Smith Cooper scoop SME Deal of the Year 2016

The Corporate Finance team at Bondholder Smith Cooper has won the prestigious SME Deal of the Year accolade for the second year running at Insider’s Dealmaker Awards.

The Insider Dealmaker Awards remain an extremely prestigious and well regarded event in the region’s calendar, bringing together the key corporate finance firms and individuals who have been busy successfully creating deals over the past 12 months.

Smith Cooper were shortlisted for three categories; Advisory Team of the Year, SME Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year at the 2016 Awards which took place on 19th May, and on the night scooped the SME Deal of the Year for the sale of the UK’s largest designer-outlet jewellery chain, Chapelle Jewellery, to Hilco Capital.

John Farnsworth, Corporate Finance Partner at Smith Cooper commented: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for three Awards, but winning SME Deal of the Year two years running last night was the icing on the cake – and a tribute to the hard work of the whole Smith Cooper team”.  

The deal was led by Smith Cooper’s Corporate Finance team members John Farnsworth and David Crump who acted as lead advisers to Paul and Margaret Mortimer, shareholders of the 24-site Chapelle Jewellery business.  Legal advice was provided by Martyn Brierley of Flint Bishop, whilst Natasha Smith, a Partner specialising in transactional tax at Smith Cooper, provided tax advice.

In 2015 Smith Cooper Corporate Finance had a record year, ranking 9th in terms of deal volume in the Midlands. In the last year it has grown through a number of key appointments including two new Partners, Darren Hodson and Dan Bowtell, who head the Corporate finance divisions in Birmingham and Nottingham respectively, and Logan Mantle in Derby. A further appointment is imminent.