Belfast Telegraph

Two companies celebrate after scooping top corporate awards

By Heather McGarrigle

Two companies are celebrating after scooping prestigious corporate awards.

Arthur Cox clinched the award for Corporate Law firm of the Year at Northern Ireland's first Insider DealMakers awards.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland branch of business advisory firm BDO managed to pick up two awards.

BDO faced competition from Northern Ireland's other major accountancy practices, legal firms, investment funds and banks.

The company won the award for NI Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year 2011.

Their second win was shared with Mills Selig for the NI Deal of the Year Award for the purchase of O'Kanes Poultry Ltd by Moy Park Ltd.

Crescent Capital won Business Funding Team of the Year, Northern Bank were named Corporate Banking Team of the Year and Kevin Kingston received the award for DealMaker of the Year.

Almost 200 professionals attended the ceremony to celebrate successes in the corporate finance industry.

Johnny Webb, BDO head of corporate finance, who was also shortlisted for DealMaker of the Year, said: "We are thrilled that our efforts over the years to be a proactive and energetic team focusing on the needs of local ambitious businesses has been recognised by our peers."

This was the first regional final in Northern Ireland for the Insider Dealmaker Awards, and was the culmination of the Insider's Northern Ireland Business of Finance Conference 2011.

Mr Webb said: "Setting up, financing and closing deals is the essence of business.

"We must recognise the important role played by those who advise companies."