Numis Securities acted as corporate broker and sponsor to Chime in the execution of its acquisition of Essentially. EPL Advisory were Chime&rsquo;s financial adviser, while Cenkos Securities was financial advisor to Essentially.<br /><br />Numis has advised Chime for five years, and previously advised on its acquisition of advertising agency VCCP &ndash; of fame &ndash; and sports marketing agency Fast Track.<br /><br />The team at Numis was led by its corporate finance director Nick Westlake, and included managing director of corporate broking Chris Wilkinson and corporate finance manager Richard Thomas.<br /><br />So far this year, Numis has advised on over 25 corporate advisory transactions and is currently acting on four takeovers, one of which is hostile. <br /><br />It has also raised around &pound;1bn for its corporate clients, with recent deals including raising &pound;82m for Unite Group and &pound;60m for Primary Health Properties.<br /><br />Westlake&rsquo;s clients include Wilmington Group, UTV and International Public Partnerships. He has recently advised on Raven Russia's &pound;61m takeover of Raven Mount and related &pound;76m fundraise, UTV's takeover of the Wireless Group and subsequent fundraise and Yougov's US acquisition of Polimetrix and related European acquisitions. <br /><br />Emma Keens<br />