Howes Percival is celebrating winning four awards at the 2023 Insider Media’s Central & East Dealmakers Awards. They have been ‘crowned’ Corporate Law Firm of the Year with Tom Redman collecting Corporate Lawyer of the Year in addition to winning Private Equity/Venture Capital Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year (+ £10m).
The annual awards recognise high-quality work from the top professional services firms in the central and eastern region - corporate finance firms, banks, funders, private equity houses and individuals - who have excelled in dealmaking over the past year. The awards are judged by a panel of independent experts, each with in-depth knowledge of deals processes and structures.
Howes Percival is named ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ for its impressive growth and record deal volumes over the past year.
Tom Redman scooped new category ‘Corporate Lawyer of the Year’ for being a leading next generation lawyer in the region with his impressive deal highlights including co-leading on the notable acquisition from Marshalls of their entire network of Toyota and Lexus dealerships across 19 sites.
Howes Percival were also part of the team to win 'Private Equity/Venture Capital Deal of the Year' category, as advisers alongside FRP Corporate Finance; MHA; Browne Jacobson; Proskauer; KPMG, Baringa; Armstrong; Stradia; Prelude; Aon; FSP; Apera Asset Management for the Investment in Stonbury by LDC. The judges noted that LDC’s investment will have a positive economic impact on the region, as Stonbury will be able to drive growth and create jobs locally.
Howes Percival’s final win of the night was in category ‘Deal of the Year (above £10m)’. They were in fact shortlisted for two deals: Acquisition of Marshall-owned Toyota and Lexus dealerships by Steven Eagell, Listers and FRF; and Acquisition of Doubleday Group by Ben Burgess. With Acquisition of Doubleday Group by Ben Burgess taking home the trophy. Howes Percival advised Ben Burgess on this deal alongside Larking Gowen LLP. The other advisers involved were Buzzacott LLP; Buckles Solicitors; Springboard and Claritas. The judges noted that the deal enabled the business to continue building on the great legacy of two family-owned businesses.
Andy Harris, Head of Corporate, Commercial and Banking at Howes Percival, commented,
We are absolutely over the moon to have won 4 awards this year, a real testament to the team here at Howes Percival. A huge congratulations to Tom Redman, it really is fantastic to see the next generation talent being recognised. Deals of the future are more important to this region than the deals of the past.
We aspire to be the ‘go-to’ firm for corporate, commercial, and banking work in the Central and Eastern region and these prestigious awards show not only that our team is more than capable of handling some of the most complex and high-profile deals in the area, but also that the team is being recognised for doing so.
We’ve invested heavily in the last couple of years and expanded our services significantly. As a result, 2023 has been an impressive year for us with record high deal volumes, completing 80 deals, with a combined value in excess of £300 million. We are becoming known as the team to talk to in relation to larger transactions and are receiving more referrals from existing customers and other advisers. We’re confident that 2023/24 will continue to be a very busy year for us.
For more information on Howes Percival’s corporate advisory services visit: https://www.howespercival.com/services/corporate/