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Derek Watson

Partner, Advisory Services, Transactions & Restructuring
New York, NY, USA

  • Derek has served on over 350 transactions on both buy and sell side, ranging in value from $5 million to $50 billion and has served the firm’s leading global strategic and private equity clients.
  • Derek joined KPMG in 1991. After three years in the London audit practice and two years in Prague advising on Eastern Europe investments following the fall of the Iron Curtain, in 1996 he relocated to New York to help establish the firm’s U.S. Transaction Services practice. He was elected to the partnership in 2004, appointed partner-in-charge of the Midatlantic Transaction Services practice in 2006 and in 2009, Lead Partner of the Corporate TS Practice in the East Region of the US. He currently serves as a partner in the national Transactions & Restructuring practice, focusing on all aspects of the M&A and Corporate Development life-cycle.
Professional and Industry Experience
  • Derek has been providing deal advisory services since 1993 and has served on a broad range of both domestic and international transactions.
  • In addition to extensive international M&A, he also has experience in financial, operational, and industry due diligence, financially distressed businesses; strategic planning; forecasting; financial modeling; integration; negotiations; international accounting standards and deal structuring.
  • He is a speaker at conferences on Mergers & Acquisitions, a guest lecturer at Universities in the northeast U.S. and has contributed to various M&A press articles.
Representative Clients
  • Derek has extensive experience serving clients in various industries including, software, services, pharmaceuticals, industrial products and consumer products.
  • He has provided deal advisory for companies such as IBM, Pfizer,Novartis, Shiseido, Pepsi, GSK, Ingersoll-Rand, HSBC, ADP, Henkel, Celgene, EstéeLauder, Quest Diagnostics, Time Warner, Fuji, GE, Hitachi, Deutsche Bank, Celanese, Sealed Air, Goldman Sachs PE and One Equity Partners.
Function and Specialization
Derek leads the Corporate East Region of Transaction Services based in New York and focuses on Software and Services, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Products.

Education, Licenses & Certifications
  • MBA – Columbia University (Academic Award of Excellence for the highest academic performance)
  • Chartered Accountant, ICAEW, qualifying with first time passes.
  • BA – Accounting & Finance, Kingston University, London (with honors, MacIntyre Hudson award)

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