An outstanding performance by the Corporate Finance team at business advisers and accountants Hazlewoods has been rewarded with a top five position in the national mergers and acquisitions rankings.
The Gloucestershire firm, which completed deals worth more than £1 billion in 2021, has been named the fifth most active adviser in the UK by Experian MarketIQ.
Experian’s annual report, which rates advisers on the volume of deals completed, reveals that Hazlewoods rose one place, from sixth to fifth, in the UK – beating some of the Big Four firms.
It also ranked Hazlewoods in the top five regionally in London, the Midlands, East of England, and the South West, and in the top ten in Wales, Yorkshire and Humber, and the South East.
Overall, 2021 was a record-breaking year for the Hazlewoods award-winning Corporate Finance team, who completed 170 transactions – more than three a week – valued at £1.074 billion.
Deal volumes were up 14% nationally, according to Experian. The number of deals completed by Hazlewoods were up 28% on 2020, with the combined value of transactions up 41%.
Jane Turner, Research Manager at Experian MarketIQ, said: “2021 sits as one of the global M&A market’s best ever years, with ready access to capital and consistently low interest rates fuelling a surge in deal-making as economies across the world bounced back from the effects of the pandemic.”
Hazlewoods Partner, Paul Fussell (pictured) said: “It is a fantastic achievement to take the number five slot in the national rankings, which is down to the hard work and dedication of the team.
“We are also delighted to report that the strong recovery last year is continuing into 2022. Our growing team is helping more clients than ever buy and sell businesses.”
Hazlewoods has an innovative team of over 40 who specialise in mergers, acquisitions, disposals, management buyouts, refinancing and due diligence assignments.