Clearly winning!


Clearwater Corporate Finance plc has scooped another two awards in Midlands Business Insider’s 2004 Dealmakers.

Phil Burns, who heads up Clearwater has been voted ‘Dealmaker of the Year’. Fellow partner Jon Hustler was also nominated but narrowly missed out to his colleague.

Clearwater, which was itself a management buy-out, has strong roots in the Midlands. The Nottingham office of BDO Stoy Hayward became part of Tenon plc then some 18 months later the Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester offices undertook an MBO and Clearwater was created in March 2003.

Clearwater’s second accolade was the award of ‘Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year’, which the company has won for the second year running.

The £46 million Britton Group MBO, which was led and funded by East Midlands advisers including Clearwater and LDC, was pipped at the post for ‘Deal of the Year’.

The Dealmakers awards are all about corporate financiers judging which of their peers should be crowned as the leaders in their field. The publication strongly believes that the shortlist for each category is an excellent reflection of who has been busy over the past year.

Phil Burns and Jon Hustler were also short listed for the ‘Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year’ category and narrowly missed out.

Clearwater is the UK’s largest independent corporate finance house focusing exclusively on mid market transactions up to £100 million. Partner Phil Burns said: “It is always good to carry the flag for Nottingham and we’re delighted to bring these awards home to the city.”