Jim Shaw is Founder and Partner at Bristol-based Shaw & Co. He is also the Head of the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) team which is part of one of the largest corporate finance advisory teams in the South West. Below he provides a summary of his career, his current role and what he does in his spare time.

I founded Shaw & Co around my kitchen table in 2011. Since then it has grown into one of the largest specialist advisory businesses in the South West. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and have received several awards and industry recognition including South West Young Deal Maker of the Year in 2013 and nomination for South West Deal Maker of the Year in 2018. I am also listed as one the regions’ 42 entrepreneurs under 42 to watch.

Before I got into corporate finance, I wanted to be a professional cyclist. I got pretty close as well. I represented Great Britain from 1999 to 2002 flying the flag at the Junior World Road Race Championships in 1999 and Under 23 European Road Race Championships in 2001. I won both the Under 23 National Road Race Championship and the U23 National Road Race Series in 2001. However, as talent started to limit ambition, I turned my attention back to my studies in physics.

After graduating from the University of Bristol with a Physics Degree, I pursued my interest in business by becoming a Chartered Accountant with PwC. From there I moved into an Associate Director role with Target Corporate Finance where I provided lead advisory services to clients in a wide range of sectors including Aerospace & Defence, Energy & Renewables and Human Capital.

Over the last 15 years I have developed a deep expertise in mergers and acquisitions. I have been advising clients across multiple sectors on complex M&A transactions. In that time, I have completed more than 70 M&A deals with a combined transaction value exceeding £0.5bn.

I founded Shaw & Co as I wanted to offer clients a better corporate finance experience. I have the honour of leading a growing team of talented individuals who make a real difference for our clients. Our mission is to make deals happen and achieve more than our clients think is possible.

I am proud of the notable deals that I have led on behalf of our clients. These include the sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever, the purchase of VoucherCloud from Vodafone and its onward sale to Groupon, the sale of People Source Consulting to Manpower and Nanopharm to AptarGroup Inc. Despite these headline grabbing deals, typical deal size I manage at Shaw & Co is £7m and the largest deal I have led in recent times has been at a value of £75m.

When I’m not running the business, and despite my earlier success in cycling, my first love has always been sailing. I raced sailing dinghies from the age of 8 and have competed at National, European and World level in several classes. When I find the time, I enjoy sailing dinghies at my local club as well as bigger yachts on the Solent.

Quotes in the Press

Modern Retail Retail is dead – Here come the brands – January 2021

New Business Magazine From cycling to corporate finance – Autumn 2020 Issue

Yorkshire Post Credit process proves a headache to the lenders – 24 June 2020

Sunday Times What can the chancellor do to save our start-ups? – 19 April 2020

Pitchbook Critics say UK is unwilling to ‘pick up the cost’ in new coronavirus loan program – 17 April 2020

Bloomberg UK’s 150% Jump in Rescue Loans Belies Pressure to Do More 15 April 2020

The Washington Post U.K.’s Rebooted Business Rescue Meets a Wall of Waiting and Pain – 6 April 2020

Bloomberg UK’s Rebooted Business Rescue Meets a Wall of Waiting and Pain – 4 April 2020

Business Leader Comparison of business support measures available in UK & US – 3 April 2020

Bloomberg UK Business Rescue Plan ‘Too Complicated’ to Stop Mass Failure – 26 March 2020

Deals I have worked on

Baltimore Consulting –   Debt backed management buyout

Fundamentals Limited –  £2m CBILS business interruption loan

Gradwell – Secured private equity backing

Keep IT Simple – £26m trade sale to The Panoply Holdings PLC 

Nanopharm – Trade sale

Neptune Rum – Acquisition from Administration

One Team Logic – Secured £3.2m funding from Octopus Investments

Passionate about People – Trade sale

People Source – Trade sale to Manpower

Pukka Herbs – Trade Sale to Unilever

Screentime – Trade Sale to US based Awareness Technologies

Smartbox – Trade Sale to CareTech Holdings PLC

Trunki – Raise of £3.92m to help Trunki fuel growth

Vouchercloud – Management Buy-Out of Invitation Digital from Vodafone

Vouchercloud – Trade Sale of Cloud Savings Company to Groupon