Working with us


We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with our clients and always going the extra mile.

What our clients say...

“We have worked with Nicola, Jenny, James and the Cortus team on a couple of recent new investments as well as a number of bolt-on acquisitions into the portfolio. They provide day-to-day Partner level engagement throughout the deal, adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach to their work and are able to draw upon valuable sector expertise to provide a clear, concise and independent viewpoint on key deal assumptions. We look forward to working with the team again in the future”

Greg Holmes Impact Fund Investment Manager,
Palatine Private Equity LLP

"I have really appreciated all your help over the last six years and your willingness to get stuck in. The work you have done on our refinancing, and all our acquisitions has been a key element of our growth story. You have burnt the mid-night oil for us, worked crazy hours, and helped us achieve impossible deadlines – thank you."

Alan Ryder CEO, RSK Group Limited

"I was first put into contact with Nicola through a friend, who recommended her services. Over the past few months, she's surpassed all expectations and has become a fantastic mentor, connector and supporter. Her expertise in establishing businesses, developing teams and providing guidance on start-up finances has been invaluable. She's a clear communicator, excellent problem solver and always there with a friendly ear."

Vicky Wilson CEO and Co-Founder, Settld

"I have worked with Jenny on a number of key deals over the past five years. I find her highly commercial and credible with potential purchaser parties and have enjoyed working alongside her. Her style is collaborative, flexible and clear in all regards and I would have no hesitation working with her again."

Andrew Preston CEO GRI UK

"Cortus responded promptly and proactively to a slightly unusual brief to help top up a third party vendor side financial due diligence report in a very focused way within a tight timeframe.  They addressed that scope highly effectively, with partner Jenny Kirkham demonstrating great personal commitment and involvement throughout and working very collaboratively with Management and Company side-advisers.  The final output was very clear and concise and gave us the independent viewpoint on value critical deal assumptions we needed.  Many firms talk about a partner-led approach and the experience is different, but Cortus definitely deliver." 

Mathew Deering PArtner, tosca debt capital

"We have worked with Nicola for several years and she has assisted us with various portfolio acquisitions and refinancings. Her attention to detail mixed with a personable manner and commercial, pragmatic approach is second to none. She is a clear and confident communicator and always a pleasure to work alongside." 

Will Rawkins Investment Director, A2E Industries

"We use Nicola simply because you get Nicola. She is thorough and diligent in her core due diligence, but also commercial and flexible to the needs of both sponsor and target companies and very capable of navigating inevitable conflicts between buyer and seller. She is supremely committed to client service, always liaising efficiently with our other advisors, and always at the end of the phone to talk through complex issues. We would not hesitate to recommend Nicola."

Chris Kay Investment Director, FPE Capital

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for everything you have done for us – all delivered to a high standard with absolute professionalism yet with a human touch and humour thrown in."

Abigail Draper Finance Director, RSK Group Limited

“Jen and the team at Cortus undertook financial due diligence on a recent new investment. We got Partner level engagement throughout the whole deal, which helped to keep the process efficient by focussing on the key issues and taking a pragmatic and commercial approach. We’d be very happy to work with the team again on more opportunities in the future”


"Nicola has provided financial Due Diligence services to assist Kinaxia Logistics Group with its buy and build strategy since 2016. We chose to work with Nicola based on her experience in the logistics sector and her extensive Financial Due Diligence credentials. We have found Nicola to be knowledgeable and a highly competent operator in the M&A environment. She is always one step ahead and has a unique ability to quickly grasp both the detailed financial information and also the wider strategic picture. She understands what matters to us. We sincerely value her advice, support and insight."

Ben Warrilow Finance Director, Kinaxia Logistics

"Right from our initial meeting, I was impressed by the honest straight forward professional approach took by Jenny. It was clear to me that she would be impartial and would produce a report that would be independent yet understanding of my needs and outcomes. She knew how to engage with a company of our size and style. Jenny had a professional but personal approach that impressed and resonated with me, providing confidence for the task in hand. I would be delighted to work with Jenny again when the opportunity arises."

Ian Jackson MD and Founder of UK – Tec

"Jenny is a tough operator, and I have been grateful for her patience, tenacity and very professional overall contribution to our business."

Andrew Evans Former CFO of ENER-G PLC