DWF deals review - 2013

The corporate team at DWF LLP are celebrating a very successful 2013, having completed over 170 deals throughout the year. This is a 140% increase in deal volume across the UK compared to 2012.

These results are evidenced by our position nationally as we find ourselves as the 4th most deal active law firm in the UK* (compared with 14th in 2012). Furthermore, we have achieved strong regional positions for our teams in the Midlands, North West and Scotland.

The total value of the deals the UK team acted on in 2013 is in excess of £3bn, an 86% increase in from 2012 and we have seen a sharp increase in the private equity activity. In terms of sector, we have seen particularly strong activity across our Financial Services, Real Estate and TMT sectors.

Throughout the year the team have acted on some high-profile deals including the £172m sale of Park Holidays UK to Caledonian Investments Plc and advising leading financial and business services outsourcing provider Equiniti Group on the acquisition of Killik & Co Employee Services. Other highlights include, acting for LDC on the sale of commercial energy management company Matrix to E.ON and advising Renovo Group plc on its deal to buy business lender Ultimate Finance Group plc.

This performance demonstrates our strength across the UK and we understand that working with growing businesses and supporters in the local marketplace is key to our success. Our sector expertise complements the technical ability and knowledge of our deal makers.

*Experian Corpfin 2013

This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.