CitySprint’s Patrick Gallagher named Dealmaker of the Year at M&A Awards

Having closed four acquisitions in the last year, Patrick Gallagher was lauded for his efforts in closing deals and driving growth forward at CitySprint.

The management and advisory teams behind Britain’s standout corporate finance transactions were celebrated during the GrowthBusiness annual M&A Awards.

CitySprint, whose CEO Patrick Gallagher was named top dealmaker on the night, also saw recognition for its private equity backer Dunedin.

Acknowledged by the judges for its strategic, financial and operational assistance in growing businesses organically and through acquisition, Dunedin had a year punctuated by successful exits and new investments.

UK Deal of the Year went to Investcorp for its acquisition of crisp brand Tyrrells. Worth £100 million, Tyrrells was bought from Langholm Capital in August 2013 and is set to undergo a period of domestic and international growth.

Also picking up specific deal awards during the ceremony, which was hosted by broadcast journalist Juliet Mann, were We Are Social and BlueFocus Communications, which won Cross-border Deal of the Year and CityFibre, for IPO of the Year.

Broadcast journalist Juliet Mann

Juliet Mann hosted the evening, which saw 300 people attend

Back in December, Chinese marketing services business BlueFocus Communications acquired an 83 per cent stake in We Are Social for £18.7 million – opening up exiting opportunities for both companies. Fellow winner CityFibre joined London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in January and raised £16.5 million. The business, which owns, builds and operates fibre optic infrastructure, is now using its listing to capitalise on new opportunities.

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M&A Personality of the Year, which is aimed at professional advisers with a reputation in the M&A community for making deals happen, went to Thomas Dey of About Corporate Finance. Having left Grant Thornton in 2010 to set up on his own, Dey has led the About team to its dominant position as the global number one adviser in the TV production and distribution sectors.

After being involved with a number of high-profile deals such as the sale of Addison Lee to the Carlyle Group and disposal of shares in Innocent Drinks to Coca Cola, Joelson Wilson scooped Law Firm of the Year. Also in the advisory space, BDO was awarded Accountancy Firm of the Year in a category which also saw Hazelwoods highly commended. BDO completed an impressive range of deals last year, including the sale of engineering business Trac Group to US-based Sequa.

Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed

Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed was in attendance

Sponsors on the night included: Computershare, Drooms, Grant Thornton, GrowthBusiness, Hitachi Capital, Kerman & Co, Lloyds Bank, Pocket App, Walbrook PR, What Investment and White Water Group.

Full list of winners:

Finance Provider of the Year

Winner – Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance

Accountancy Firm of the Year

Winner – BDO

Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year

Winner – Catalyst Corporate Finance

IPO of the Year

Winner – CityFibre

Law Firm of the Year

Winner – Joelson Wilson

Cross-Border Deal of the Year

Winner – BlueFocus Communications buys stake in We Are Social

Technology Provider of the Year

Winner – Merrill Datasite

M&A Personality of the Year

Winner – Thomas Dey, About Corporate Finance

Private Equity House of the Year

Winner – Dunedin Private Equity

Alternative Finance Provider of the Year

Winner – ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

UK Deal of the Year

Winner – Investcorp’s acquisition of Tyrrells

Dealmaker of the Year

Winner – Patrick Gallagher – CitySprint

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter was the Editor for from 2012 to 2014, before moving on to Caspian Media Ltd to be Editor of Real Business.

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