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2023 Thames Valley Deals Awards finalists announced

24 October 2023

Finalists have been announced for the Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley’s corporate finance event of the year is once again returning to the Select Car Leasing Stadium in Reading on 23rd November 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 Thames Valley region’s corporate finance sector.

The deals market has been 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. 

Category sponsors are HCR Law, BDB Pitmans, Gateley Legal, IBB Law, ThinCats, BDO LLP, Crowe UK, HMT LLP, LDC, R3vamp and Shawbrook Bank.

Visit the event page to book your tickets now.

The Finalists are...

Bank of the Year – sponsored by HCR Law 

  • HSBC UK 
  • Natwest 
  • Santander 
  • Shawbrook Bank 

Corporate to Corporate Deal of the Year sponsored by BDB Pitmans 

  • Andigestion Sale to Severn Trent Green Power  
  • Apollo Motor Group and Balgores Motors disposal to Steer Automotive
  • Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) sale to The Access Group  
  • Karali Group sale to Burger King  
  • Norman Global Logistics sale to Janssen Group of Companies  
  • Urban Planters investment by Rentokil Initial 

Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year sponsored by Gateley Legal 

  • Tim Armstrong - PwC 
  • Sami Fairris - KPMG LLP 
  • Wendy Hart - HMT LLP 
  • Clive Hatchard - FRP Corporate Finance 
  • Duncan Lamb - BDO LLP 
  • Ricky Lane - HMT LLP 
  • Stuart Williams - James Cowper Kreston Corporate Finance 

Corporate Finance Team of the Year sponsored by IBB Law 

  • BDO LLP 
  • FRP Corporate Finance 
  • Grant Thornton 
  • HMT LLP 
  • James Cowper Kreston Corporate Finance  
  • KPMG 
  • PwC 

Due Diligence Team of the Year sponsored R3vamp 

  • BDO LLP 
  • Crowe UK  
  • Grant Thornton LLP 
  • HMT LLP 
  • James Cowper Kreston Corporate Finance  
  • PwC 
  • RSM 
  • Wilson Partners 

Large Deal of the Year (Over £50m) – sponsored by BizNews 

  • Apollo Motor Group and Balgores Motors disposal to Steer Automo 
  • LDC’s exit and reinvestment in FSP  
  • Logiq Consulting investment by Phoenix Equity Partners 
  • Ridge & Partners investment from Horizon Capital  
  • Sale of Xtrac by Inflexion to MiddleGround Capital  
  • Select Car Leasing investment by Mobilize Financial Services  

Law Firm of the Year – sponsored by ThinCats 

  • BDB Pitmans 
  • Gateley Legal 
  • HCR Law 
  • Herrington Carmichael  
  • IBB Law  
  • Osborne Clarke 
  • Shoosmiths  

Lawyer of the Year sponsored by BDO LLP 

  • Adam Dowdney - IBB Law 
  • Robert Hayes - Osborne Clarke 
  • Mark Metcalfe - Gateley Legal 
  • Robert Rice - HCR Law 
  • Sanjeev Sharma - Shoosmiths  
  • Nina Smith - Shoosmiths  
  • Rachel Turner - HCR Law 

Mid-Range Deal of the Year (£10m-£50m) sponsored by Crowe UK  

  • Andigestion sale to Severn Trent Green Power  
  • Sale of OnePLM 
  • Dynamic Planner investment by FPE Capital LLP  
  • Intralink investment from Mobeus Equity 
  • Linstol sale to Hoffmann Family of Companies  
  • MBO of Leading Resolutions by NVM Private Equity
  • Vuealta Applications Division partial disposal to Anaplan 

Non-Bank Lender of the Year – sponsored by HCR Law 

  • Leumi ABL  
  • The FSE Group 
  • ThinCats 
  • Tower Leasing 
  • Triple Point 

Private Equity Firm of the Year sponsored by HMT LLP 

  • BGF 
  • Connection Capital 
  • LDC 
  • Maven Capital Partners 
  • NVM Private Equity 
  • YFM Private Equity 

Small Deal of the Year (under £10m) – sponsored by LDC 

  • Acquisition of Oxford ADHD  
  • Cardinality disposal to Elisa  
  • Manufacture 2030 Investment  
  • Matrix Electronics sale to Delta Impact  
  • MBO of Norwegian Log Homes  
  • MBO of SOS Leak Detection  

Young Dealmaker of the Year (under 35) – sponsored by Shawbrook Bank 

  • Ed Elliott - Crowe UK  
  • Jack Griggs - James Cowper Kreston 
  • Madhavi Morjaria - FRP Corporate Finance 
  • Jonathan Oliver - Maven Capital Partners 
  • Liam Pursall - BGF 
  • Helen Villiers - YFM Private Equity  
  • James Walker - PwC 

David Murray Outstanding Contribution of the Year – sponsored by The Business Magazine 

  • Tim Armstrong - PwC
  • Simon Davies - FRP Corporate Finance
  • Adam Dowdney - IBB Law 
  • Wendy Hart - HMT LLP 
  • Duncan Lamb - BDO LLP 
  • David Wrench - YFM Private Equity 

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