Squire Patton Boggs has won “Corporate Law Firm of the Year” and Paul Mann has been crowned “Dealmaker of the Year” at Insider’s Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards 2020.
In addition to winning Corporate Law Firm of the Year, the firm also won Deal of the Year (£25 million and above) for the acquisition of Customade Group by Nimbus and also Deal of the Year – (between £5 million – £25 million) for advising on the acquisition of Victoria Plum by Endless. Partner Mae Salem was shortlisted for Emerging Dealmaker of the Year.
Among some extremely strong entries for Corporate Law Firm of the Year, the judging panel said that Squire Patton Boggs was a deserving winner after a prolific and excellent year. The 29-strong Leeds team completed nearly 60 deals over the assessed period with an impressive combined deal value of around £1 billion.
On Paul Mann, the judges commented, “The very best M&A lawyers contribute in relationships and Paul does that now. He has the maturity to carry relationships from one transaction to another. One of the reasons he is so busy is because people respect and trust him and value his involvement. And in difficult economic times, legal advice is incredibly important.”
Hannah Kendrick, head of the Leeds Corporate team, said, “These awards cap what has been an exceptionally busy year for us and I’m so proud of how the team has pulled out all of the stops to get deals done during such a challenging time. This recognition means a lot because it reflects the views of professionals we work with, who know the market and are well-placed to judge our success.
“The icing on the cake is Paul’s win. We could not be more delighted that his achievements have been recognised. Our only regret is that we couldn’t make it on to the stage to pick up our awards this year, but we will definitely celebrate together when we can!”