Celebrating the achievements of M&A professionals within the Midlands, the Insider Awards are highly coveted within the industry – so we’re delighted to announce our Corporate Finance division have been shortlisted for two of them!

Smith Cooper Corporate Finance have been nominated for the prestigious SME Advisory Team of the Year award, having previously won this award in both the East and West Midlands, and International Deal of the Year – a first for the team, and confirmation of their growing international presence.

The transaction for which the team have been nominated involved Kuwait-based food retail group KFG, which sold Kout Food Group New Chicken, an operator of around 25 KFC stores, to the largest KFC operator in the UK – Herbert Group – for an undisclosed sum.

Speaking about the shortlistings, John Farnsworth, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Smith Cooper comments “We are thrilled to be shortlisted in not just one, but two categories at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards. At Smith Cooper Corporate Finance, we pride ourselves on the consistent delivery of innovative, practical, robust and commercial advice, and work collaboratively as a team to achieve this.”

He continues “We also understand the challenges faced by businesses operating internationally as they face a demanding, rapidly changing, global market place and are delighted our capability in this field has been recognised.”

The awards ceremony takes place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole in September.

In recent years Smith Cooper Cooper has extended its international capability through its affiliation with a number of international organisations, including the Alliott Group network. This group encompasses over 160-member firms, across 170 cities in 70 countries, its members providing a range of accounting, legal and consulting services.