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Cahal Dowds

Partner - Corporate Finance Advisory

Cahal Dowds

Cahal is Vice Chairman of Deloitte UK and Head of Private Markets & Advisory Corporate Finance.

Cahal is a partner in our London and Edinburgh offices and leads our Corporate Finance Advisory Business in the UK. He has advised on a significant number of large, complex transactions from a wide variety of sectors.


  • UK M&A and cross border transactions
  • Private Equity and Management team advisory services


  • Corporate Finance Advisory Partner in Deloitte since acquisition of RMD in 1999.
  • Founder of Rutherford Manson Dowds (RMD) in 1986 and went on to be the largest independent accountancy business in Scotland and was sold to Deloitte in 1999.
  • Cahal has been a Board Member and Executive Member of the Firm since September 2003.
  • At the age of 42, Cahal became the youngest ever President of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2002.


  • Disposal of Wood Mackenzie to Hellman & Friedman
  • Disposal of Barrie & Hibbert to Moody’s
  • Disposal of Sunseeker International
  • Disposal of Wood Mackenzie to Charterhouse
  • Disposal of Silverburn to Hammerson
  • Disposal of Macdonald Hotels
  • Disposal of Dobbies Garden Centres plc to Tesco plc
  • Disposal of Open & Direct
  • Disposal of Paymentshield Limited
  • Disposal of Fishers Services Limited
  • Disposal of Newell & Budge
  • Disposal of Clydeport plc
  • Disposal of Letts Filofax
  • Disposal of Footman James

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