about phil

Phil Williams, Partner, Leathers Corporate Finance

Phil is a leading name in corporate finance in the North East, with more than 16 years of specialist experience in the field, and over 22 years working in finance as a qualified accountant. He is a partner and co-founder of our specialist corporate finance business, Leathers Corporate Finance, which works with entrepreneurs and business owners across the region.

During his career, Phil has worked within both practice and industry in a number of senior roles, including being in-house head of corporate finance at a North East-based plc. He has been involved in a number of major deals on a regional and national basis and is highly respected for his work.

Phil, who has won awards for his work including previously being named as North East Young Dealmaker of the Year, has widespread experience of acting on the full range of corporate finance matters and is able to handle the most complex of transactions.

Speak to Phil about:

  • Business sales and exit strategy
  • Management buyouts
  • Raising finance
  • Private equity investments
  • Business acquisitions

To discuss any of these matters with Phil, please contact him on 07394 561 045 or p.williams@weareleathers.com

something different

How did you come to join the Leathers Corporate Finance team?

It was a long road to get to this point - but more recently a chance meeting led to a discussion over dinner and the rest is history.  Michael, Abu and I have a shared ambition to create something very special here.

What has been the most satisfying moment of your corporate finance career?

Looking into the eyes of a client who has just successfully completed the deal of a lifetime is priceless - and I feel fortunate to be able to share those moments.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Look at yourself first”.  In any situation, there is always more that you can do to get the right outcome.  If you don’t step up to be the one to make things happen, then why should anyone else?

What is the most unusual analogy you have ever used to explain something deal-related?

“You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube…”.  Planning, messaging, presentation and timing are everything in corporate finance.  Get any of that wrong, and it can be hard to clean up afterwards.

What do you look for in a corporate finance advisor?

Total focus on the client’s objectives.  The agenda should always be achieving the end result.  This means that listening is a more important skill than talking – and it is surprising how often professionals can get this wrong.

How do you find is the best way to break things down for clients?

Explaining the big picture helps to make the smaller points make sense.  It also helps to set expectations from the start.  If the process is understood in advance, it stops there from being any surprises or misunderstanding further down the line.

What do you do when you aren’t being a corporate finance advisor?

Twin daughters and a rugby and Liverpool FC-mad son keep me busy enough.  I can be found at Anfield for most home games (my dad was from Merseyside and I was raised on the Kop!!).  But when I’m not selfishly glued to sports, nothing beats a family day out – we’d be lost without our National Trust membership.  My favourite pastime at home is cooking – usually Keith Floyd-style with a large glass of red!  

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