LAVA Advisory Partners are delighted to welcome Lesley Dorrance-King to their growing team. Lesley, an ICAS-qualified Chartered Accountant, is a skilled negotiator with strong technical financial capabilities borne from years of experience in EY’s renowned Sale and Purchase Agreement Advisory team, where she excelled in negotiating pricing mechanics for corporate and PE clients.
She also spent many years in EY’s Transaction Diligence team, where she focussed on supporting vendors through financial due diligence processes – an area fundamental to LAVA’s hands-on, supportive approach. Lesley has a commercial mindset, an energetic approach and a passion for hunting down the best possible results for her clients.
Lesley’s hire comes at an exciting time for LAVA. As we continue to build our business, we’ve been on the lookout for individuals who are driven, strategic and proactive with the ability to think creatively when it comes to getting the best for our clients. Lesley ticks all these boxes, and we can’t wait to leverage her technical experience and sharp negotiating skills on our growing portfolio of M&A mandates.
Simon Woodcock Partner, LAVA Advisory Partners
Lesley commented, “LAVA stands out due to its creative and determined outlook, which delivers excellent solutions for clients. The growth achieved since LAVA’s inception is a testament to the bold approach of an experienced and diverse team. I’m thrilled to be contributing to a company that thinks differently, pushes boundaries and represents the future of M&A.”
Lesley’s background and ambitions will bolster LAVA’s skill at identifying consolidation and value creation opportunities across sectors, with her appointment following two successful 2022 deal competitions – a PE deal for UK cycling distributor Silverfish and investment in newly created environmental services group, Cura Terrae.
Driven by LAVA’s energy and strategic vision, this growth trajectory is set to continue, and the firm expects to make further people and deal announcements in the near future.