Deals Awards: Deals take centre stage in gala Awards evening

For the first time in four years, the Thames Valley Deals Awards stood proud in their own right at last night’s magnificent gala evening at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre. 

The event, attended by more than 250 guests from across the region’s dealmaking business community, underlines the powerful success of the corporate finance community throughout Reading, Oxford and the wider Thames Valley.

Opening the proceedings, David Murray, publisher of The Business Magazine, acknowledged that it had been an “ambitious step” to organise two separate Deals Awards events this year – one for the Thames Valley and one for Solent – but said the number and standard of nominations, together with the demand for tables, proved it was the right decision going forward.

He drew the audience’s attention to the fact that in the mid-market sector, deal volumes across the region had increased by some 13%; while in the South East, professional services and business services were the most active sectors, with IT accounting for 10% of deal flow.

Murray paid a special thank you to category sponsors Grant Thornton, HMT, HSBC, Leumi ABL, Lloyds Bank, Pitmans, PwC, Spectrum Corporate Finance and UBS for their support, and also paid tribute to the hard work of the judges.

Host for the evening was TV presenter Mark Durden-Smith, whose quick wit and sense of humour provided the perfect foil for the event’s heavyweight presentations.

In true corporate finance community style, the audience also dug deep into their pockets to support the evening’s charity table collection, which raised £2,854 for Brain Tumour Research.

To find out details of the awards winners, please see below.  Full details of the evening’s event will appear in the May issue of The Business Magazine

 

The Results:

 

Private Equity Firm of the Year – sponsored by Spectrum Corporate Finance LLP

The Private Equity Firm of the Year Award was won by NVM Private Equity

Nominees:

  • Business Growth Fund (BGF)
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • NVM Private Equity
  • Primary Capital

 

Lawyer of the Year – sponsored by Lloyds Commercial Banking

The Lawyer of the Year Award was won by Emma Gibson of Shoosmiths

Nominees:

  • Emma Gibson (Shoosmiths)
  • Hugh Jones (Osborne Clarke)
  • Rebecca Mauleverer (Shoosmiths)
  • David Tighe (Manches)

 

Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year – sponsored by HSBC

The Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year Award was won by Andrew Thomson of HMT

Nominees:

  • Duncan Lamb (Grant Thornton)
  • Kirsty Sandwell (Baker Tilly)
  • Andrew Thomson (HMT)

 

Management Team of the Year – sponsored by PwC

The Management Team of the Year Award was won by CloserStill

Nominees:

  • CloserStill
  • Ground Control
  • Kerridge Commercial Systems
  • TT Electronics

 

 

Law Firm of the Year Award – sponsored by Grant Thornton

The Law Firm of the Year was won by Manches

Nominees:

  • Manches
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Shoosmiths
  • Pitmans

 

 

Bank of the Year Award – sponsored by HMT LLP

The Bank of the Year Award was won by RBS

Nominees:

  • HSBC
  • Lloyds
  • RBS

 

Corporate Finance Team of the Year Award – sponsored by Leumi ABL

The Corporate Finance Team of the Year was won by Grant Thornton

Nominees:

  • Baker Tilly
  • Grant Thornton
  • HMT LLP
  • Spectrum Corporate Finance

 

 

Dealmaker Award (under £25m) – sponsored by Pitmans

The Dealmaker of the Year Award (under £25m) was won by James Austin of BGF

Nominees:

  • James Austin (BGF)
  • Duncan Lamb (Grant Thornton)
  • Andrew Thomson (HMT)

 

Dealmaker Award (over £25m) – sponsored by The Business Magazine

The Dealmaker of the Year Award (over £25m) was won by Kirsty Sandwell of Baker Tilly

Nominees:

  • Ian Barton (HMT)
  • Simon Davies (Spectrum)
  • Duncan Lamb (Grant Thornton)
  • Kirsty Sandwell (Baker Tilly)

 

Deal of the Year Award (under £25m) – sponsored by The Business Magazine

The Deal of the Year Award (Under £25m) was won by the Tessella team

Nominees:

  • 8el (disposal to Selection Services)
  • Serco Learning (disposal to Advanced Computer Software plc)
  • SGX Sensortech (management buyin)
  • Tessella (MBO)

 

Deal of the Year Award (over £25m) – sponsored by UBS

The Deal of the Year Award (over £25m) was won by the Xafinity team

Nominees:

  • CloserStill (disposal by NVM)
  • Leisure Pass Group (MBO)
  • Xafinity (CBPE Capital acquisition from Equiniti Group)

 

The Dealmaker and Deal of the Year categories were decided by keypad voting on the evening. You can download a copy of the awards evening program here.