A record year for deal completions for HMT
In 2017, HMT will be celebrating its 25th anniversary providing corporate finance services for ambitious entrepreneurial businesses in the Thames Valley. On the back of a fantastic 2016, Andrew Thomson, founding partner of the longest established independent advisory practice in the region, has good reason to be highly optimistic.
In the past 12 months, HMT completed 25 deals with an aggregate value in excess of £250 million including advising on the MBO of Whistl from PostNL, fundraising from NVM for online vlogging business Channel Mum, the MBO of software company CIPHR backed by LDC and the disposal of QTR Transport to logistics giant Palletforce.
However, 2016 is far from over and incredibly, five corporate finance transactions with an aggregate value of circa £80 million as well as various due diligence and debt advisory assignments are all scheduled to complete before Christmas.
On the back of an active deal flow, HMT finished 2016 busy on the recruitment front for both their London and Henley-on-Thames offices.
The corporate finance team has been strengthen with the recruitment of Ravi Majithia and David Copp as Senior Managers and Gabriela Zoldova as Business Analyst. Ravi and David both bring significant experience to the team with Ravi starting his career in corporate finance with KPMG before joining HMT from Grant Thornton’s London office and David’s previous roles including six years as an advisor with Results International Group covering marketing communications and related technology sectors. Gabriela was awarded an MSc in Corporate Finance in 2015 before commencing her corporate finance career with Cabot Financial.
HMT has also expanded its due diligence/transaction support team with the recruitment of Tom Pollard as Senior Manager and Tom Bradbury as Executive. Tom Pollard has six years corporate finance experience including roles at KPMG and Barclays Capital and Tom Bradbury joins transactions support having previously been an audit manager with Ernst and Young.
HMT’s consistent quality deal flow provides tremendous experience for its people and after eight years at HMT, Matthew Gordon-Smith leaves to join Mobeus Equity Partners as an Investment Manager. Matt joined HMT as a graduate and was sponsored through the ICAEW’s Corporate Finance qualification.
HMT was recognised as ‘Independent Firm of the Year- South East’ at the British Accountancy awards and triumphed for the 9th consecutive time at the Thames Valley Deal Awards, being recognised as ‘Corporate Finance Team of the Year’ and ‘Dealmaker of the Year’. In addition, two deals HMT advised on were awarded ‘Deal of the Year’ in their respective categories – the MBO of BOFA International (under £25 million) and the MBO of Whistl UK (over £25 million).
Going into 2017, we have a number of transactions in sectors as varied as financial services, TMT and oil and gas expecting to complete in the first few months of 2017. However, despite a strong start to next year, 2016 is going to be a tough year to beat !