Knight Corporate Finance has expanded its team following a surge in the number of investments and deals in the tech and telecoms sector.

The London and Warrington-based firm said the mid-market UK technology and telecoms sector has experienced record levels of investment in 2017 with more than 270 deals announced.

Following a "sustained period of growth", which sees Knight's deal account approach 90 transactions, the firm has made three key appointments.

Neeraj Dhuna and David Middleton have joined as corporate finance manager and corporate finance executive respectively.

Dhuna joins from Wilson Partners Corporate Finance where he worked on a number of deals including company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, fund raisings, financial due diligence and strategic reviews.

Middleton joins from Grant Thornton’s North West audit department, with specific experience in leading audits of owner managed business in a variety of sectors such as renewable energy, media, import and distribution and motor retail.

The third recruit is Ajay Shah, who joins as marketing and business development manager. He was previously responsible for bid management at ACC Liverpool where he oversaw millions of pounds worth of international bids and proposals.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Neeraj, David and Ajay - the success of the business allows us to attract and retain staff of the highest calibre that will ensure that we can drive the business forward,” said founder and director Paul Billingham.

The firm has also promoted Tom Jones to associate director. Jones has worked at Knight for over two years and has been instrumental in some of Knight's key deals this year including the YFM investment in 4net, the sale of Nexus to Elite Telecom, the investment by Maven in Hiring Hub and the sale of Freedom Communications.

Founded in 2008 by Paul Billingham and Adam Zoldan, Knight serve clients across the UK specialising in the telecommunications, media, technology (TMT) and eCommerce sectors.