Law firm rockets into Midlands Top 10 for corporate deals

Gareth Burge
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Thursfields Solicitors has become one of the most active firms of legal advisers in the Midlands’ mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector so far this year, a new report reveals.

The law firm has soared into Experian Market IQ’s legal Top 10 following a string of big corporate deals over the first nine months of this year.

This has included advising shareholders on the sale of technology specialists cloudThing to Kerv, and advising creative agency DRPG on its acquisition of screen content specialists A-Vision UK.

Most recently, Thursfields’ corporate team advised Jeremy Holden, founder of Herefordshire classic car and motorcycle parts business Holden Vintage & Classic, on its acquisition by international classic parts specialist SNG Barratt Group.

This activity took Thursfields from 22nd position to 10th in Experian’s league table of Midlands legal advisers.

Gareth Burge, director and head of the corporate team at Thursfields, said: “2021 has been another record year for the team and we have consolidated our position as leading M&A lawyers to the owner managed business and SME market.”

The new ranking comes hot on the heels of Thursfields busiest ever 12 months for corporate activity, providing legal guidance on 29 deals worth a total of more than £125m in the 12 months to 30 April 2021.

Experian said transaction volume in the Midlands M&A market has soared by 27% to 745 transactions in the first nine months of 2021, while the total value of Midlands deals reached £17bn compared to only £3.4bn at the same point in 2020.