We would like to thank you all for your continuous support and contribution to another outstanding year for HMT. We completed 32 transactions with an aggregate value of £350 million, strengthened our team with a number of key recruits and go into 2020 with our largest ever pipeline of transaction opportunities.

During 2019 we advised businesses operating across a wide range of sectors including telecoms with the merger of Connect Managed Services and G3, manufacturing with the disposal of Elmelin, healthcare with the fundraising for Biotherapy Services, business services with the investment in Derive Logic, digital media with the fundraising for The Hook Group, retail with the MBO of Motocaddy and in education with the fundraising for Waterbear.

In addition to our lead advisory corporate finance activity, and with the appointment of Daniel Kelly in 2019 to establish a dedicated Financial Modelling team, we are now able to offer specialist advice covering the other four core disciplines of financial due diligence, debt advisory, financial modelling and tax advisory.

Despite strong demand for the best people, we have been able to strengthen our team with a number of key appointments. Whilst we pride ourselves on a genuine partner-led delivery, it is essential that they are supported by high calibre professional staff and this year we have recruited three exceptional corporate finance professionals all with a “Big 4” background.

In the seasonal spirit of giving back to the community, we have again decided not to send Christmas cards this year but to make a donation instead to our charity of the year The Chiltern Centre, for whom we have raised funds throughout December with our Advent Calendar campaign on social media. We are today announcing the winners of our Advent giveaways.

First of all, congratulations to James Smallridge from ESO Capital who was the closest to predicting the correct number of seats won by the Conservatives at the general election and wins the ticket to the Six Nations rugby. Congratulations also to David Smith from SMC who will receive a case of HMT champagne. We loved his answer to the question “what does HMT stand for” but are not prepared to share it !

We would like to thank you all for liking, sharing and retweeting our posts on social media throughout the Advent period. We are delighted to announce that we have managed to raise over £800 for the centre through this campaign which we will supplement with our own separate contribution. The funds raised will be used by the Chiltern Centre next year to organise activities for the children who use the centre.

All of our team at HMT wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year and we look forward to working with you in 2020.