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DWF's Corporate team advises on more than £5bn in deals in 2022

14 February 2023

The UK and Ireland Corporate team of DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has advised on deals with a combined value of more than £5.1billion in 2022. 

Technology transactions continued to drive much of the activity for DWF's Corporate practice with 27% of all deals being in that sector. 

The team advised on a number of high profile deals including advising Connex One, the customer engagement platform, on its £93m fundraising round; acting for connectivity and productivity solutions provider Plan.com on its acquisition of Telserve Group; OGL Computer Support Services Limited on its disposal; CentralNic Group PLC on its secondary placing and open offer fundraising; and the shareholders of global risk intelligence business Crisp Thinking Group on its sale to US headquartered Kroll.

DWF saw significant activity in other sectors in 2022 including in energy and industrials accounting for 22% of DWF's deal volume, with market leading deals such as the disposal of Workdry International Limited (the UK’s leading leasing provider of water pump and wastewater treatment assets) to Arcus Infrastructure Fund. The financial services sector made up 16% of deals.

Frank Shephard, Global Head of Corporate at DWF, said: "The challenges for transactional teams in 2022 with high interest rates, rocketing inflation and war in Europe are well documented. Despite all of these disruptive factors there remained a market for high quality, well run businesses especially in the telecommunications, enterprise software, infrastructure and financial services sectors. 

"Throughout the year we have invested in high quality individuals and the concentration on our key sector and skill set strengths have led to such a strong performance. We continue to engage with regional, national and international businesses and our connection to our local markets is key to our strategy to support clients to meet their ambitions.

"It's also pleasing to see a real spread of activity across all of our eight core sectors during 2022, supported by our team of international sector specialists."

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