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Smith Cooper climbs Experian Deal League Tables to top 10 position


Posted on 13 November 2015

Smith Cooper’s impressive track record in 2015 of executing transactions has been validated by the firm’s ranking in the top 10 of Experian’s Deal League Tables.

The firm has secured its highest ever placing after being ranked 9th in the Midlands, an impressive increase from its 36th placing for the same period last year.

Notably Smith Cooper is the highest placed Accountancy and Advisory practice serving solely Owner Managed Businesses.

The Experian review commented that a long-awaited recovery of the UK M&A market is now in full swing, with an upturn in both the volume and value of transactions during the first nine months of 2015. 

Within the Midlands, Experian have reported a 9.8% increase in transactions making up 13.2% of the deal volumes for the UK as a whole.

Smith Cooper have worked on several high profile transactions this year including the partial sale of Aspin Group plc to LDC, serial Tech Entrepreneur Mel Morris’ acquisition of Derby County Football Club and the sale of Chapelle Jewellery to Hilco Capital. They have also been commended for their work this year by winning and being shortlisted for various awards including Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the year, SME deal of the year and Deal of the year at the Insider Dealmaker Awards 2015. 

Darren Hodson, Corporate Finance Partner, who joined the firm in January to head up the service line in the West Midlands commented: “Since establishing the Birmingham Corporate Finance practice I have observed deal volumes increase across the Midlands with the professional community expressing how busy it has become.

My view is deal activity over the next 12 months will be high and is likely to return to pre-2008 levels – representing a significant step change in activity over recent years. This is an exciting period to be an M&A professional and I am delighted to have joined Smith Cooper at this time.”

Smith Cooper also recently announced the appointment of experienced M&A advisor Dan Bowtell as Partner.

Dan commented: “Joining Smith Cooper at this time of growth is very exciting. A critical strand of our business strategy is to be recognised as the advisors of choice for owner managed businesses, and the continued development of our Corporate Finance team supports this. The firm has an excellent reputation in the marketplace and the fact that we are competing highly with some of the country’s biggest firms is testimony to the quality of the team. I’m thoroughly looking forward to being an integral part of the continued success.”

Head of Corporate Finance, John Farnsworth, commented: “Our 30th anniversary has proven to be a fantastic year for us. Not only has our turnover increased to over £10million for the first time, but our teams are consistently being commended for the hard work and great service we offer clients.

In 2014 Smith Cooper completed 25 transactions, this year we have jumped up into Experian’s top 10. With our impressive pipeline and further exciting plans for growth, we anticipate the upcoming year will be even more successful.”

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