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HCR take top spot in M&A deal league table

By Karolina Skinner
2 August 2021

Client demand for mergers and acquisitions took Harrison Clark Rickerbys to the top spot nationally across the UK for the number of deals it completed during the first half of this year, a ranking echoed in the East of England and the South West, with second place in the South East, Midlands and Wales, according to Experian’s first-half M&A report for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The firm advised on 113 mid-market deals in the first half of the year to top the legal volume rankings for the first time. Working together with clients and with colleagues across the firm, to respond to the upward trend as clients look for opportunities to grow and develop in the market, HCR’s corporate teams also made the top 10 in both London and the North West.

Rich Wilkey (pictured), head of HCR’s corporate team nationally, said: "Coming out of lockdown, we knew there would be a high demand for business opportunities, especially given the strong equity and debt markets, and so it has proved. We’re delighted to be in the top spot and we fully expect a full pipeline of transactions during the rest of the year for our team across the country."

Experian ranks deals by volume and by value – all deals included are worth £500,000 or more. You can see the full report here.

About Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 780 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients regionally and nationwide.

The firm has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys' work in all aspects of law is nationally and internationally recognised. Clients’ comments about the quality of its work has led to the firm being listed in Tier 1 of the prestigious The Legal 500 and Chamber and Partners directories of the major law firms in England and Wales.