Independent North East law firm Hay & Kilner is celebrating double success in the 2019 Business Insider Dealmakers Awards.
The Newcastle-based firm’s specialist corporate and commercial law team is among the nominees for the Awards’ Corporate Law Firm of the Year category, while the quality of the advice the team provided to architectural practice Medical Architecture during its acquisition of London-based TM Architects has been recognised in the Deal of the Year (transaction size below £2.5m) category shortlist.
Medical Architecture is an award-winning design practice which focuses on the design and planning of healthcare environments, including hospitals, specialist care centres and integrated care facilities.
The long-established practice, which has an office on Collingwood Street in central Newcastle as well as one in London, acquired TM Architects earlier this year as part of plans to build its presence in the housing sector across South East England, in which TM Architects has a strong track record.
Paul Yeomans, a director at Medical Architecture, says: “The support and advice we had from the Hay & Kilner team around completing this deal was highly professional, and helped make the acquisition process a smooth and manageable one for all parties.”
Hay & Kilner’s experienced corporate and commercial team has previously been highlighted in the independent industry bible The Legal 500 as delivering ‘first-rate advice that is thorough and comprehensive’.
Other projects on which the firm’s corporate and commercial team has advised throughout a busy year include the sale of Vet Direct Services to CVS Group Plc and the MBO of Gateshead-based publisher Kingfisher Media.
Jonathan Waters, managing partner at Hay & Kilner, adds: “We’re extremely pleased to have gained this double recognition in the Dealmakers Awards’ shortlist and to have been ranked among the very best in the regional professional services community.
“Mergers and acquisitions of all sizes and values have long been a significant part of the firm’s work, but we’re seeing demand grow for our corporate and commercial law services, especially for higher value and more complex projects, and have been investing in the team to ensure we have the resources required to meet it.
“The team works with North East business owners and entrepreneurs on a wide range of different projects, from business and share acquisitions and disposals, through to corporate refinancing, MBOs and employee share option schemes, and has the skills and expertise needed to help our clients meet their personal and commercial objectives.”
Established in 1946, Hay & Kilner is one of the North East’s leading independent law firms and provides a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals from both within and outside the region.
The winners of the 2019 Business Insider Dealmakers Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the Gateshead Hilton on Thursday 26 September.