Bondholder Smith Cooper Corporate Finance has secured 9th position in an Experian league table, having completed 17 local deals.
2017 was a buoyant year for M&A activity across the UK, and the third busiest year on record according to official figures published in Experian’s 2017 M&A Review.
Smith Cooper Corporate Finance experienced an equally successful year, completing 17 local deals to secure a top 10 Midlands ranking; as well as a further 15 deals outside of the Midlands, bringing the total of completed deals to 32. Far exceeding any previous records.
The Midlands was placed 5 th in the UK and Ireland in terms of deal volumes in 2017, which were down by 8% from 2016, whilst the value of deals completed in the region increased by over 20%, boosted by the completion of three mega deals worth a hefty £6.9bn.
This success follows the appointment of two new Corporate Finance Professionals; Alex Thompson joins as a Senior Executive, whilst James Ward joins as a Senior Manager. Both will primarily be based at the Nottingham office, but will operate across the wider Midlands, and assist clients throughout the UK.
Both Alex and James will be acting for business owners and management teams to support and deliver all types of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs/buy- ins and fundraising.
Dan Bowtell, Corporate Finance Partner at Smith Cooper commented “We are really delighted to welcome both Alex and James to the team. Both have established industry acumen, and I am confident they will help our team continue to prosper.”