The Yorkshire team of LDC, the mid-market private equity firm, has appointed James Marshall as an investment director to further increase its support for mid-market businesses across the region.
With almost 15 years’ experience in private equity and corporate finance, James joins the firm from private equity firm NorthEdge. In his previous role, James specialised in identifying investment opportunities and leading transactions across Yorkshire in a range of sectors, including TMT, healthcare and consumer.
A well-known figure in the Yorkshire business community, James previously worked in the corporate finance team at Dow Schofield Watts, and in the transaction advisory services team at EY.
In his new role, James will join LDC’s team in Yorkshire to underpin the firm’s commitment to invest in 100 medium-sized businesses nationally over the next five years.
Since April this year, LDC’s Yorkshire team has completed three transactions with a combined enterprise value of over £115m. This includes investments in York-based Cellhire, the global provider of mobile voice and data Internet of Things communications services, and Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), the UK’s leading cost benchmarking and valuation platform for construction.
Alongside its investments, the team exited its investment in Specialist People Services (SPS) – a Bradford-based recruitment business providing critical labour solutions to the UK and international logistics market – after a partnership of more than a decade.
Dan Smith, partner and head of LDC in Yorkshire, said: “James is a highly respected member of the Yorkshire investment community who is known for his supportive and collaborative approach and is a perfect fit for our team. He brings a wealth of experience having supported businesses and worked with advisers in our region for nearly 15 years. I’m excited to have him on board and I know he’ll help us realise our ambition to increase our investment in businesses across Yorkshire.”
James Marshall, investment director at LDC, added: “Dan and the team in Yorkshire have a reputation for successfully supporting some of the region’s standout business growth stories. I’m looking forward to working with the team as they strengthen the support they provide to management teams across the region.”