2024 North West Rainmaker Awards shortlist revealed

The winners at the 2023 North West Rainmaker Awards

The shortlist has been revealed for the 2024 North West Rainmaker Awards.

More than 40 judges from across the region’s corporate finance sector met in Manchester to review the deals from the last 12 months, and to decide which teams and individuals have had the biggest impact.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 3 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Rainmaker Awards website.

Michael Page is the headline sponsor of the North West Rainmaker Awards, with Dow Schofield Watts, Gateley Legal, Gilbanks, and Rowan also supporting the event. Experian is the event’s data partner.

TheBusinessDesk.com’s North West editor Michael Taylor said: “Thanks to our judges for being part of a lively shortlisting process which ensures the community recognises the outstanding achievements.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the very best of the region’s corporate finance community at the awards dinner in July.”



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The 2024 North West Rainmaker Award Shortlist



Regional Legal Team

Browne Jacobson
Hill Dickinson
JMW Solicitors
Napthens Solicitors
Pannone Corporate

National Legal Team

Addleshaw Goddard
DLA Piper
Eversheds Sutherland
Pinsent Masons
Squire Patton Boggs

Regional Corporate Finance Advisory Team

Cortus Advisory
Dow Schofield Watts
Hurst Corporate Finance
Rickitt Mitchell

National Corporate Finance Advisory Team

Clearwater International
DC Advisory
Grant Thornton
Houlihan Lokey

VC/Private Equity Team

Foresight Group
Palatine Private Equity
Praetura Ventures

Debt Funder Team

OakNorth Bank
Virgin Money

Asset-based Lending Team

Arbuthnot Latham
Close Brothers Group
Cynergy Business Finance
Praetura Asset Finance
Secure Trust Bank

Due Diligence Team

Cortus Advisory
Dow Schofield Watts

Tax Advisory

Alexander & Co
Claritas Tax




Rising Star of the Year

Ryan Brown, Browne Jacobson
Tom Chappell, TDC
Grant Goodwin, LDC
Greg Holmes, Palatine
James Kennedy, Cowgills
Katie Parker, Addleshaw Goddard
Rachael Taplin, Palatine

Changemaker of the Year

Beth Houghton, Palatine
Catriona Lang, Dow Schofield Watts
Nicola Merritt, Cortus Advisory
Lucie Mills, NorthEdge
Rebecca Rennison, EY
Lizzy Tindall, Eversheds Sutherland

Rainmaker of the Year

Claire Alvarez, Foresight Group
Giles Chesher, Squire Patton Boggs
Sam Davies, Cowgills
Gary Davison, TDC
Andrew Feeke, MHA
Michael Loudon, Clearwater International
Nicola Merritt, Cortus Advisory




Private Equity Exit of the Year

Anthesis acquired by Carlyle, with Palatine reinvesting
Eversheds Sutherland, Lazard, Deloitte

MSQ sold by LDC to One Equity Partners
Squire Patton Boggs, Houlihan Lokey, LDC, One Equity Partners

ONFAB sold by Foresight and sold to Savillex
Squire Patton Boggs, Dow Schofield Watts, EC Mergers & Acquisitions, Foresight Group, Savillex

Abbey Logistics acquired by Sitra Group from exiting investors NorthEdge Capital
DWF, KPMG, NorthEdge

Bright Futures Care sold by Livingbridge and management to Charme Capital Partners
Pinsent Masons, Macfarlanes, Clearwater International

Findel Education sold by Endless to Manutan International
Walker Morris, Clearwater International, Endless, Claritas Tax

International Deal of the Year

Bluestones Investment Group acquired Australasian Recruitment
Irwin Mitchell, Muckle, Tompkins Wake, Ryecroft Glenton, Translink Corporate Finance

ProofID acquisition of identity governance and administration integrator Regatta Solutions Group
Squire Patton Boggs, Brunel & Dunn

