Shortlist revealed for 2022 Yorkshire Rainmaker awards

A previous Rainmaker Awards dinner in Leeds

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

More than 35 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 23.

The event will be hosted by Jo Caulfield and held at Aspire, Leeds, 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 in the sector and provide an opportunity to network with the leading individuals and firms in the region.

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Ben Ormsby, Yorkshire editor at, said: “The Yorkshire Rainmakers will be light on speeches with relaxed networking and a good time for everyone in the corporate finance community as we look to celebrate not just the corporate finance sector but the joys of summer too.

“We’re looking forward to a fun evening looking at the deals of the year just gone which has certainly proved to be a busy period for the sector as it came back with vengeance from the pandemic and to getting out and networking once again.”

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2022 Yorkshire Rainmakers Shortlist



Addleshaw Goddard
Squire Patton Boggs
Walker Morris


Corporate Finance

Clearwater International
Dow Schofield Watts
Rothschild & Co
Sentio Partners


VC/Private Equity




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
  • 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, Endless
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

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