June 23


Aspire, Leeds



Afterparty at The Alchemist

11pm – 2am



Single Ticket – £130 + VAT

Half Table (5) – £600 + VAT

Full Table (10) – £1100 + VAT


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Charity Partner


Summer 2022 marks the return of the Yorkshire Rainmaker event which will celebrate not just the corporate finance sector but the joys of summer too!

The Rainmaker Summer Party brings 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 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.

12 awards will be handed out – six deals and six team and individual awards – including the prestigious Rainmaker of the Year.

The event takes place at Aspire in Leeds on Thursday, June 23.

See our stand-alone website for further information -> rainmakerawards.uk



Legal Team

Addleshaw Goddard



Squire Patton Boggs

Walker Morris

Corporate Finance Team

Clearwater International

Dow Schofield Watts


Rothschild & Co

Sentio Partners

VC/Private Equity Team








OakNorth Bank

Shawbrook Bank


Virgin Money


Deal under £20m

Nimbus backed the MBO of Hull-based Hawthorn Timber

Sheffield Forgemasters was acquired by the Ministry of Defence

CapVest’s Inspired Pet Nutrition bought super-premium pet food company Pet Food UK from Piper

MBO of West Yorkshire logistics business Expect Distribution

Palatine’s Impact Fund took a significant minority stake in Sheffield environmental services group Cura Terrae

Private equity firm TPA Capital bought Bradford-based Barwick Bathroom Distribution.

Private Equity Exit

Pelsis Group was acquired by Pamplona Capital Management, resulting in an exit for LDC

Belgian group Etex bought offsite manufacturer Sigmat, with LDC exiting

Bakery chain Cooplands was acquired by EG Group, with BGF exiting

Endless sold multichannel communications provider Adare SEC to Opus Trust Marketing

The sale of Estio Training to BPP Education Group was the first exit from Palatine’s Impact Fund

BGF sold luxury holiday park operator Coppergreen Leisure Resorts to Away Resorts

BGF exited transport tech firm 365 Response after its sale to RLDatix

M&A Deal

CBRE took a 60% stake in Turner & Townsend

CD&R acquired Morrisons for £7.1bn

US group IAA bought Doncaster-based salvage group Synetiq

US private equity firm Further Global took a majority stake in Progeny

Endless backed the MBO of Yorkshire Premier Meat

Succession and growth finance raising for Carnaby Caravans

Rising Stars


Amy Pierechod, Gordons

Mae Salem, Squire Patton Boggs

Megan Atack, Freeths

Natalie Hager, Shoosmiths

Russell Naglis, Eversheds

Corporate Finance

Ben Taylor, KPMG

Duncan Morpeth, Grant Thornton

John O’Gara, Sentio Partners

Jonny Sharp, Deloitte

Rob Umpleby, Clearwater


Jon Duffy, Endless

Linda Nguyenova, BGF

Mani Minhas, NorthEdge

Paul Denvers, Enact

Rob Johnson, BGF


Michelle Sung, HSBC

Rob Atkinson, Virgin Money



Nicola McQuaid, NorthEdge

Peter McCormack, Eversheds

Rebecca Rennison, EY

Sue Richardson, KPMG

Victoria Davey, Gordons


Jonathan Simms, Clarion

Paul Mann, Squire Patton Boggs

Richard Goldsack, Clearwater International

Roger Esler, Dow Schofield Watts

Stephen Griffiths, Rothschild & Co