Jacob identifies and supports ambitious management teams across the North West looking to take the next step in their growth journey with the backing of a private equity partner.

Since joining LDC in 2019, Jacob has supported the investments in artificial intelligence-based talent analytics platform Horsefly, digital agency CTIIEG4, a leading provider of innovation software solutions, Marmalade Game Studio, the UK’s leading developer of mobile, console and PC board games, Rhino Products, a designer and manufacturer of premium external load carrying and restraint systems for light commercial vehicles, Omniplex, a global digital learning provider and MSQ’s acquisition of Be Heard Group.

Jacob was previously an Associate Director in Grant Thornton’s M&A Corporate Finance team, where he worked on numerous mid-market private equity and corporate transactions. He has experience across a number of sectors including business services, consumer, technology and industrials.

Jacob qualified as an accountant whilst part of Grant Thornton’s audit team.

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LDC’s experience in helping software businesses to successfully expand across the US is second-to-none, but I was also looking for a genuine partner and I’ve found that in LDC. I’m excited about working with Jacob, Camilla and the team to deliver on our ambitious growth plans.”

Will Crandle, Founder and CEO

A Region in Rude Health: Assessing the North West M&A Market

Grant Goodwin and Jacob spoke to The Business Desk in the North West about the region’s M&A market, the challenges and opportunities facing management teams, and how they see the next few years evolving.

Read the full Q&A here
A Region in Rude Health: Assessing the North West M&A Market


Rising Star – Jacob Leone

North West Rainmakers Awards 2023