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Insider awards - Smith Cooper wins “SME Deal of the Year”


Posted on 18 September 2017

The Corporate Finance division of Smith Cooper, won the “SME Deal of the Year” award on Thursday evening at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards in Birmingham.

Smith Cooper was shortlisted three times in two categories: SME Advisory Team of the Year and SME Deal of the Year for the management buyout of Evac & Chair International and the buy-in of Alca Fasteners.

Sponsored by Euler Hermes, the SME Deal of the Year was named as the management buy-in, led by Jonathon Neate, of Alca Fasteners.

Darren Hodson, Corporate Finance Partner at Smith Cooper provided sell side support to Alca, and its shareholders. Upon winning the award, he commented: “It highlights our credentials and capabilities to have two transactions shortlisted for the SME Deal of the Year, but to win is a fantastic achievement for the team. The award shows our commitment to delivering an exceptionally high standard of service to our clients and is yet another demonstration of Smith Cooper’s growing reputation for Corporate Finance services across the Midlands and further afield.”

Other advisors acting on the transaction included Else Solicitors, Castle Square Corporate Finance, Freeths, Wright Hassall and Hadrian's Wall Capital.

The Insider Awards remain an extremely prestigious event in the region’s calendar, recognising leading professionals who have been successfully creating deals over the past 12 months. 

The award follows another successful year for Smith Cooper Corporate Finance who advised on 28 deals during their financial year ending in March 2017. The team also secured a top 10 ranking by deal volume in the Midlands Experian M&A league table for H1, as well as in the North East and Northern Ireland.

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