Clyde Blowers chief's efforts are recognised at Insider awards
Clyde Blowers chairman and chief executive Jim McColl has won the highly prestigious Scottish Business Insider Dealmaker of the Year award.
A series of impressive deals to both find and unlock value secured his place as winner of the category.
"He raised a huge amount of money for his latest fund and continues to be at the forefront of some of
The judges said his sale of Clyde Union Pumps and Maag Group from the Clyde Blowers Capital Fund II, the closing of CBC Fund III and the acquisitions of Moventas and Unigear demonstrated his ability to create and realise value.
The Deal of the Year category was won by
The panel was won over by the determination of the majority shareholders managing director Colin Temple and finance director Mark Crutchley to ensure staff shared in the proceeds of the deal with US giant Genesco. Thousands of staff shared in a £37.34m windfall.
"The way this deal was structured shows that it isnt just the guys at the top who do well when businesses do well," commented one panelmember.
"The fact there have been no job losses and the company and its management team remain headquartered in
The company also won the Deal of the Year category.
Acquisition of the year was Weir Group's purchase of US based Seaboard.
The US$675m deal was seen as a key milestone for Weir as it looked to broaden its upstream oil & gas product portfolio. The company beat off competition in an auction process to secure victory with an aggressive valuation.
"Weir has a very clear acquisition strategy in place and act decisively to achieve their aims," added one of the judges.
The Small/Mid-sized Company Deals of the Year was one of
"A great achievement to get the float away in difficult market conditions and an impressive share price performance since," said one member of the panel of the Glasgow-based gas meter specialist.
The company raised £27m and has used the proceeds to fund ambitious growth plans.
The deal will enable Leapfrog to provide riskprotection products to around 1.4m low-income people.
The panel said it was a "highly imaginative approach to investment which very much looks to the future".
Legal Advisor of the Year was the Burness Corporate Finance Team.
The panel was impressed by the major transactions the team was involved in, including acting for Aberdeen-based SeaEnergy in the sale of its offshore wind farm project development subsidiary to Spanish group Repsol for £42m.
Transaction Support Advisor of the Year was Drew Stevenson of PwC.
The judges said the range and complexity of deals that Stevenson's team were involved in over the year made him a very worthy winner of the new title.
Stevenson and his team have provided support for 22 deal completions over the past year with his departments revenue increasing by 24 per cent since 2010 despite the highly challenging nature of the deals market.
Transactions the team provided support for over the 12 months included First Milk's acquisition of CNP Professional and Jacobs Engineerings acquisition of the P&C division of Aker Solutions.
Deals Transaction Support team of the year was the PwC corporate finance team.
The nine-strong team, led by senior partner David Leslie, has been one of the leading dealmaking teams in the Scottish market for over 20 years.
Major transactions it worked on during the year included the refinancing of Dunfermline-based retinal scanning group Optos where the team identified potential new funding partners.
The judging panel for the awards was chaired by Guy Stenhouse of Noble Grossart. Other panel members were Colin Aitken of UBS, Hew Balfour of CPD Solutions, Angus Jack of UBS Wealth Management, David Nish of Standard Life Plc. David Maclellan of RJD Partners and Ronnie Mercer of ScottishWater.