Once again, Insider Magazine provided an excellent Midlands Dealmakers Awards at the Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, last Thursday.
A sell out event, this packed room contained almost everyone who is anyone within the Midlands Dealmaking community. Hosted by comedian Dominic Holland (the young Fabio Capello!!!), and with a keynote speech from Insider Magazine's editor, Andy Coyne, the awards were once again dominated by Martin Draper and LDC (who have remained incredibly active throughout the downturn in the economy).
The complete list of winners were: -
Dealmaker of the Year - Martin Draper, LDC
Venture Capitalist of the Year - Martin Draper, LDC
Deal of the Year - Deb Group
Private Equity House of the Year - LDC
Turnaround Team of the Year - Orbis Partners
Young Dealmaker of the Year - Matt Caffrey, ISIS Equity Partners
Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year - Catalyst Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year - Andy Currie, Catalyst Corporate Finance
Corporate Bank of the Year - Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets
Corporate Banker of the Year - Ian Howey, Yorkshire Bank
Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Eversheds
Corporate Lawyer of the Year - Stephen Kitts, Eversheds
Fund Manager of the Year - Midven
Asset-Based Lender of the Year - Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance
I would like to add my personal thanks to Rob Lawton and Greenwell Gleeson (who sponsored the Turnaround Team of the Year award) for inviting me on to their table of turnaround specialists - they were excellent hosts and the other guests on the table were in fine form.
Here's looking forward to a continuing rise in deal activity within the Midlands region over the next 12 months.