Cavu Coporate Finance

Deep understanding of the private equity market

Experts in strategic positioning and selling to large corporate buyers

Local Advice, International Reach

Maximising Shareholder Value

The Team

Meet the Cavu Team

Shawn Bone

Managing Director

Shawn established Cavu CF in 2013 following over 25 years senior deal making experience with PwC, Deloitte and BTG Corporate Finance. Shawn has a strong track record on delivering shareholder value for clients and has a particular strength in private equity transactions and selling to large corporate buyers. Shawn is recognised as one of the leading dealmakers in the North East, and won Dealmaker of the year in 2017 and 2018.

Thomas Brunsnes


Thomas is a Director at Cavu CF and is responsible for leading all project assignments and identifying deals. Thomas has previous experience of both lead advisory and due diligence. Thomas previously worked at BDO and BTG Corporate Finance advising a range of companies and has over a decade worth of deal making experience.

Fiona Douglas


Fiona is a Director at Cavu CF, having previously spent more than a decade at PwC. Fiona assists the transaction team and is responsible for the internal finance function.

Sahil Nayyar


Sahil is a Director at Cavu CF and is responsible for leading and supporting a wide range of sellside and buyside M&A transactions. He has established himself as one of the leading dealmakers, proving an ability to deliver excellent value for clients. Sahil has over a decade worth of experience advising clients, and previously worked at a large regional practice, where he qualified as a chartered accountant and latterly worked in their corporate finance team.

Philip Ballantyne


Philip joined Cavu in 2022 as a Chartered Accountant, and has over 7 years of professional services experience at a large regional accountancy firm. Philip assists the team on M&A transactions. Outside of work Philip enjoys playing rugby and hiking in the Lake District

Will Douglas


Will’s role includes supporting the transaction team on a variety of projects. Will is currently studying towards his ICAEW qualification.

Advisory Board

David Wilkinson


David was previously the Senior Partner of Deloitte Newcastle for c. 30 years. David is currently Chairman of Cavu CF and also holds a number of additional non-executive positions across the North East.

Cavu are first class at providing robust, senior led, independent advice. I'd have no problem recommending Stephen and his team to any entrepreneurs who need Corporate Finance advice or help.

Matt Lowe, CEO, LNT Group

The service provided by the Cavu team was exceptional – they took the time to understand our business and listened to what Nick and I wanted from the deal, and pursued what was in the best interest of Kykloud and its Shareholders.

Ed Bartlett, CEO, Kykloud

Cavu led the deal for us from start to finish, securing the optimum investment solution and structuring the deal to meet our deal objectives. We would have no hesitation recommending them to any other business looking to raise private equity or development capital.

Lee Hartley, CEO, Fairstone Group

I am very grateful to the Cavu Corporate Finance team - they spent time understanding our business and listening to what we wanted from a deal and that was important to me

Neil Armstrong, CEO, Fastflow Group

We were delighted that Shawn Bone from Cavu Corporate Finance led and structured the deal for J&B. Their advice and knowledge of the development capital market was invaluable and enabled us to secure £7.5m equity for our growth plans from BGF.

Vikki Jackson-Smith, MD, J&B Recycling