HCR ranked second across UK for merger and acquisition deals

15th February 2024

Experian’s full year report has been released – and HCR Law has been ranked second across the United Kingdom for merger and acquisition (M&A) deals.

From local businesses securing funding for their growth plans to multi-million pound acquisitions and private equity transactions, the firm’s deals this year also covered a range of businesses.

The firm’s Corporate team facilitated deals for companies across the UK – notably across the South and Midlands. The full year report, which details market insight data across the UK and Republic of Ireland, ranked HCR first for deals in the Midlands, South East and South West – maintaining its position since November’s report.

Examples of notable deals in the last twelve months include a secondary buy-out for high-performance transmissions manufacturer Xtrac, the successful management buyout of Macro following its acquisition by Mace Group, and a large investment deal into London-based data leveraging firm and immersive advertising consultancy business GEEIQ.

HCR’s corporate tech hub in Cambridge saw deals including a funding round for key cleantech player Immaterial, and  significant investment for aircraft seating manufacturer Unum.

Across the rest of the UK, the firm’s sound guidance to the dealmaking community has led to a position of second in the East of England, third in Wales and fifth in London.

The team have also carried out a large number of deals in the health and social care sector – 153 in 2023 – as well as being nominated as a finalist in last years’ EdInvestor Awards for the Legal Advisor of the Year – to Deal-making award.

Richard Wilkey, Head of National and London Corporate teams, said: “The latest Experian report shows that businesses from across the country turn to us when they need leading advice to grow their businesses and realise their ambitions. We’re pleased to be with them on their journeys. I’m delighted that HCR continues to be recognised as a top national dealmaker.

“The extensive deal activity being carried out across the UK is great to see. The pipeline for the year ahead looks strong; I’m excited to see what it brings. We’ll continue to support the businesses and communities we work with to succeed.”