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Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis - Director, Optima Corporate Finance

Philip Ellis

Managing Director

and Founder

E: Philip@optimacf.com

M: +44 (0) 7973 625 211

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Philip is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified aged 22 and holds the Corporate Finance Qualification. He specialises in advising recruitment businesses, principally on acquisitions and disposals but also on valuations, fundraising and exit strategies. His first deal in the recruitment sector was in 1996, since when he has advised on over 100 transactions.

In 2001 Philip founded and floated Staffing Ventures plc on AIM. Staffing Ventures initially backed recruitment start ups, then diversified into support services and domiciliary care and rebranded to Supporta plc. Philip was on the board until 2006 by when the market capitalisation had reached £56m.

Clients have ranged from privately owned businesses to public companies and international recruitment groups. Philip’s focus is always on providing suitable advice, tailored to a client’s circumstances.

Recent transactions have included sales to overseas corporates and advising a Japanese listed corporate on their first UK acquisition. Alongside these deals, Philip has completed numerous UK transactions.

Philip contributes regularly to the recruitment press, has presented numerous seminars, is a judge for awards and contributes to panel discussions.