TO THE Millenium Hotel last night for the sixth Vitesse Media M&A awards, which saw 300 of the finest mid-market venture capitalists, corporate financiers and advisers descend on Mayfair for the annual knees up.
Although it has been a relatively lean year of deals, rainmakers still found reason to raise a glass. The first of those was to toast Grant Thornton’s Rupert Rawcliffe, who won the coveted personality of the year gong. “Rupert is able to smell a deal a mile off” was the consensus among his peers last night.
The provider of legal services to Krispy Kreme, Shoosmiths, won law firm of the Year. The company was described by judges as being “a small firm that punches above its weight” which must be a compliment, even if a back handed one. The purchase of Clairmail by mobile banking company Monitise was named cross-border deal of the Year, pharmaceuticals firm Clinigen took IPO of the Year, Towergate Insurance boss Mark Hodges was crowned best dealmaker and Probikekit’s sale to the Hut Group by Encore Capital was named best UK deal.