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2023 Solent Deals Awards finalists announced

Solent Deals Awards 2023
10 February 2023

Finalists have been announced for the Solent Deals Awards 2023.

Award sponsors and independent judges assessed many entries from banks, corporate finance specialists, management teams, dealmakers, law firms, lenders, private equity firms and more – across 14 award categories to decide their finalists.

The Solent’s corporate finance event of the year is once again returning to the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on the 23rd of March 2023, and back by popular demand to guide us through the evening is the brilliant Mark Durden-Smith.

As always, the room will be filled with all the biggest names in the region, representing the full gamut of talent in the Solent region’s corporate finance sector.

The deals market has been very active and entries were of a very high calibre. All those in attendance on the night will be able to cast their votes to decide who wins the small, mid-range and large deals of the year. 

We at The Business Magazine would like to thank our sponsors and judges and in particular, our independent judges who reviewed all nominations to ensure the selection process was fair – we are hugely grateful for their input. 

The headline sponsor for this event is UBS and category sponsors are Shawbrook Bank, CMA Recruitment Group, Ellis Jones Solicitors, Pangea Life, Biscoes Solicitors, Meridian Corporate Finance, James Cowper Kreston, Paris Smith, Azets UK, Trethowans and Barclays.

Visit the event page to book your tickets now.

The Finalists are...

Bank of the Year – sponsored by Meridian Corporate Finance  

  • HSBC UK 
  • NatWest  
  • Santander  
  • Shawbrook  

Banker of the Year – sponsored by James Cowper Kreston  

  • Gareth Evans – HSBC UK 
  • Simon Finch – NatWest 
  • Mikael Rosen – NatWest 
  • Matt Shaw – Santander 
  • Antony White – NatWest 

Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year – sponsored by Ellis Jones Solicitors  

  • Gemma Legg – KPMG 
  • Nigel Le Bas – Grant Thornton 
  • Philip Mettam – Meridian Corporate Finance 
  • Darren Miller – FRP Corporate Finance 
  • Helen O’Kane – BDO 

Corporate Finance Team of the Year – sponsored by Biscoes Solicitors  

  • Azets  
  • BDO
  • FRP Corporate Finance  
  • James Cowper Kreston  
  • KPMG  
  • Meridian Corporate Finance 

Due Diligence Team of the Year – sponsored by Sightline

  • BDO  
  • James Cowper Kreston  
  • PwC  

Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by Azets  

  • BDB Pitmans  
  • Blake Morgan  
  • Moore Barlow  
  • Paris Smith  
  • Shoosmiths  
  • Trethowans  

Lawyer of the Year

  • Steve Cole – Trethowans 
  • Lucy Gleisner – Trethowans 
  • Oliver Kelly – BDB Pitmans 
  • Jeremy Over – Moore Barlow 
  • Lisa Sigalet – Shoosmiths 

Management Team of the Year – sponsored by Barclays  

  • Nourish Care  
  • Workdry International   
  • Zenergi   

Non-bank Lender of the Year – sponsored by Ellis Jones  

  • Leumi ABL  
  • MSP Capital  
  • Onyx Money  
  • SME Capital  

Private Equity Firm of the Year sponsored by Pangea Life  

  • BGF  
  • Connection Capital  
  • Meridian Growth Capital 
  • YFM Equity Partners 

Young Dealmaker of the Year sponsored by Shawbrook Bank  

  • Danny Vallis – KPMG 
  • Guy Pope – BGF 
  • James Vallence – BDO 
  • Jack Griggs – James Cowper Kreston 
  • Louis Nutland – Azets 
  • Prabin Sunar – Meridian Corporate Finance 

Large Deal of the Year – sponsored by Paris Smith

  • Acquisition of Lifeline24 by Appello.
  • Investment into ITS Technology by Aviva
  • Sale of Workdry International to Arcus Infrastructure Partners
  • Zenergi sale to ECI

Mid-range Deal of the Year – sponsored by CMA Recruitment Group

  • Berry Technologies Group sale to Babble
  • FourteenFish sale to EMIS
  • Lascar Electronics and Corintech sale to CIMSense
  • LuxuryCare acquisition of Kingsman House
  • MBO of CJR Propulsion
  • MBO of Partnering Health (PHL)

Small Deal of the Year – sponsored by Trethowans

  • Blue Rock Systems sale to Aptech Business Systems
  • Inspire Accountants sale to Azets
  • MBO of Elecon UK
  • McCarthy Marland acquisition of Hughes and Salvidge
  • Sale of Vision Logistical Solutions
  • SAL Scientific sale to Advanced Instruments


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