Wendy Hart of Grant Thornton was named Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year at last night’s Thames Valley Deals Awards – the first woman to win the accolade in over 10 years of the awards.
Hart, a partner at Grant Thornton who heads up the firm’s corporate finance and strategic advisory team in the Thames Valley, and has over 20 years experience of advising clients on acquisitions, disposals, managements buyouts and raising finance, was voted top adviser of the year. She also leads the firm’s technology practice in the region.
Judges said she was one of the most experienced advisers in the region – someone who has led a good number of deals through the year, including some stand-out transactions.
Hart has led the team to one of its best ever years, with transactions completed totalling £300 million. Two of the top deals of the year – the sale of Magal Engineering and the complex Roc Technologies transaction – were highlights, and the pipeline is strong for 2018 and beyond.
Corporate Finance Team of the Year was Spectrum, the boutique firm that started in Reading and now also has offices in London and Southampton.
Judges said: “Spectrum has had another record year for deals… has expanded into smart new Thames Valley offices, and now lays claim to being the largest independent corporate finance boutique in the south.”
Spectrum completed 35 deals with a total value of £708m. The firm raised £267m of debt for lenders and management teams to support transactions and future growth.
It also completed 23 deals involving PE. Cross-border transactions involved companies in France, Canada, Australia, China and the US. Highlights included ICS Cool Energy sale to Ingersoll Rand; and the sale of Arts Alliance Media to Luxin-Rio.