2021 North West Rainmaker Awards shortlist revealed

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The shortlist for the 2021 North West Rainmaker Awards has been revealed, highlighting the most significant deals and successful teams in the region’s corporate finance community.

More than 30 senior people from across the community met virtually this week to draw up the shortlist.

The winners will now be chosen by votes from a much larger group, on a one vote per firm basis.

The awards take place on Thursday, September 9 at The Midland, Manchester.

Be part of our Rainmaker Awardsclick here to book your tickets.

Leading specialist recruitment company Michael Page has been confirmed as headline sponsor for this year’s awards.

 

Category sponsors include law firm CMS, Manchester venture capitalist firm, a2e Industries, and CurveBlock, the property fintech company.

Afterparty sponsor is The Alchemist and the event is being supported by Manchester-based MC2.

The 2021 awards and annual dinner will also support The Standing Tall Foundation as its chosen charity partner.

It is the seventh year of the Rainmaker Awards, which celebrates the deals, teams and individuals that have had the biggest impact in the previous year.

Shelina Begum, North West editor at TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “Despite the pandemic, the North West’s corporate finance community has had a busy year and the shortlist captures the breadth as well as strength of this sector.

“A huge thanks goes to all of our judges who provided much needed insight and debate.

“The corporate finance community plays a vital role in the region’s success and we are proud to highlight their work and celebrate their achievements.

“Due to the pandemic, the awards did not go ahead last year so we are excited it’s back and we look forward to revealing the winners at the awards dinner on September 9.”

There are four team awards (Legal, Corporate Finance, VC / Private Equity, Funder), six deals awards (Small Cap, International, Private Company, Private Equity Exit, M&A, and Public Markets) and three individual awards (Rising Star, Changemaker, and Rainmaker).

The judges considered deal activity that happened between April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, and the deals needed to involve a company based in the North West.

We were kindly assisted by Experian which provided the deals information, which was added to by the judges to ensure all of the relevant deals were considered.

Be part of our Rainmaker Awardsclick here to book your tickets.

 

NORTH WEST RAINMAKER AWARDS 2021 SHORTLIST

 

LEGAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

Addleshaw Goddard
DLA Piper
DWF
Gateley
Hill Dickinson
Squire Patton Boggs

 


 

CORPORATE FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Deloitte
Dow Schofield Watts
EY
GCA Altium
KPMG
PwC

 


VC / PRIVATE EQUITY TEAM OF THE YEAR

BGF
ECI Partners
Foresight Group
Inflexion
LDC
Northedge Capital

 


 

FUNDER OF THE YEAR

BOOST&Co
Close Brothers
HSBC
OakNorth Bank
Secure Trust Bank
Tosca Debt Capital

 


 

SMALL CAP DEAL OF THE YEAR (UP TO £15M)

Wejo’s £10m fundraising
August 2020
DIP Capital, Future Fund

Moda Furnishing’s £7m funding package
October 2020
Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper; Deloitte; Secure Trust Bank

Push Dr raised £13.7m in Series C funding
October 2020
Hill Dickinson, Mills & Reeve, Slaughter and May; Accelerated Digital Ventures; Draper Esprit, Encore Ventures

Node4’s acquisition of Starcom Technologies
February 2021
DWF; FinnCap, Spectrum Corporate Finance; EY

BGF invested £7.5m into Fulfilmentcrowd
March 2021
Squire Patton Boggs; BGF

AutoCoding Systems was bought by American technology group JBT
March 2021
Irwin Mitchell

 


 

INTERNATIONAL DEAL OF THE YEAR

Clubhouse Golf was bought by German retailer all4golf
April 2020
Squire Patton Boggs; Clearwater International, EY; Foresight Group; Grant Thornton

American PE firm Hudson Hill Capital acquired InXpress Global
November 2020
Squire Patton Boggs; KPMG, Park Place Corporate Finance; Hudson Hill Capital

JD Sports acquired Californian sportswear retailer Shoe Palace
December 2020
Addleshaw Goddard; EY

EG Group bought OMV’s German business
December 2020
Morgan Stanley; EY

THG acquired American beauty products business Dermstore
December 2020
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Deloitte, KPMG, Stifel/KBW

American insurance group Gallagher acquired The Bollington Wilson Group
January 2021
DWF, Stephenson Harwood; Dow Schofield Watts, KPMG; Inflexion Private Equity; Deloitte

 


 

