Finalists for this year’s awards are revealed below.

The Thames Valley Region

Private Equity Firm of the Year sponsored by HMT LLP

Which PE houses have done the deals; either a specific deal or a raft of transactions? The PE firm can be Thames Valley or even London based, providing the deal was ‘on patch’.

The Finalists

Connection Capital
NVM Private Equity
YFM Equity Partners

Non-Bank Lender of the Year sponsored by Quantuma

Who stands out for asset-based funding, or is there a crowdfunder who is helping to support deals in the region? Any non-bank funder is eligible in this category.

The Finalists

Beechbrook Capital
Leumi ABL


Lawyer of the Year sponsored by BDO

Awarded to the top deals lawyer in the region – the go-to lawyer who stands out, for one specific deal, or for their entire portfolio through the year.

The Finalists

Andrew Peddie – Gateley Plc
Sara Valentine – Osborne Clarke
Rob Wood – Osborne Clarke
Sanjeev Sharma – Shoosmiths
Adam Dowdney – IBB Solicitors
Jeremy Parkes – Field Seymour Parkes

Management Team of the Year sponsored by PwC

This award is for the management team that has taken its company through an acquisition, management buyout or other transaction and has proved post-deal that it is now scaling new heights. 

The Finalists

Capital Economics
Martin Audio
Peter Brett Associates
Wireless Logic


Due Diligence Team sponsored by Coffin Mew

The DD team which has done the best work in the qualifying year. 

The Finalists

Wilson Partners

Corporate Finance Team of the Year sponsored by HSBC

The top deals firm. Which firm has advised on the headline deals of the year? 

The Finalists

Grant Thornton
James Cowper Kreston
Spectrum Corporate Finance

Law Firm of the Year sponsored by Grant Thornton

Awarded to the stand-out law firm for deals in the region. Which law firm has had the best year? 

The Finalists

Field Seymour Parkes
Gateley Plc
IBB Solicitors
Osborne Clarke
BDB Pitmans

Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year sponsored by Gateley Plc

Awarded to the key dealmaker of the year. Based on a portfolio of deals or even one specific deal that took skill and perseverance to get across the line.

The Finalists

Andrew Thomson – HMT
Clive Hatchard – Spectrum Corporate Finance
Duncan Lamb – BDO
Ian Barton – Quantuma
Sami Fairris – KPMG
Stewart Lambert – James Cowper Kreston

Bank of the Year sponsored by Crowe

Which bank is the go-to funder of deals? Has one bank shone through in 2018, doing deals where others fear to tread? 

The Finalists


Young Dealmaker (under 35) sponsored by IBB Solicitors

The up-and-coming dealmaker who is making their mark. This award can go to a corporate finance adviser, a banker, lawyer or a PE funder.

The Finalists

Michael Mackintosh – BDO
Paul Tillstone – Grant Thornton
Gemma Legg – KPMG
Kiran Dhesi – Shoosmiths 
Max Whitehead – BDO
Sarah Souter – Gateley Plc

Small Deal of the Year – under £10m sponsored by Shoosmiths

The small deal of the year.

The Finalists

Arden Group – acquisition by babble cloud holdings
HeleCloud – investment by BGF
The Royal Berkshire Shooting School – acquisition by James Purdey
Smyle Creative – investment by Rockpool and Chad Lion Cachet
Primal Pantry – investment by NVM Private Equity
Majenta PLM – acquisition by Cutting Edge Solutions backed by BGF

Mid-range Deal of the Year – £10m to £50m sponsored by NVM Private Equity

The mid-range stand-out deal.

The Finalists

Martin Audio – MBO backed by LDC
Miles 33 – MBO backed by Ethos Partners
Shuttercraft – MBO backed by Beechbrook Capital
Mode Print Solutions – MBO backed by Connection Capital
GTK – acquisition by Volex plc
UAP – secondary buyout backed by Maven
Peter Brett Associates – acquisition by Stantec
The Appointment Group – acquisition by Apiary Capital

Large Deal of the Year – over £50m sponsored by Quercus Corporate Finance

The major transaction of the year.

The Finalists

ByBox – exit by LDC, investment by Francisco Partners
Capital Economics – secondary buyout
MWR InfoSecurity – sale to F-Secure Corporation
SDL – acquisition of Donnelly Language Solutions
Wireless Logic – acquisition by Montagu