The 2018 winners

Private Equity Firm of the Year sponsored by HMT LLP

Which PE houses have done the deals? You can nominate a PE firm for a specific deal or a raft of transactions – and they can be Thames Valley or even London based, providing the deal was ‘on patch’.


Connection Capital



Other finalists:

  • BGF
  • Inflexion
  • LDC
  • Maven Capital Partners
  • NVM

Alternative Lender of the Year sponsored by Vail Williams

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


Leumi ABL



Other finalist:

  • The FSE Group/Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator

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.


Rob Wood – Osborne Clarke



Other finalists: 

  • Rob Hayes, Penningtons Manches
  • Andrew Peddie, Gateley plc
  • Stephanie Perry, Pitmans Law
  • Sara Valentine, Osborne Clarke

Due Diligence Team sponsored by Coffin Mew

Which DD team has done the best work in the qualifying year. Nominations should include testimonials where possible.




Highly Commended

Crowe Clark Whitehill


Other finalists: 

  • BDO
  • KPMG
  • RSM
  • Wilson Partners

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. Nominations can come from the company itself, or from advisers and funders working with the target or acquirer.


Hogg Robinson



Other finalists:

  • Alpha FX
  • Clifford Thames
  • Hunter Macdonald
  • TeamSport

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.


Wendy Hart – Grant Thornton



Other finalists: 

  • Simon Davies, Spectrum Corporate Finance
  • Clive Hatchard, Spectrum Corporate Finance
  • Ian Milne, Spectrum Corporate Finance
  • Andrew Thomson, HMT LLP

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? Nominations should specify key deals and the strength of the team. Testimonials would be appreciated by judges.


Gateley Plc



Other finalists: 

  • IBB Solicitors
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Penningtons Manches
  • Pitmans Law
  • Shoosmiths

Corporate Finance Team of the Year sponsored by HSBC

The top deals firm. Which firm has advised on the headline deals of the year? Again, testimonials would be appreciated.


Spectrum Corporate Finance



Other finalists: 

  • Grant Thornton
  • James Cowper Kreston
  • Wilson Partners

Bank of the Year sponsored by Crowe

Which bank is the go-to funder of deals? Has one bank shone through in 2017, doing deals where others fear to tread? Testimonials would be welcome alongside the nomination forms.





Other finalists: 

  • Clydesdale Bank
  • Lloyds
  • NatWest
  • Santander

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.

Joint Winners

David Wrench – Grant Thornton
Mark Metcalfe – Gateley Plc



Other finalists:

  • Richard Boyden, Spectrum Corporate Finance
  • Adrian Howells, HMT LLP
  • Mark Kennedy, Deloitte 
  • Miles Otway, Connection Capital

Small Deal of the Year – under £10m sponsored by Deals Update Online

The small deal of the year.


Rowan International MBO supported by Connection Capital

– involving Gateley, Connection Capital, John Cleland, Lloyds Bank, HMT.



Other finalists:

  • Acturis Group acquisition of ICE InsureTech
  • Indigo Telecom Group acquisition of Belcom247
  • NVM Private Equity investment in Knowledgemotion
  • LDC investment in IP Solutions
  • Xeretec acquisition of Landscape Holdings

Mid-range Deal of the Year – £10m to £50m sponsored by Shoosmiths

The mid-range stand-out deal.


Winner: Roc Technologies growth supported by BGF

– involving Grant Thornton, Osborne Clarke, Shoosmiths, BGF, HSBC, Crowe Clark Whitehill, KPMG.

Mid Deal


Other finalists:

  • Lucid Group Communications, MBO
  • Magal Engineering sale to Arlington Industries
  • SecurEnvoy reverse takeover by Shearwater Group
  • Tempcover, MBO supported by Connection Capital
  • XP Power acquisition of Comdel Inc

Large Deal of the Year – over £50m sponsored by The Business Magazine

The major transaction of the year.


Xtrac acquisition by Inflexion/MBO

– involving Cavendish Corporate Finance, PwC, Shoosmiths, Boyes Turner, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Hogan Lovells, Inflexion PE, HSBC, Deloitte, Roland Berger, Hazelwoods.

Large Deal


Other Finalists

  • Hogg Robinson Group plc sale to Global Business Travel (Amex) and Visa
  • Clifford Thames sale to OE Connection Inc
  • Alpha FX Group plc, AIM IPO
  • Readypower Engineering, MBO backed by Primary Capital Partners
  • TI Fluid Systems IPO – listing on main market

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