Stephen Drew, Partner and Head of International Services at Smith & Williamson, will be joining the Birmingham office on 1 May as Professional Services Regional Managing Partner.
Stephen has been with Smith & Williamson for 20 years, advising on internationally active businesses with significant operations outside of the UK and those looking at setting up in the UK. Stephen has an audit background and specialises in financial due diligence and reporting accountancy work. Additionally, Stephen is a member of the firm’s Scale Up leadership team and a committee member at the Scale Up Institute.
Stephen brings with him a wealth of client experience, and aims to build an audit presence in the Birmingham office, building transactional and professional service capabilities. He will continue leading international growth plans for the firm.
Stephen said: “I am excited for this chance to manage an office of fantastic and talented people. I will be bringing a core corporate offering to the Birmingham office, so that we can offer the full range of services to Midlands-based clients and contacts. This is a really exciting opportunity for growth, both for us, and for the businesses in Birmingham we will be working with. My work within the Scale Up community provides an insight into what growing businesses are doing, both domestically and internationally.”
Smith & Williamson are investing in the Birmingham office through a series of senior staff hires. On 1 May Matt Watts will also be joining the Birmingham office from London as Head of Birmingham Business Tax Service (BTS). Matt is a tax specialist with experience advising on international group structures, tax aspects of acquisitions and disposals, and has also helped many of his clients make successful R&D tax credit claims.
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Smith & Williamson is an independently owned financial and professional services group. The firm is a leading provider of investment management, financial advisory and accountancy services to private clients, professional practices, entrepreneurs and mid-to-large corporates. The group’s c1,700 people operate from a network of twelve offices: London, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham, Dublin (City and Sandyford), Glasgow, Guildford, Jersey, Salisbury and Southampton.
Smith & Williamson Investment Management LLP is part of the Smith & Williamson group.
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