Top rank for dealmaking North East law firm Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway was the most active dealmaking North East law firm of last year, an independent survey has revealed

Research from financial information provider Experian Corpfin puts the firm at the top of a list of corporate dealmakers across the region for 2013, ranked by the number of transactions each firm has been involved with.

In the 12 months to the end of December, Ward Hadaway advised on 18 transactions involving businesses with a North East connection, four ahead of its nearest rival in the region.

High-profile deals which Ward Hadaway advised on in 2013 included the stock market flotation of Applied Graphene Materials, the £22m investment in Newcastle-based global recruitment specialist Nigel Frank International by ISIS Equity Partners and HSBC Bank plc and the sale of iconic Northumberland fishing tackle maker Hardy & Greys.

The firm’s corporate finance team also provided legal advice on the sale of online learning company Creating Careers to outsourcing giant Capita plc, an investment in Express Engineering by private equity company LDC and the sale of marine insurer Seacurus Ltd to Barbican Group Holdings Ltd.

Martin Hulls, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Ward Hadaway, said: “This is a fantastic performance by the team who have worked incredibly hard throughout the past 12 months. As well as a reflection of their skills, expertise and experience it also demonstrates the ambition, vision and determination of a wide range of businesses.”

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