Trawlers, the acquisition vehicle of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the Chairman of INEOS Group, acquired 25% of Manchester United
Latham & Watkins, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Slaughter and May, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Cazenove, Raine Group LLC, Rothschild & Co – Red Football LLC

Instem takeover by ARCHIMED SAS
Squire Patton Boggs, Latham & Watkins, Archimed SAS, Moelis & Company UK, NM Rothschild & Son, Singer Capital Markets Advisory, Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Acquisition of Lookers by Global Auto Holdings
Eversheds Sutherland, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thatcher, Numis, Peel Hunt, Jeffries

LBG Media acquisition of Betches Media, a US based media brand
Squire Patton Boggs, Zeus Capital

MSS Products and Bryden Capital aquired by Stellex Capital Management
Collas Crill, Hill Dickinson, King & Spalding, Ogier, Deloitte, HSBC, Jamieson Corporate Finance, KPMG

Small Deal of the Year (up to £10m)

Beth Tweddle Gymnastics sold to Gymfinity Kids
Hill Dickinson, Cowgills, CMS

Five Wealth receives development funding from Foresight Group
RSM, Foresight Group

Contollo Group acquired Abacus Cost Management backed by NorthEdge
BBS Law, Abacus Cost Management, DWF, Hill Dickinson, Alvarez & Marsal, Cortus Advisory, Langtons Corporate Finance, Mazars, Royce Peeling Green, NorthEdge, Claritas Tax

The Bury Black Pudding Company acquired by Panicium
Frontier Development Capital, Shawbrook, Squire Patton Boggs, gunnercooke, DTE Corporate Finance, Hurst Corporate Finance, Bexley Beaumont, Gateley

APEM Group acquisition of Nash Maritime backed by WestBridge Capital
Capital Law, Wallace, Dow Schofield Watts, WestBridge

Management buyout of Resulting IT backed by YFM
Brabners, Hill Dickinson, Alexander & Co, BDO, Blacksquare Advisory, Cortus Advisory, RSM, YFM Equity Partners

Medium Deal of the Year (£10m-£50m)

LDC investment into Uinsure
DLA Piper, Eversheds Sutherland, Deloitte, GP Bullhound, KPMG, HSBC, Santander UK, LDC

TDC supported LDC in its acquisition of a minority stake in Glasgow based, Kick ICT Group
DLA Piper, TDC

Palatine Private Equity Impact Fund invests in Roydon Recycling
RSM, Gateley, Squire Patton Boggs, PwC, RSM, Virgin Money, Sedulo, Palatine Private Equity, Addleshaw Goddard

BGF invests in Purple Wifi
DLA Piper, Hill Dickinson, GP Bullhound, Hurst Corporate Finance, PwC, Business Growth Fund

Waterland Invests in Cumbria Waste Group
Dow Schofield Watts, Waterland Private Equity Investments, Pinsent Masons, Hill Dickinson, DWF

Sales of Depotnet to Everfield, an Aquiline Capital Partners backed software acquirer
CG Professionals, MHA Moore & Smalley, Aquiline Capital Partners

Large Deal of the Year (over £50m)

Acquisition of Lookers plc by Global Auto Holdings
Eversheds Sutherland, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thatcher, Numis, Peel Hunt, Jeffries

Castore secured £150m funding from backers Raine Partners, Hanaco Ventures, Felix Capital and MNL Nominees
Addleshaw Goddard, Felix Capital Partners, Hanaco Venture Capital, MNL Nominees, Raine Partners

Apadmi secures investment from CBPE
Weightmans, CBPE, Addleshaw Goddard, Deloitte, PwC, Clearwater International, Alantra

MSQ sold by LDC to One Equity Partners
Squire Patton Boggs, Houlihan Lokey, LDC, One Equity Partners

Anthesis acquired by Carlyle, with Palatine reinvesting
Eversheds Sutherland, Lazard, Deloitte


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