2022 North West Rainmaker Awards shortlist revealed

Phil Adams collects the Rainmaker of the Year award in 2021

The shortlist for this year’s North West Rainmaker Awards has been revealed, highlighting the individuals and teams in the corporate finance sector who have enjoyed a strong year.

More than 40 firms were represented at last week’s judging day as the community came together to create the shortlists. A larger group will now vote online, on a “one firm, one vote” basis to select the winners.

Those winners will then be announced at the Rainmakers Summer Party on Thursday, June 30.

It will be hosted by comedian Zoe Lyons and held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, with the afterparty at the Alchemist.

The summer party will swap tuxedos and long speeches for an evening that looks to recognise and celebrate the best work and provide an opportunity to network with the leading individuals and firms in the region.

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Shelina Begum, North West editor at TheBusinessDesk.com, said: “The Rainmakers will be light on speeches with relaxed networking and a good time for everyone in the corporate finance community.

“We’re looking forward to a fun evening celebrating the successes of the year just gone.”

To find out more, visit www.rainmakerawards.uk

2022 North West Rainmakers Shortlist



Addleshaw Goddard
Hill Dickinson
Pinsent Masons
Squire Patton Boggs


Corporate Finance

Clearwater International
Grant Thornton
Houlihan Lokey
MHA Moore & Smalley
Zeus Capital


VC/Private Equity
ECI Partners
Foresight Group
Palatine Private Equity


OakNorth Bank
Shawbrook Bank
Tosca Debt Capital



Deals under £15m

  • Arete made a significant investment in education digital platform Vivify
  • Fintech business BankiFi secured £2.2m from Praetura Ventures and GMCA
  • Connect 2 Cleanrooms acquired by US-based Angstrom
  • Apprentify acquired Netcom Training, backed by £5m investment from BGF
  • APEM bought Irish business AQUAFACT, its second acquisition in seven months

Private Company Deal

  • LDC took a minority stake in healthcare specialist PAM
  • AI company Peak raised $75m in Series C funding
  • Matillion raised $150m in a funding round led by General Atlantic
  • Prime Global bought HCD Economics following investment from Levine Leichtman Capital
  • LDC invested £25m for minority stake in CTI

Public Markets Deal

  • Wejo joined the NASDAQ through a deal with special purpose acquisition company Virtuoso Acquisition
  • Identity specialist GB Group bought American group Acuant, supported by a £305m placing
  • musicMagpie floated on AIM, raising £110m
  • Victorian Plumbing floated on AIM, raising nearly £300m
  • LadBible owner LBG Media raised £111m as it floated on AIM

Private Equity Exit

  • Seneca Partners exited Wejo when the tech company joined the NASDAQ
  • Palatine achieved a 3.7x return from Verdant Leisure, when it was sold to Pears Partnership Capital
  • BGF exited Kids Planet with a 3x return when it was bought by Fremman Capital
  • LDC exited SRL Traffic Systems, when it was sold to 3i Infrastructure
  • DA Languages was bought by IK Partners, with Foresight exiting

M&A Deal

  • Inflexion bought ANS, to combine with existing investment UKFast
  • EG Group and TDR Capital’s £6.8bn takeover of Asda
  • Just Childcare was sold to Kids Foundation, with Phoenix exiting
  • Confused.com owner RVU bought Manchester-based Mojo Mortgages
  • Daisy Group acquired XLN Telecom in a £210m deal

International Deal

  • Chemical manufacturer Sentinel Performance Solutions was bought by Dutch company Aalberts
  • US group Acuant bought identity verification specialist Hello Soda
  • Radius Payment Solutions acquired Californian insuretech business Modus
  • Identity specialist GB Group bought American group Acuant, supported by a £305m placing
  • Blue Prism was acquired by US fintech giant SS&C for £1.24bn



Rising Star (under 35)

Pete Barkley – WestBridge
Hayley Brightmore – Knight Transaction Services
Harry Jones – BGF
Jacob Leone – LDC
Lizzy Tindall – Eversheds Sutherland


Claire Alvarez – Foresight Group
Beth Houghton – Palatine Private Equity
Nicola Merritt – Cortus Advisory
Charlotte Potts – Rickitt Mitchell
Jill Williams – Mercia


Dale Alderson – LDC
Mark Clephan – EY
Neil Inskip – BGF
Dominic Orsini – Houlihan Lokey
Oliver Tebbutt – Deloitte

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