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Advisory firm HNH seals 14 deals in best year

By Staff Reporter

The corporate finance section of business advisory firm HNH has said it had its best ever year after cutting 14 deals in 2016.

Among the deals by HNH Group in Belfast were three acquisitions, two company sales and four growth capital backings. Its work included acting for Belfast Telegraph owner Independent News & Media on the purchase of four magazines, including Ulster Business from Greer Publications.

HNH also acted in the sale of Northern MRI to Affidea, a Dublin-based healthcare business, as well as advising Your Doctor Medical Services on the acquisition of clinics in the Republic.

The Belfast practice advises on corporate finance, business restructuring, forensic accounting, human capital and digital strategy. So far this year, it has advised on investment deals for Click Energy in Londonderry and agri firm PE Services in Cavan.

Craig Holmes, managing director of HNH Group, said its position in the market had been “boosted by a steady upturn of the market for M&A and healthy levels of fundraising activity”.

He said: “It is encouraging to see different types of transactions taking place and activity spanning industries as diverse as engineering, healthcare, technology and hospitality, not to mention a range of active companies including plcs, privately-owned large companies and early-stage businesses.”

The firm was last week named Insider NI Corporate Finance Firm of the Year for 2017.

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