It has been a successful year for HMT at the 2021 Thames Valley Deals Awards as our Associate Director Ricky Collis was awarded Young Dealmaker of the Year. A deal we have led and advised on – the MBO of Aker Systems won Deal of the Year in its category.

The Thames Valley Deals Awards gala evening took place last night at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre and was attended by leading members of the region’s deal-doing community. HMT went into the evening with several nominations being finalists in all the categories that we were eligible for. Once again we triumphed as Associate Director Ricky Collis was called on the stage to receive the Young Dealmaker of the Year award.

This is a well-deserved accolade for Ricky who has advised on some of the world’s largest multinationals as well as the South-East of England mid-market.  In 2020, Ricky has demonstrated excellent dealmaking skills as well as outstanding market knowledge on all transactions he has advised on. He has been able to adapt to the current environment and offer to his clients innovative solutions to support them through to successful deal completions.

But this success was only the beginning as later that evening, the management buy-out of Aker Systems backed by LDC, a deal we have led and advised on was voted Mid-range Deal of the Year.

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 support as well as our whole team’s tremendous efforts and hard work in the past year.

Ricky Collis commented:

“‘I am delighted to have been awarded Young Dealmaker of the Year at the 2021 Thames Valley Deal Awards last night and would like to thank Shawbrook, the category sponsor and all the judges for recognising my and HMT’s significant impact on completion of deals within the region.”

Wendy Hart commented:

“‘It was great to have the Thames Valley deals community back “in the room” last night and to have the opportunity to present the PE Firm of the Year award to the YFM team in person. I am pleased and proud that the superb Aker MBO was celebrated as Mid-range Deal of the Year and of course delighted that our very own Ricky Collis walked off with the Young Dealmaker Award. It was a great evening for HMT and with a stellar pipeline we expect 2022 to be just as good.”