The annual shortlist for all 12 categories at the M&A Awards has been unveiled, in what is the ninth year of the awards, and Acuity has been named as one of the shortlisted candidates in the “Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year” category. Following a successful past 12 months, the nomination is recognition of Acuity as one of the top business transfer agents in the region.
The awards recognise companies and individuals who have made the biggest mark in the M&A space in the last year. Last year’s awards built on the refreshed category list enabling the event to congratulate the key M&A deals and dealmakers of 2013, including both cross-border and UK deals; private equity, corporate and alternative finance providers and the best respected professional advisers and dealmakers in the UK. The M&A Awards remains one of the most important and highly respected events in the mid-market corporate finance calendar. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Victoria Park Plaza on 18th of June.
In the “Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year” category, the judges will recognise and salute the firm that has repeatedly delivered high quality, pragmatic advice on quality deals. The winner will be gaining a reputation for its expertise and demonstrating an ability to punch above its weight.
In the past 12 months, Acuity has singled itself out as a talented player in the market. Enabling the below deals, to name a few:
· The company secured the merger between Business Growth Fund-backed Sub10 Systems and US firm Fastback Networks to create global wireless backhaul company;
· Finalised the sale of JMC Mobile Business to a major UK mobile operator. Acuity worked with JMC over a number of months to prepare their mobile business for sale, before running an exit process and securing a number of competing offers;
· Secured a €14.5 million cross border sale of Dublin-based 3V Transaction Services. The acquisition is a strategically significant milestone for SafeCharge as 3V will enable SafeCharge to gain fast-track entry into the rapidly expanding prepaid card issuance sector and will form the foundation of SafeCharge’s new Issuing Services division;
· Advised on the sale of Bristol-based YourWealth.co.uk to Momentum UK. The transaction will enable YourWealth.co.uk to achieve its vision of empowering people to make better choices over their financial futures by using the technology.