Henry Wells has  joined advisory and capital raising services firm finnCap Group as head of consumer.

He was previously head of UK mergers and acquisitions at Duff & Phelps and head of leisure and retail at Close Brothers Corporate Finance.

Wells has more than 20 years experience in advising both listed and private mid-market companies, investors, founders and management teams in the travel, leisure and retail sectors on a range of corporate finance transactions.

Sam Smith, chief executive of finnCap Group, said: “Consumer is one of finnCap’s leading franchises and a sector with huge opportunities, as we are witnessing rapid growth and change across the whole spectrum of retail, hospitality and travel.

“Henry’s strong experience and background will help the team strengthen and unify its diverse range of services across both private and public markets, enabling us to deliver strong ideas and opportunities for our clients in this industry.”

Wells added: “We have big plans to grow the consumer business and to expand the way FinnCap supports the growing ambitions of our consumer clients in both the private and the public markets.

“The team is already in a position of huge strength – it has completed some great recent transactions and has a good pipeline; it has strong expertise in many of the consumer sub-sectors and it has highly experienced individuals leading the different product offerings.”