Sophie is responsible for Investment Origination for LDC across the Yorkshire region. Her role is to identify and build relationships with ambitious business owners and management teams that would benefit from private equity investment to accelerate growth.

Having joined LDC in January 2022, Sophie is based out of the Leeds office. Prior to LDC, she spent three years in the investment team of growth capital investor BGF, where her role encompassed investing into growing lower mid-market businesses and looking after two portfolio companies, as well as identifying new business opportunities.

Sophie began her career with over seven years at Deloitte, spending time working in both their London and Leeds offices. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, she joined their Corporate Finance practice where she advised a wide range of businesses on M&A, disposals, joint ventures, strategic reviews and acquisition searches.

Sophie also holds a degree in Economics from Durham University.

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I feel fortunate that I get to know so many interesting business leaders as part of my role. Learning about the stories and successes of local people and companies is really inspiring.”

Ask the experts: Life behind the scenes in a private equity firm

Sophie Isaacs and Ana-Maria Garaba joined the Yorkshire team of LDC in January 2022, just as the firm announced a new commitment to invest in at least 100 mid-market businesses nationally over the next five years. Here, they talk to us about their experiences so far.

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