the best of

Scottish dealmaking!

to our 2021 winners and finalists

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Introduction

The Scottish Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards acknowledge and reward excellence in corporate finance transactions.

The awards celebration dinner recognises the bankers, venture capitalists, lawyers and accountants who initiate, structure and negotiate deals for growing organisations. The awards are based on deals completed by this community in the fiscal year 2020/21.

With hundreds of people attending the event, made up of dealmakers, bankers, lawyers and event sponsors, the event makes for the ideal networking opportunity.

The dinner itself is not only an excellent opportunity to network with some of the leading players in Scottish dealmaking; it is also a highly entertaining evening with a high profile guest speaker.

2nd December 2021
6.30pm - 11.00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central

Roll of Honour 2021

  • Acquisitive company of the year

    Acquisitive company of the year

    Incremental Group

    Corporate finance team of the Year

    Corporate finance team of the Year

    EY

  • Early stage deal of the year

    Early stage deal of the year

    Trojan Energy Limited

    Emerging dealmaker of the year

    Emerging dealmaker of the year

    Jamie Brownlie, Santander UK plc

  • Funder of the year

    Funder of the year

    Santander UK plc

    Legal advisor of the year

    Legal advisor of the year

    Burness Paull LLP

  • Sale of the year

    Sale of the year

    The Weir Group plc

    SME deal of the year

    SME deal of the year

    M Squared Lasers Limited

  • Transformational deal of the year

    Transformational deal of the year

    Calnex Solutions plc

    Deal of the year

    Deal of the year

    Weir Group

2021 Finalists & Winners


  • Acquisitive company of the year

    Sponsored by Dow Schofield Watts

    This award recognises the Scottish-headquartered company which delivered the most ambitious, innovative acquisition or acquisition strategy in 2020/21.

    Winner: Incremental

    United Capital Investments

    Corporate finance team of the year

    Sponsored by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

    This category will celebrate the team that made the greatest contribution to a deal or deals in the year. It may be a lead advisory, financial diligence or tax team; or a team providing specialist diligence, market insight or advice to bring an edge to deal making in Scotland.

    Winner: EY

    BDO LLP

    French Duncan LLP

    Deal of the year 2021

    The judging panel will select the best deal chosen from the category winners.

    Winner: The Weir Group Plc

    Early stage deal of the year

    This category recognises the quality of the investment capital, the level and quality of the syndication of the investment, the scale of the market opportunity for the company and the potential return for investors, and the role of the management team and its advisors in realising the deal.

    Winner: Trojan Energy Ltd

    Vector Photonics

    Emerging dealmaker of the year

    This award will recognise a newcomer to the Scottish dealmaking community who has played a key role in making a deal or deals happen. The individual may have identified the opportunity or played a key role during negotiations.

    Winner: Jamie Brownlie, Santander

    Daniel Halliday, Foresight Group LLP

    Funder of the year

    Recognises the role of the funding community in making deals happen. The funder may have provided debt, equity or an alternative source of finance and supported the management teams of Scottish based companies to add value and take the business to another level.

    Winner: Santander UK plc

    BGF

    Foresight Group LLP

    Legal Advisor of the year


    This award recognises the skills of legal advisors involved in deals. The judges will be looking at a range of factors including innovation and the ability to resolve complicated issues. Individual lawyers or teams at individual firms can be nominated for this award.

    Winner: Burness Paull LLP

    Addleshaw Goddard LLP

    Macdonald Henderson (Corporate Team)

    Sale of the year


    This award is for the Scottish-headquartered company which carried out the most successful and impressive sale or sales in 2020/21.

    Winner: The Weir Group Plc

    Hydro Group

    SME deal of the year

    Sponsored by OPPORTUNI

    This award is for a Scottish-based company with an annual turnover of less than £20 million that has been involved in a transformational deal whether acquisition, sale, fundraising or MBO/MBI.

    Winner: M Squared Lasers Limited

    CSN Care Group

    The Paint Shed

    Transformational deal of the year

    This category recognises the deal of any type – including management buyouts, buy-ins, employee buyouts – which transforms the fortunes of a Scottish-headquartered business.

    Winner: Calnex Solutions plc

    Kingdom Holdings (t/a Real Good Dental)

    Northwind 5s Limited t/a Goals Soccer Centres

How It Works

FAQ

Registration to enter will close on Monday 27th September. The questionnaire deadline for the Deals & Dealmakers Awards is midnight on Tuesday 2nd September.

An individual/organisation can enter for multiple award categories as long as each entry satisfies the specific award criteria in that category. The event organisers/judges reserve the right to reassign entry to a category they believe it is most suited to.

We may need to contact you or the organisation to seek further information in order to progress with your entry. Please provide accurate email addresses and mobile telephone numbers for this purpose and respond as quickly as you can if contacted.

We will make contact with those who have been selected to attend an interview by the judges by Wednesday 13th October. At that point, we will be seeking their agreement that the individual/organisation is happy to proceed as a finalist. Please note that interviews will take place on Tuesday 26th October and we would appreciate that a representative(s) of the company is available on this date.

Sponsorship

To discuss bespoke sponsorship packages, created to suit your specific objectives and budget please contact:

Marcia Mitchell, marcia.mitchell@reachplc.com / 07790 591221

Mark Russell, mark.russell@reachplc.com / 07791 365466

Megan Waugh, megan.waugh@reachplc.com / 07552 860284

Category Sponsors

Deals & Dealmakers Awards category sponsor -  CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Deals & Dealmakers Awards category sponsor - Brewin Dolphin
Deals & Dealmakers Awards category sponsor -  Opportuniti
Deals & Dealmakers Awards category sponsor -  Dow Schofield Watts

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