Private Equity Firm of the Year Sponsored by CMA Recruitment Group

Winner – LDC



Altitude Partners

Meridian Growth Capital

Lawyer of the Year sponsored by Meridian Corporate Finance

Winner – Steve Cole (Blake Morgan)



Peter Jeffery (Moore Blatch)

Stephen Porter (Shoosmiths)

Management Team of the Year sponsored by PwC

Winner – CT Automotive – David Wilkinson



CEGA Group – Alistair Hardie

Hendy Group – Paul Hendy, Simon Gulliford and Jonathan Moritz

Stewart Signs – Anthony Townson

Due Diligence Team of the Year sponsored by Clarke Willmott

Winner – RSM






Corporate Finance Team of the Year sponsored by HSBC

Winner – Meridian Corporate Finance




Spectrum Corporate Finance

Law Firm of the Year sponsored by Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Winner – Blake Morgan





Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year sponsored by Moore Blatch

Winner – Helen O’Kane (BDO)



Michael Barcia (Meridian Corporate Finance)

Stewart Lambert (James Cowper Kreston)

Darren  Miller (Spectrum Corporate Finance)

Darren Thompson (Meridian Corporate Finance)

Bank of the Year sponsored by Blake Morgan

Winner – HSBC


We all help in various ways

“The last 18 months have been incredibly busy for us, but bearing in mind all the difficult things that have been going on in society in recent weeks, I do think we all generally forget the difference that we can all make, everyone in this room can make, in assisting businesses and creating jobs. We (HSBC) don’t take that for granted. All the people on this stage tonight do an amazing job, as does everyone in this room, and it is a privilege for us to work with them.”

Anthony Reed, HSBC




Lloyds Banking Group

RBS NatWest

Young Dealmaker of the Year (Under 35) sponsored by The Business Magazine

Joint Winners – Philip Mettam (Meridian Corporate Finance) & Gemma Wild (HSBC)


The pride of working with amazing people

“I’m immensely proud and honoured, and also a little bit shocked. The reason is that there are many amazing people here today and I know them well, having worked with them for many years. It’s lovely to be recognised by such a group of fantastic people, all of whom are doing really great things.” 

Gemma Wild, HSBC




Oliver Kelly (Pitmans Law)

Lisa Sigalet (Shoosmiths)

Mat Wilson (Blake Morgan)

Small Deal of the Year (Under £10m) sponsored by IGF

Winner – Stewart Signs MBO



AndersElite MBO

Deacons Boatyard sale to Dean & Reddyhoff

Opus Telecom sale to NIX Communications

ProcessFlows sale to Konica Minolta

Mid-range Deal of the Year (£10m-£50m) sponsored by IGF

Winner – China Tool Projects/CT Automotive MBO



Dyer & Butler sale to First Reserve

Onecom acquisition of Evolve

Raymond Brown Minerals sale to Elysian Capital

Wellian Investments acquisition and IPO on AIM

Large Deal of the Year (over £50m) sponsored by CMA Recruitment Group

Winner – Hendy Automotive acquisition of Lifestyle Group


When the going gets tough . . .

“As a region, we have seen from the people in the room tonight the sheer energy and enthusiasm for what everyone is trying to achieve. Whatever goes on in the big bad world, we just show resilience and get on with things, as we always do. We showed a lot of resilience to get this deal done, and if the market gets tougher, we’ll just get tougher too.”

Paul Hendy, Hendy Group




University of Southampton bond issue

Utility Funding sale to Foresight Metering

Trustmarque Solutions sale to Capita