Mid-market private equity investor LDC says it has strengthened its commitment to supporting the growth of companies across the South West and Wales by appointing Oliver Schofield as an Investment Director for the region.
Schofield joins LDC from Goldman Sachs, where he was part of the Leveraged Finance team, supporting clients across the TMT and Industrials sectors.
Prior to this, he worked at RBC Capital Markets, and he has wide-ranging experience in financing private equity buyouts and corporate transactions across Europe.
In his new role, Schofield will be responsible for identifying potential investment opportunities, leading transactions and supporting the management teams of LDC’s portfolio businesses as they pursue their growth ambitions.
He said: “LDC fully deserves its reputation as the leading mid-market private equity firm across the South West & Wales.
“I am delighted to be joining the team to continue to build on its success and, having grown up in Bath, am looking forward to helping business leaders across my home region.
The appointment follows a successful period for LDC in the South West & Wales.
In the past 12 months, the team has backed independent television production company Plimsoll Productions in a deal valued at £80m and outdoor adventure business Zip World in a deal valued at £45m.
The team has also supported the continued growth of heating solutions business ADEY, which recently ranked in the 2019 Sunday Times International Track 200 for being among Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales.
Dewi Hughes, Head of LDC in the South West & Wales, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Oliver to the team. He brings fresh expertise and experience and will be a valuable addition to LDC and the management teams we support.
“Oliver’s enthusiasm and dedication fit perfectly with our commitment to supporting mid-market businesses across the South West & Wales realise their growth ambitions.
“We aim to continue to recruit as a result of the many opportunities that we see in our region.”
To date, LDC’s South West & Wales team has invested more than £225million to support the growth of businesses in the region.