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Baker Tilly lures trio from Begbies Traynor

Baker Tilly hiresBaker Tilly has strengthened its restructuring and recovery practice in Scotland with three senior hires from Begbies Traynor.

Paul Dounis joins as a partner and Kevin Lamb as a director, both of whom will be based in Edinburgh, while John MacLean joins the Glasgow office as director.

They will complement the existing senior restructuring and recovery team in Scotland which includes Glasgow-based Alistair Dickson, who joined as a partner earlier this year, and Keith Anderson, a partner based in Edinburgh.

Mr Dounis has more than 25 years of restructuring and insolvency experience gained in Sydney, London and Edinburgh. He specialises in business diagnostic reviews, developing business turnaround plans, working capital and cash management in crisis situations and exit management. He is also a licensed insolvency practitioner with experience of trading insolvency appointments across the retail, distribution and service sectors.

Mr Lamb is an ICAS qualified chartered accountant who is a turnaround and restructuring specialist. After training with one of the Big Four firms in Aberdeen and London, he moved out of practice, initially working for Starbucks Coffee before returning to Scotland to join motor group Glenvarigill.

Over a period of six years at Glenvarigill, he worked on a turnaround and exit programme, latterly as chief executive. In his new role, Mr Lamb will focus on turnaround, restructuring and recovery across a number of sectors.

Mr Maclean, also an ICAS qualified chartered accountant, initially trained at one of the Big Four firms, where he gained experience in audit, corporate finance and management consultancy.

He subsequently held a number of finance and advisory roles within the property development and banking sectors, most notably within the Bank of Scotland business support unit in Edinburgh where he was involved in developing turnaround or recovery strategies for large scale commercial or residential property companies. In his new role, he will have a particular focus on the real estate, financial services and social housing sectors.

Robert Ross, managing partner for Baker Tilly in Scotland, said: “They are all well known in restructuring circles locally, and their combined experience and specialist knowledge of banking, property, retail, telecoms and automotive will help enhance our offering in those sectors.”

Picture: Back row: Paul Dounis, John MacLean, Kevin Lamb. Front row (sitting): Keith Anderson, Alistair Dickson

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