Shoosmiths’ Emma Gibson has defended her title of Lawyer of the Year at the Thames Valley Deals Awards 2013.
The law firm had two finalists in the same category: private-equity specialist Gibson and fellow partner Rebecca Mauleverer, who specialises in debt finance.
The annual awards are run by The Business Magazine and attract entries from banks and private-equity houses, business advisers, lawyers and other intermediaries from across the Thames Valley and the Solent.
Last year proved a particularly successful year for Gibson and her Thames Valley-based team. Highlights included the £111m sale of domiciliary care services provider Enara Group to MITIE Group and topping the Corpfin rankings for number of deals done in the south east in 2012, with the Shoosmiths national corporate team being placed third in the UK overall.
Gibson’s role as director of the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) also came in for high praise at the annual awards ceremony, as well as her voluntary role as chair of the LEP’s Access to Finance group, which helps provide funding strategies for small and start-up businesses.
Mauleverer was recognised for her work on the management buy-in of Oxford-based Eddingtons, which was founded by Leumi ABL, and for advising RBS on the financing of AnnaCap’s acquisition of the IFG Group.