Hill Dickinson leads North West M&A legal advisory in 2022

Date posted:
Tue 21 February 2023

Ranking comes as national Corporate and Banking team advise on approximately £4 billion worth of deals across the year

Leading law firm Hill Dickinson has been ranked as the top legal adviser for M&A transactions in the North West for 2022, according to a new report by Experian Market IQ. The announcement marks a notable increase in activity for the team, rising to the top spot from its previous ranking of 4th in 2021.

The Liverpool headquartered firm advised, in aggregate, on 45 transactions in the North West across 2022. The ranking for the North West team follows a record year for the Corporate and Banking team nationally, which debuted in the top 20 of Experian’s national rankings, rising to 19 from the previous year’s ranking of 23. Nationally, the team advised on 73 transactions in 2022 with a total value of approximately £4 billion.

The record growth comes as the team has continued to expand its team nationally, with the headcount of its Corporate and Banking team reaching over 100 for the first time.

In the North West, specific highlights for the team included acting for Xeinadin and management on the investment by Exponent Private Equity, acting for Steve Parry MBE and Becky Adlington MBE on the sale of 60% of Total Swimming Limited to JD Sports and acting for Northedge on its investment in ramarketing.

Ian Riggs, national head of the Hill Dickinson Corporate team said: “Our ranking for 2022 is hugely encouraging, having risen from fourth last year. It reflects not only the volume of our advisory work, but the quality too, which is testament to both our North West and national teams. During the past 12 months, our Corporate and Banking team has grown to a national headcount of over 100 people, was ranked third in the Q1 2023 AIM client adviser rankings and has advised on deals with an aggregate value of approximately £4 billion.

“All this comes at a time when many across the region – indeed the UK – have been readying themselves to withstand a challenging financial and economic outlook. It’s promising to see the North West achieve a ten-year record in deal volume despite this backdrop and rewarding to know Hill Dickinson has played a key part in enabling this activity. As we move into 2023, we are eager to maintain this momentum and continue to deliver quality advice to some of the most exciting, ambitious businesses across the region, nationally and overseas.”