KPMG in the UK announced the appointment of Neill Thomas as head of Corporate Finance and Andrew Nicholson as head of M&A.

Thomas will continue as KPMG’s global head of Capital Advisory and chair of the KPMG Makinson Cowell management board, responsible for a network of over 200 capital advisory practitioners located in centers of excellence covering all the world’s major capital markets. He was previously head of KPMG’s UK Debt Advisory business, where he acted as lead advisor to major companies including Britvic, InterContinental Hotels and William Hill.

Prior to joining KPMG in 2001, Thomas worked at Schroders for 15 years. During his career, he has advised companies and financial institutions in establishing more than £300 billion of financing.

Nicholson has more than 15 years of experience in M&A, with specialist expertise in the healthcare sector. During his career, he has owned and operated businesses, as well as advising companies, investors and management teams on acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and fund raisings.

Nicholson joined KPMG eight years ago from Rothschild, and has since built KPMG’s Healthcare M&A team. Recent examples include acting as lead advisor on the sale of Asteral to Permira; the sale of European Care Group and the sale of City & County to Graphite Capital.

Both will replace Richard Clarke, who held both roles before recently being appointed to head of investment management within the firm’s Financial Services practice.

In addition, Jonathan White becomes KPMG’s UK Head of Valuations, taking over from Doug McPhee, who continues as Global Head of Valuations.