It has been a very successful year again for HMT at the 2016 Thames Valley Deals Awards as we have been awarded Corporate Finance Team of the Year and Partner Ian Barton was voted Dealmaker of the Year on the night. Two deals HMT advised on also secured ‘Deal of the Year’ in their respective categories: the MBO of Whistl and the MBO of BOFA International.
The Thames Valley Deals Awards gala evening took place last night at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, and was attended by over 350 leading members of the region’s deal-doing community. HMT went into the evening with 8 nominations being finalists in all the categories that we were eligible for. Once again we triumphed as our team was called on the stage to receive one of the most prestigious awards given on the night: the ‘Corporate Finance Team of the Year’ award. HMT has won an award at every event since their creation in 2007 and this is the 2nd time that HMT has won this category.
But this success was only the beginning as later that evening, HMT Partner Ian Barton was voted ‘Dealmaker of the Year’. Moreover, the MBO of BOFA International and the MBO of Whistl, which HMT and Ian advised on, won “Deal of the Year” in their categories (under £25 million for BOFA and over £25 million for Whistl).
We are delighted to have been recognised at the Thames Valley Deals Awards by our peers from the corporate finance community, and we are extremely proud and thankful to our clients for their nominations as well as our whole team’s tremendous efforts and hard work in the past year. Wining the ‘Corporate Finance Team of the Year’ award is the result of a real team effort from our corporate finance and transaction support teams who have completed over 35 deals in the past 12 months.
We have already completed 10 deals since January 2016 and our due diligence team who made the shortlist for “Due Diligence Team of the Year” at the Thames Valley Deal Awards, have enjoyed a productive start to 2016 advising on the MBO of Dalepak Ltd, the acquisition of Take 2 Films by Procam and the acquisition of Simply Finance by John Charcol amongst others.
After being voted “Independent Firm of the Year” for the South East region at the 2015 British Accountancy Awards,this recognition at the Thames Valley Deal Awards further endorses our position as the leading transactional team in the Thames Valley and the South of England.
Speaking of the successful evening and entire preceding year, Ian Barton commented:
“Everyone at HMT is thrilled to have been recognised with four trophies at the Thames Valley Deal Awards. We are very grateful to the judges for recognising us as the leading corporate finance team in the Thames Valley.
“To cap off the evening by uniquely winning all three of the voted for on the night awards was a wonderful show of support from the Thames Valley deal-doing community and illustrates the recognition both of our deal generating skills as well as executing both of the Deals of the Year. We would like to thank The Business Magazine and all the advisers who worked on those deals, as well as congratulating LDC and RBS and the management teams at Whistl and BOFA for their success. We look forward to continuing our run of deal completions for our clients in the coming months.”