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Howes Percival crowned ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ in Dealmakers Awards

Leading law firm Howes Percival is celebrating being named Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Insider Media’s Central & East Dealmakers Awards 2020.  The firm was also shortlisted for two deals in the ‘Deal of the Year (above £10m)’ category and for another two deals in the ‘Deal of the Year (below £10m)’ category.

The annual awards recognise high-quality work from the top professional services firms in the central and eastern region – corporate finance firms, banks, funders, private equity houses and individuals – who have excelled in dealmaking over the past year.  The awards are judged by a panel of independent experts, each with in-depth knowledge of deals processes and structures.  This year’s awards ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the winners were announced online.

Howes Percival was named ‘Corporate Law Firm of the Year’ for its involvement in deals across the whole region and praised for its proactive and client-focused services. The judges highlighted the sale of Metrol Springs to Lesjofors AB and the acquisition of Norfolk Broads Holdings by Craft Leisure. 

In the category ‘Deal of the Year (above £10m)’ Howes Percival was shortlisted for the acquisition of Norfolk Broads Holdings by Craft Leisure, where the other advisers included MHA Larking Gowen; Barclays; Lees Accountants and Leathes Prior and the sale of Innotrade to The Libman Company, where Howes Percival worked with Grant Thornton.

Howes Percival was also shortlisted in the ‘Deal of the Year (below £10m)’ category for the sale of Metrol Springs to Lesjofors AB with Grant Thornton, Harris and Co Accountants, PM+M, FMGS Law and the sale of Digital Post Solutions to The Mailing Room, with Fortus and Bevan Kidwell.

Andy Harris, Corporate partner at Howes Percival, commented, “We are thrilled to have been named Corporate Law Firm of the Year and to have been shortlisted for four deals in total.  We aspire to be the ‘go-to’ firm for corporate, commercial, and banking work in the Central and Eastern region and this prestigious award and the shortlistings show not only that our team is more than capable of handling some of the most complex and high-profile deals in the area, but also that the team is being recognised for doing so.”

“2020 was a breakthrough year for us, with what is still a relatively new team.  We’ve invested heavily in the last couple of years and expanded our services significantly.  As a result, we’ve also started 2021 with a real bang, completing 32 deals in the first quarter, with a combined value of £263 million.  We are becoming known as a team to talk to in relation to larger transactions and are receiving more referrals from existing customers and other advisers.  We’re confident that 2021 will continue to be a very busy year for us.”

For more information on Howes Percival’s corporate advisory services visit: https://www.howespercival.com/services/corporate/

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Notes to editors:

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.  It has 49 partners and 169 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2021 guide, no fewer than 11 different departments achieved the guide’s highest possible ranking (Tier 1): Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation; Dispute Resolution – Debt Recovery; Finance – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Human Resources – Employment Law; Private Client – Agriculture and Estates; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning;  Intellectual Property.