Addleshaw Goddard's number one ranked Corporate team is further strengthening its position and capability with the hire of experienced dealmaker Pete Wood from Pinsent Masons.

Pete, who joins the team as partner in the firm's Leeds office, has a wealth of experience in Private Equity and M&A, advising clients across a broad range of sectors including retail, financial services, manufacturing and consumer goods.

Garry Elliott, Partner at Addleshaw Goddard stated: "We are delighted that Pete is joining us. Pete's experience, his relationships and his character, combined with his proven track record of deal leadership, will further enhance our team, and his way of working fits well with our culture and approach to clients and transactions. His hire is testament to our ambition to remain as the number one Corporate team operating in the region and will in particular bring further Private Equity experience and capability to our local and national teams."

Pete Wood commented: “After over 20 successful years at Pinsents, I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the corporate team at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds. Their reputation for working on high quality transactions for high quality clients is second to none and their reputation as one of the finest corporate law firms in the North is well deserved. I am looking forward to working with the team there to help continue their impressive growth in the local market place”.

Addleshaw Goddard's Corporate team continues to cemented its leading position in the UK mid-market by closing over 40 transactions in 2016, worth approximately £6 billion. The Yorkshire team has also advising on transactions worth over £1bn during 2016/2017 including; Go Outdoors to JD Sports, the proposed investment into M.K.M. Building Supplies by Bain Capital, R&R Ice Cream's JV with Nestlé, William Jackson Food Group's acquisition of the Food Doctor, the exits of North Edge from Sumo Digital and Fine Industries, the LDC backed acquisition of PAW Structures and Elysian Capital's investment in Fastflow Group.