CAs win big at business awards

By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

10 September 2018

CAs shine bright at Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards 2018, taking home some of the night’s top accolades.

Stewart Langdon CA was awarded the prestigious Dealmaker of the Year Award for his work at LeapFrog Investments where he is Co-Head of South Asian Investments.

The judges praised Stewart, who is based in Edinburgh, for making a “real impact on people’s lives internationally”, and for how he has helped raise the profile of the investment firm “which is talked about now but wasn’t when LeapFrog Investments was set up 10 years ago.”

Stewart Langdon CA accepting the Dealmaker of the Year Award

Stewart said: "I’m honoured to win this award.

"The panel has shown real leadership in giving this to an organisation that focuses on businesses that combined both the profit motive and the social impact of a business.

"I am glad that Scotland is taking the lead in recognising the emergence of a new approach to capitalism."

LeapFrog specialises in investing in the financial services of emerging markets, with portfolio companies providing products in countries including India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

MB Aerospace's transaction to acquire the Asian Compressor Technology Services Company of Taiwan won Deal of the Year, having already been awarded Acquisition of the Year earlier in the evening.

Gregor Goodwin CA (L) and Craig Gallagher with MB Aerospace's Deal of the Year and Acquisition of the Year Awards

Edinburgh-based Miller Homes took home the MBO/MBI/IBO/EBO of the Year Award, with judges saying the company was the “clear winner, of the category” for both the size of the deal and how it was funded from the bond market.

Ian Murdoch CA, CFO of Miller Homes, said: "The Miller Homes team was delighted to receive this award as not only is it testimony to the strength of the business, it recognises a complex transaction involving M&A and pioneering debt funding in our sector."

Accountancy and advisory firm Grant Thornton took home the Deal Transaction Support Award, with the judges saying they were impressed by the £600m worth of deals the firm secured over the last year.

Judges commended “the depth of local expertise with them doing complex cross-border deals from a team based in Scotland’’.

Neil McInnes, Director of Corporate Finance at Grant Thornton said that he was “pleased that the judges highlighted the quality of the transactions we advised during the year”, going on to say that “2017 was a record year for the Scottish Corporate Finances team at Grant Thornton.”

Insider editor Ken Symon praised the Scottish dealmaking community in his welcome speech. He said: “As all of you here know what it takes, the long road you have to travel to get a deal from the germ of an idea, or the initial approach, to the point of exchanging signatures over the boardroom table or more likely these days online.

“It involves keeping faith, it involves stickability but also flexibility to make the process work and to deal hopefully sensitively with all the personalities – or should I say egos – involved.

“It is overall a marathon rather than a sprint – although there will probably be a few sprints involved as well at some points in the process.

“The experience of deals that founder make the ones that succeed all the sweeter – and it is those triumphs we are marking tonight – celebrating those deals that made it all the way to the finish line.”

Source: Insider


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