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LAVA Advisory Partners welcomes Clare Stockdale in growth and technical drive

LAVA Advisory Partners, in its commitment to technical excellence, welcomes Clare Stockdale as Associate Director. This latest addition, marking the fourth hire this year, emphasises LAVA’s drive to expand and its ability to attract top-tier talent. 

Clare joins us from the Australian asset management firm, First Sentier Investors, where she played a pivotal role in defining the company’s growth blueprint. As Senior Manager in Corporate Finance she led the firm’s inaugural transaction, running a complex cross-border transaction, gaining unparalleled client-focused insight and positioning herself to intimately understand the complexities firms face in the M&A landscape. 

During her extensive tenure with KPMG, which spanned over a decade, Clare accumulated a wealth of expertise in areas such as transaction services, valuation, financial modelling, strategy, and corporate finance. Her involvement in diverse sectors, from consumer & retail to aerospace and defence, combined with her experience in deals ranging from midmarket to multi-billion-pound ventures, ensures that she consistently gives her clients a competitive edge in M&A. Her early focus on private equity further enriches her broad and versatile skill set. 

Before joining KPMG and First Sentier, Clare worked for Société Générale as an Analyst, where she managed leveraged finance transaction investments. This role equipped her with a nuanced understanding of complex financial situations and the subtleties of credit markets. 

A Chartered Accountant with first-time passes, Clare also holds a business degree with a focus on finance from the renowned Cass Business School. 

I am incredibly excited to be part of the growing team at LAVA. Throughout our conversations, I was blown away by their entrepreneurial spirit and boldness in taking a different approach to M&A. In LAVA, I’ve found a perfect alignment between their ethos and my outlook on M&A, with a shared appreciation of the importance of incorporating non-traditional backgrounds into the process and the value that this can bring to clients. I feel very fortunate to be part of a team of such diverse talent.

Clare Stockdale Associate Director, LAVA Advisory Partners

We’re thrilled to have Clare onboard. Her extensive experience and diverse skill set ensure we can seamlessly guide clients through strategic planning, translating it into financial action. Clare’s dedication to owner-managed businesses, her vision for unlocking value, and her embrace of both creative and strategic thinking excite us for the future.

Hamish Martin Partner, LAVA Advisory Partners

With the addition of Clare, alongside hires including Loïc Bourdonnec and Rob Telkman, LAVA’s technical offering is causing a splash in the M&A market which is being seen in recent pitch wins. Coupled with their technical experts, their commitment to bringing onboard individuals from varied backgrounds with complementary skill sets becomes a distinct advantage.

This recruitment strategy ensures LAVA is continuously equipped with fresh perspectives, innovative problem-solving, and a creative mindset, delivering unmatched M&A outcomes each time. 


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