PRIVATE COMPANY DEAL OF THE YEAR

Peak AI raised $33m over two funding rounds
April 2020 / February 2021
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LDC invested £36m in Rhino Products
November 2020
DWF, Hill Dickinson; GCA Altium, Grant Thornton, HSBC; LDC; KPMG

NorthEdge Capital invested in Helios Medical Communications
January 2021
Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons, Squire Patton Boggs; Alantra, BDO, DC Advisory; HSBC, NorthEdge Capital

Matillion raised $100m
February 2021
Shoosmiths; Battery Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Silicon Valley Bank

Orka Technology Group raised £29m
February 2021
Sonovate; British Business Bank

LDC invested £30m into Wireless CCTV
March 2021
Addleshaw Goddard, Squire Patton Boggs; EY, GCA Altium, KPMG; LDC; EY

 


 

PRIVATE EQUITY EXIT OF THE YEAR

Foresight Group exited Clubhouse Golf after its sale to all4golf
April 2020
Squire Patton Boggs; Clearwater International, EY; Foresight Group; Grant Thornton

LDC sold Fishawack to Bridgepoint
April 2020
Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Hill Dickinson; KPMG, Bridgepoint Capital, LDC

HG Capital exited Citation, before re-investing alongside KKR
August 2020
Addleshaw Goddard, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Weil Gotshal & Manges; Deloitte, Jefferies International, OC&C Strategy Consultants; HG Capital, KKR & Co

ECI invested into Mobysoft, with Livingbridge exiting
September 2020
DLA Piper, Squire Patton Boggs; GCA Altium; PwC; ECI Partners, Livingbridge; EY

LDC exited Ellis Whittam on Marlowe’s £59m acquisition
October 2020
Fieldfisher, DWF; Clearwater, Cenkos Securities, Grant Thornton, Johannes Berenberg & Gossler, Stifel/KBW

3i acquired animal food manufacturer MPM Products from ECI Partners
November 2020
Ropes & Gray, Squire Patton Boggs; PwC; 3i Group, ECI Partners

 


 

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR

Palatine’s acquisition of NRG Fleet Services
October 2020
DWF, Gateley; Deloitte, Rothschild; Palatine Private Equity

British Engineering Services purchase of Lantei
December 2020
Napthens, Pinsent Masons; Deloitte, Dow Schofield Watts, MHA Moore & Smalley

Bestway Group’s acquisition of Costcutter
December 2020
CMS; PwC

SGS’s purchase of Concept Life Sciences
January 2021
Addleshaw Goddard, DWF; KPMG, RSM

Boohoo’s purchase of Debenham assets
January 2021
TLT; Lazard, Zeus Capital; FTI Consulting; Jefferies International

Bridges Fund Management bought Matrix Telematics
March 2021
KPMG, Clearwater International

 


 

PUBLIC MARKETS DEAL OF THE YEAR

Blue Prism raised £100m
April 2020
CMS; Investec Bank

Boohoo raised nearly £200m, and bought the remaining 34% of prettylittlething
May 2020
TLT, Addleshaw Goddard; Zeus Capital; Jefferies International

The Hut Group’s £1.87bn IPO
August 2020
DWF; Barclays Bank, Citigroup, GP Bullhound, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, Jefferies International, Numis Securities, Rothschild; EY

N Brown raised £100m
November 2020
Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds Sutherland, Macfarlanes, Pinsent Masons; Jefferies International, Rothschild, Shore Capital

Accrol Group bought Leicester Tissue Company and raised £42.6m
November 2020
Addleshaw Goddard; Deloitte, Liberum Capital, Zeus Capital

Supreme floated on AIM, raising £67.5m
January 2021
Beyond Corporate, DWF; Grant Thornton; BDO; Johannes Berenberg & Gossler

 


 

RISING STAR (UNDER 35)

Annika Unsworth, Eversheds Sutherland
Dan Matkin, NorthEdge Capital
Gabrielle Worrall, GCA Altium
Harry Jones, BGF
Matt Canipa, Squire Patton Boggs
Matt Furness, GCA Altium

 


 

CHANGEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Claire Alvarez, Foresight Group
Jessica Jackson, GC Angels
Jill Williams, Mercia Asset Management
Nicola McQuaid, NorthEdge Capital
Pinesh Mehta, BGF
Stephanie Wall, Palatine Private Equity

 


 

RAINMAKER OF THE YEAR

Adrian Reed, GCA Altium
Giles Chesher, Squire Patton Boggs
Grant Berry, NorthEdge Capital
Mark Clephan, EY
Nick Cowles, Zeus Capital
Phil Adams, GCA Altium

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