2022 Yorkshire Rainmaker Award winners revealed

Yorkshire Rainmakers 2022 Winners

Rothschild & Co’s Stephen Griffiths was named Rainmaker of the Year as Yorkshire’s corporate finance finest were recognised at a packed awards evening.

Griffiths said: “The deal flow last year has been phenomenal but doing the Morrisons and Turner and Townsend deals, which combined are worth c.£12bn, out of Yorkshire and showing Yorkshire as an absolute centre of excellence is a testament to my team and the wider community that is Yorkshire.”

The awards, sponsored by Hall Brown, Square One Law, and Oxygen, were judged on a “one firm, one vote” basis following a shortlisting process in May The winners were revealed at a special summer party hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield at Aspire in Leeds.

Ben Ormsby, Yorkshire editor at TheBusinessDesk.com said: “It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the success the sector has experienced over what has been strong year for deals against a tumultuous economic backdrop.

“Congratulations to all the shortlisted and obviously our winners, we look forward to bringing this summer party back in 2023 and being able to once again celebrate the fantastic work being done from this region by our corporate finance community. ”

The event also saw the community raising money for The Teenage Cancer Trust, with donations collected both physically and digitally during the evening to support the charity’s work to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24.

The full list of winners are:



  • Clarion
  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • Gordons
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Walker Morris


Corporate Finance

  • Clearwater International
  • Dow Schofield Watts
  • KPMG
  • Rothschild & Co
  • Sentio Partners


VC/Private Equity

  • BGF
  • Endless
  • LDC
  • Mercia
  • YFM



  • HSBC
  • OakNorth Bank
  • Shawbrook Bank
  • Thincats
  • Virgin Money



Deal under £20m

  • Sheffield Forgemasters acquisition by the Ministry of Defence
  • Bradford-based Barwick Bathroom Distribution acquired by  TPA Capital
  • MBO of Hull-based Hawthorn Timber backed by Nimbus
  • MBO of West Yorkshire logistics business Expect Distribution
  • Palatine’s Impact Fund took a significant minority stake in Sheffield environmental services group Cura Terrae
  • Super-premium pet food company Pet Food UK acquisition from Piper by CapVest’s Inspired Pet Nutrition

Private Equity Exit

  • Estio Training was acquired by BPP Education Group, resulting in the first exit for Palatine’s Impact Fund
  • Holiday park operator Coppergreen Leisure Resorts was acquired by Away Resorts, resulting in an exit for BGF
  • Multichannel communications provider Adare SEC was acquired by  Opus Trust Marketing, resulting in an exit for Endless
  • Offsite manufacturer Sigmat was acquired by Belgian group Etex, resulting in an exit for LDC
  • Pelsis Group was acquired by Pamplona Capital Management, resulting in an exit for LDC
  • Transport tech firm 365 Response was acquired by RLDatix, resulting in an exit for BGF

M&A Deal

  • Succession and growth finance raising for Carnaby Caravans
  • 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



Rising Stars


  • Mae Salem, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Amy Pierechod, Gordons
  • Megan Atack, Freeths
  • Natalie Hager, Shoosmiths
  • Russell Naglis, Eversheds

Corporate Finance

  • Duncan Morpeth, Grant Thornton
  • Ben Taylor, KPMG
  • John O’Gara, Sentio Partners
  • Jonny Sharp, Deloitte
  • Rob Umpleby, Clearwater


  • Paul Denvers, Enact
  • Jon Duffy, Endless
  • Linda Nguyenova, Endless
  • Mani Minhas, NorthEdge
  • Rob Johnson, BGF


  • Rob Atkinson, Virgin Money
  • Michelle Sung, HSBC



  • Rebecca Rennison, EY
  • Nicola McQuaid, NorthEdge
  • Peter McCormack, Eversheds
  • Sue Richardson, KPMG
  • Victoria Davey, Gordons



  • Stephen Griffiths, Rothschild & Co
  • Jonathan Simms, Clarion
  • Paul Mann, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Richard Goldsack, Clearwater International
  • Roger Esler, Dow Schofield Watts

The celebrations continued with an after party hosted by The Alchemist on Greek Street.