Thursfields Solicitors has been ranked in the top 10 of the Midlands’ most active mergers and acquisitions advisers the whole of 2021.
The leading regional law firm shot up from 25th to 10th in the annual Experian Market IQ’s legal rankings, with 25 big corporate deals over the first nine months of this year.
This has included advising shareholders on the sale of technology specialists cloudThing to Kerv, and advising creative agency DRPG on its acquisition of screen content specialists A-Vision UK.
Most recently, Thursfields’ Corporate Team advised Jeremy Holden, founder of Herefordshire classic car and motorcycle parts business Holden Vintage & Classic, on its acquisition by international classic parts specialist SNG Barratt Group.
The only firms ahead of Thursfields in the rankings were the longer established or national corporate players.
Gareth Burge, director and head of the Corporate team at Thursfields, said: “We recorded another record year in 2021 and have now consolidated our position as leading M&A lawyers to the owner managed business and SME market.
“It’s great to see that, in the fairly short period of time our team has been together, we have made – and are continuing to make – a huge impact on the local market.”
Experian’s M&A report for 2021 also revealed that the Midlands was the UK’s busiest region for deal-making outside of London and the south-east, with involvement in 14.7% of all UK deals.
There was an 18% increase in deal volume from 2020, and the values of these deals totalled £21.5bn, the highest since 2012.
Dominic Parker, of Experian Market IQ said: “After many businesses postponed acquisition plans in 2020, deal-making in the Midlands bounced back from the effects of the pandemic last year, with 2021 ranked as one of the region’s busiest ever years.
“Companies in the region’s highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing sectors were a particular target for investment.
“The funding environment remains positive and the region’s corporate advisory firms report strong pipelines of business, raising hopes of another strong year as we move further into 2022.”
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