National legal business DWF has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West for 2014 in a recent report by Experian. The report, which ranks the most active legal and financial advisers in the UK by deal volume and value, also named DWF the sixth most active legal adviser in the UK with the national corporate team completing a total of 92 deals.
The firm completed 39 deals in the North West, which included advising Equiniti, a specialist in technology, financial and administrative services, on its acquisitions of Pancredit Systems Limited and Invigia Limited; advising the sellers and management team on the £20million sale of Waterfall, a leading independent contract caterer, to private equity firm LDC; advising Zeus capital on the £135m IPO of Epwin Group plc; advising LDC, on its investment in procurement services business CEL Procurement and advising YFM Equity Partners, one of the UK’s most active investors in small businesses, as it invested in the management buy-in and buy-out of Cambrian Park and Leisure Homes.
Frank Shephard, partner and head of DWF’s corporate team in the North West, commented: “2014 has been a strong year for the corporate team at DWF, particularly in the North West, as an increased market confidence has fuelled deals such as those we’ve acted on this year. Its fantastic recognition for the North West team to have topped the rankings in each quarter this year and with a busy start to 2015 already underway we’re looking forward to continuing to support our clients throughout the year ahead.”
The report revealed that the national volume of deals has increased by approximately 2% compared to last year, whilst the aggregate value of transactions across the UK has increased by 6%. The North West was the fourth busiest region by deal volume in 2014 and the aggregate value of deals recorded for the region was up by 11.4%, from £10.5billion to £11.7billion.