June 8

The Queens Hotel, Leeds




Single Ticket – £165 + VAT

Full Table (10) – £1500 + VAT



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Summer 2023 will mark the return of the Rainmaker Awards, which celebrate not just the corporate finance sector but the joys of summer too!

The Rainmaker Awards will bring together the Yorkshire deals community to celebrate the best deals and teams from the past 12 months, as voted for by the corporate finance community themselves in a one firm, one vote system.

The Summer Party theme and casual dress code, swaps the traditional tuxedos and long speeches for an evening that focuses on recognising and celebrating the best work from the year.

The night will provide an opportunity to network with the leading individuals and firms in the region.

2023 Shortlist


Addleshaw Goddard
Squire Patton Boggs
Ward Hadaway

Corporate Finance:
Clearwater International
Dow Schofield Watts
Grant Thornton
Park Place Corporate Finance
Sentio Partners

VC/Private Equity:
Key Capital Partners
YFM Equity Partners

OakNorth Bank
Shawbrook Bank

Transaction Services:
Dow Schofield Watts
Grant Thornton


Small Cap (up to £15m):
XR Games raised £5.9m in a funding round / Act Media Ventures, Praetura Ventures, Maven Capital Partners, Gateley, Lewis Silkin LLP, Park Place Corporate Finance

Definition Agency secured £7m in growth capital from ThinCats / ThinCats, Freeths, Clarion, Ryecroft Glenton

YorkTest Laboratories secured a £10m investment from NVM Private Equity / Squire Patton Boggs, Walker Morris, Ward Hadaway, Mazars, PwC, NVM Private Equity Ltd

Manufacturer Bartoline received further funding from Enact / Addleshaw Goddard, Enact, Gordons LLP

Operam Education Group received follow-on investment by BGF / MFG Solicitors, Ward Hadaway, Dow Schofield Watts, BGF, Gordons LLP

Tribepad received a £12m investment from BGF / BGF, Squire Patton Boggs, Tax Advisory Partnership

Private Equity Exit:
LDC exited Driver Hire owner Specialist People Services Group after a secondary buy-out led by Pricoa Private Capital / Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Squire Patton Boggs, Clearwater International, KPMG, Sentio

Marshalls acquired roofing manufacturer Marley from exiting investor Inflexion Private Equity Partners in a £535m deal / Pinsent Masons, Grant Thornton, Lazard, Numis Securities, Slaughter and May, Peel Hunt LLP, Rothschild & co, PwC

American REIT Sun Communities bought Park Leisure 2000 from a consortium led by investment firm Midlothian Capital Partners in a deal valued at £182m / Jones Day, Slaughter and May, Rothschild & Co

SLS Group bought laboratory products specialist Gem Scientific from Solingen Private Equity / Ward Hadaway, Dow Schofield Watts, RSM

French manufacturer Verallia acquired Allied Glass Containers from exiting investor Sun European Partners for £315m / DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard, White & Case, EY, Robert W Baird & Co

Phoenix Equity Partners exited Nexus Vehicle Rental after its sale to Equistone / Addleshaw Goddard, Squire Patten Boggs, Rothschild & Co, PwC, Park Place

AG Barr acquired Boost Drinks from its founders Simon and Alison Gray for up to £32m / Pinsent Masons, Piper Group

Digital services partner Hippo Digital acquired data consultancy The Data Shed / Grant Thornton, Squire Patton Boggs, Armstrong, KPMG, DWF, Vista Insurance, NatWest, Addleshaw Goddard

Progeny Group acquired The Fry Group, with four UK offices and four international offices / Squire Patton Boggs, Foot Anstey, PwC

LDC backed an MBO led by chairman Tim Williams and CEO Martyn Stevens of Cellhire Group / Walker Morris, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Virgin Money, LDC

Redcentric bought the business and assets of data centres and network services from Sungard Availability Services, in a deal worth up to £18m / Clarion Solicitors, FinnCap

JCT600 acquired VW retailer Caygill Holdings / Gordons LLP, LCF Law, Translink Corporate Finance, Grant Thornton

Irish utilities group Beauparc Utilities acquired Acumen Waste Services / Burges Salmon LLP, Clarion Solicitors, BDP LLP, Park Place Corporate Finance

Ligentia Group bought Polish logistics business VGL Solid Group / Addleshaw Goddard, Skadden Arps Slate, DC Advisory, Santander UK, Equistone, Ingka Investments, Varma Mutual Pension

French manufacturer Verallia acquired Allied Glass Containers for £315m from Sun European Partners / DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard, White & Case, EY, Sun European Partners LLP

Spanish group Urbaser bought Biowise / Michelmores LLP, Ward Hadaway, Alvarez & Marsal, KPMG, Willis Towers Watson

German chemicals distributor Brenntag acquired Prime Surfactants / Addleshaw Goddard, EY, Sentio Partners

New York-based investment firm Cambridge Information Group acquired Emerald Group / DWF, KPMG

Public Markets:
Marshalls acquired Marley in a £535m deal, part-funded by a £187m placing and open offer / Pinsent Masons, Slaughter & May, Grant Thornton, Numis Securities, Rothschild & co

Powerhouse Energy formed a joint venture with Hydrogen Utopia International to develop an operational waste plastic-to-hydrogen facility / WH Ireland

Benchmark Holdings raised NOK158m (£13m) in a secondary listing on Euronext Growth Oslo / Stifel/KBW

EG Group/Asda bought the fuel retail operations of Co-operative Group in a deal valued at £605m / Addleshaw Goddard, Rothschild & Co, PwC

Xeros Technology Group raised £6m in a share placing / FinnCap

Avacta acquired Launch Diagnostics in a deal worth up to £37m, part-funded by a £7m placing / Walker Morris, Stifel/KBW

Private Company:
Arc Inspirations received a £19m investment, from BGF to support the accelerated rollout of its Banyan Bar & Kitchen, BOX and Manahatta brands / Gordons LLP, Squire Patton Boggs, KPMG, Business Growth Fund

My Pension Expert secured an eight-figure investment from Palatine Private Equity to support its growth plans / Addleshaw Goddard, Gateley LLP, Park Place Corporate Finance, Capital, Kroll Ltd, Beechbrook, Palatine Private Equity

The Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) secured investment from LDC as part of a carve-out from RICS / LDC, Shoosmiths, Addleshaw Goddard, KPMG, PwC

Morrisons agreed a pre-pack deal with administrators PwC to acquire McColl’s Retail Group / Ashurst, PwC

Twinkl secured an undisclosed minority investment from Vitruvian Partners to help further grow its international presence / Vitruvian Partners LLP, PwC

The Harrogate Cashmere Company secured an undisclosed equity investment from Anticus Partners / Mincoffs Solicitors, Ward Hadaway, Anticus Partners LLP

Gravity Fitness secured £30m funding to support its expansion plans, including the opening of new trampoline parks / Guinness Asset Management, Sculptor Capital Management


Rising Star (under 35):
Tom Hopwood – Addleshaw Goddard
Rob Johnson – BGF
Hannah Kirkup – Key Capital Partners
John O’Gara – Sentio Partners
Connie Smith – Mercia Asset Management
Ben Taylor – KPMG

Megan Atack – Freeths
Alexandra Fogal – EY
Carly Gulliver – Addleshaw Goddard
Nicola McQuaid – NorthEdge
Linda Nguyenova – BGF
Jeremy Thomas – Deloitte

Will Arnold – Sentio Partners
Richard Hunt – Addleshaw Goddard
Barry Jackson – BGF
Paul Mann – Squire Patton Boggs
Duncan Morpeth – Grant Thornton
Jonathan Simms – Clarion