In addition, the team have also been shortlisted for the Deal of the Year Award for the sale of longstanding clients Easy Autocentres to Goodyear UK.
Commenting on the shortlist announcement, Gareth O’Hara, Senior Partner and Head of Corporate at Wilkes said: “ 2020 has seen a seismic change in the world of business and the way in which we all interact on a day-to-day basis. The Midlands is a hotbed of enterprise and benefits from a strong and determined business community.”
“At Wilkes our Corporate team has done an excellent job in adapting quickly to change, which has allowed us to continue to successfully advise our clients on the full spectrum of M&A and it’s related services such as Commercial Property, Commercial Contracts and Employment law.”
“Reaching the shortlist for International Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year pays testament to the highly skilled teams we have here at Wilkes. We benefit greatly from having an entrepreneurial, SME focused mindset, and we pride ourselves on consistently punching above our weight within the UK and International markets.
Midlands Business Insider editor Kurt Jacobs said: “Despite the impact of Covid-19, the lockdown and subsequent business the last year has still been a good one for Midland dealmaking.”
“There were more than 700 transactions in the region in the year to June 30, worth – where we know the price tag – £8.1bn.”
“That includes 110 development capital deals, 64 buy-ins and buyouts, and 473 acquisitions. Among them were some absolute gems: there’s plenty to celebrate.”