National law firm Shoosmiths is celebrating after being named Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious M&A awards 2015.
The annual awards, held at Victoria Park Plaza in London, recognise and celebrate the achievements of management teams, advisers and financiers who, over the past 12 months, have demonstrated excellence in deal making.
The Law Firm of the Year award recognises Shoosmiths high-quality advice on deals, commitment to service excellence and strength in depth of the national corporate team.
Shoosmiths corporate team was praised by the judging panel for their work on high profile, national deals including advising on the sale of Rex Features (Holdings) Limited to Shutterstock Inc; advising Park Holidays UK Ltd on the simultaneous sale and acquisition of holiday parks in the South West; advising Peugeot Motor Company Plc on the sale of Motaquip; and providing expert legal advice on over 20 deals with Octopus Investments Limited.
The firm demonstrated its ability to combine their local knowledge with their national strength in M&A, banking, private equity, tax, competition law and pensions to offer their clients a 'one stop shop' that advises on deals which are carefully structured, tax efficient and successfully achieve client objectives.
Shoosmiths corporate team were also recognised for their specialist knowledge and understanding of the sectors they work within and for initiating a range of efficiencies and innovations for clients approaching deals to help them successfully overcome challenges that arise in complex mergers and acquisitions.
Commenting on the award win, corporate partner, Chris Garnett said:
'We are proud to receive such a prestigious award which recognises our reputation for securing the best possible deals for our clients.
'This is the result of a tremendous effort on the part of our corporate team to really understand the markets our clients operate within and invest time in listening and working closely with them to find a better way of delivering advice, saving them time and money.
'This has been a great year so far for Shoosmiths. Not only has our success been recognised by a series of awards, but we have also picked up several new mandates from companies who have been on the other side of us in deals.'
Hywel Roberts from Growth Business, said: 'Shoosmiths has an exceptional team of practitioners working in the deal advisory space. They offer fantastic regional coverage as well as extensive sector-specific knowledge. The prize of Law Firm of the Year at the M&A Awards is richly deserved and I am confident Shoosmiths will continue to go from strength to strength.'
Shoosmiths' corporate team advises public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle. Shoosmiths works with businesses from start up and first round finance through to mergers and acquisitions, MBO and MBI transactions, development funding and on exits, whether by way of sale, listing or private equity investment.
The national corporate team has recently been placed second by deal volume in Experian Corpfin's UK Deal Review and Advisor League Table.