Award Categories

Acquisitive Company of the Year

Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

This award recognises the Scottish-headquartered company which delivered the most ambitious, innovative acquisition or acquisition strategy in 2018/19.


Sale of the Year

This award is for the Scottish-headquartered company which carried out the most successful and impressive sale or sales in 2018/19.


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.


SME Transformational Deal of the Year

Sponsored by LendingCrowd

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.


Corporate Finance Team of the Year

Sponsored by CMS

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.


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.


Emerging Dealmaker of the Year

Sponsored by Shawbrook Bank

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.


Legal Advisor of the Year

Sponsored by Law Society of Scotland

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.


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.


Deal of the Year

Sponsored by ThinCats

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