ISIS Equity Partners (ISISEP) is planning the opening of a new office in Leeds. This will represent a further strengthening of the ISISEP business in the region and builds on the relationships ISISEP has already established with the business and financial community in Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.The team in Leeds will be headed by Andy Lees who joins from Aberdeen Murray Johnstone’s Manchester office where he spent the last three years working on a variety of private equity deals. These included a £39m investment package for property services group Styles & Wood, the £16m BIMBO of aerospace group Brookhouse Holdings, the £15m MBO of coachbuilder Plaxtons, the £31m secondary buyout of building products business Palgrave Brown and the £7m MBO of publisher PSCA. Prior to joining Aberdeen Murray Johnstone, Lees was a director of corporate finance at Ernst & Young where he spent eight years advising on private equity transactions across the North of England.
Lees will be joined by James Hall from ISISEP’s Manchester office. Hall has nine years private equity experience, the majority of this time has been spent in the Leeds market. The office is scheduled to be formally open in the autumn.