Managing Partner in London ahead of office expansion

Global corporate finance advisory firm Clearwater International is further strengthening its presence in London with the appointment of a new Managing Partner and a move to larger premises.

Christopher Jones joins as a Managing Partner and Head of London to lead the ongoing development of the firm’s 35-strong team in the capital.
 
This appointment will allow fellow Managing Partner, Marcus Archer, to expand his leadership role working alongside UK CEO Mark Taylor and devote more time to his strategic role of leading private equity coverage internationally, in addition to driving the sector-focused approach to M&A across the UK.
 
In the new year, the London team will move from its current base in Chandos Place, Covent Garden to larger offices at the newly refurbished 11 The Strand.
   
Jones has two decades of specialist mid-market corporate finance expertise across travel and leisure, e-commerce and consumer brands, working on over 60 deals with a combined deal value of over €3 billion.
 
In recent years he has led the sale of Travel Chapter twice (to ECI Partners and subsequently Intermediate Capital Group), advised KKR backed Travelopia twice, advised the shareholders of Watchfinder.co.uk on the sale to Richemont and advised Vitruvian Partners on its investments in both Travel Counsellors and MPB.com.
 
Jones joins from the global consumer team of Houlihan Lokey. Having started his career at EY, he spent eight years at Arrowpoint Advisory before joining Altium Capital (now Houlihan Lokey) in 2013.
 

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