Pinsent Masons keeps top spot in Aim rankings with client wins

Pinsent Masons has retained its lead at the top of the most recent Aim rankings, with an increase of seven clients since the last quarter of 2012.

The latest Adviser Rankings tables put Memery Crystal in second place with 43 clients – a fall of two since last year (29 October 2012). Offshore firm Carey Olsen acquired one extra client to lift it into joint third place alongside Lawrence Graham

Pinsents’ client wins include vehicle products designer and manufacturer Anthony Best Dyamics, oil and gas exploration company Zoltav Resources and China Chaintek, a provider of logistics services to consumer goods manufacturers.

Sean Page, a corporate finance partner at Pinsents, said: “We’ve always had a very strong Aim practice, and when we picked up McGrigors we also added their stock of Aim clients. They were very strong in oil and gas capital markets. We have also added to that organically.”

Stephenson Harwood and Kerman & Co were also standout performers. The former added three extra Aim clients, jumping from ninth to sixth place. Kerman won eight new clients to leap up the rankings from fourteenth to seventh, with wins including Gold Oil and URU Metals.

At the other end of the spectrum, Norton Rose Fulbright tumbled down the charts from sixth to tenth place after its Aim client list decreased from 32 to 28 companies. The firm has previously led the quarterly rankings on three occasions since they began. 

By total market capitalisation of clients, Norton Rose falls outside of the top 20, recording a value of £1.1bn compared to the runaway leader – Lawrence Graham – whose Aim clients had a combined value of £6.3bn. 

Pinsents also had a good showing in the FTSE Aim 100 and FTSE Aim UK 50 charts, taking first and second place respectively. At the top of the latter chart, it was joined by Osborne Clarke, both firms acting for five clients. 

In terms of industry breakdown, Norton Rose also dropped down the financial client table – falling from fifth to eleventh place after a drop of three clients. Stephenson Harwood, on the other hand, hopped up from sixth place to take the top spot in the technology table, after gaining three clients.

All Aim clients

Rank July 2013 Rank Oct 2012 Firm Number of clients July 2013 Number of clients Oct 2012
1 1 Pinsent Masons 56 49
2 2 Memery Crystal 43 45
3 3 Carey Olsen 40 39
3 3 Lawrence Graham 40 40
5 5 Fasken Martineau 32 33
6 9 Stephenson Harwood 31 28
7 7 DLA Piper 30 30
7 14 Kerman & Co 30 22
9 10 Field Fisher Waterhouse 29 25
10 6 Norton Rose Fulbright 28 32
11 10 Appleby 27 25
12 10 Berwin Leighton Paisner 26 25
12 7 Eversheds 26 30
14 14 Watson, Farley & Williams 22 22
15 18 Fladgate 21 20
15 16 Gowlings (UK) 21 21
15 18 Travers Smith 21 20
18 18 Cains 21 20
18 X K&L Gates 20 X

FTSE Aim 100 clients

Rank July 2013 Rank Oct 2012 Firm Number of clients July 2013 Number of clients Oct 2012
1 1 Pinsent Masons 8 9
2 9 Addleshaw Goddard 6 3
2 5 Carey Olsen 6 5
2 2 Lawrence Graham 6 6
5 9 Bird & Bird 5 3
5 7 Osborne Clarke 5 4
7 2 Conyers Dill & Pearman 4 6
7 9 SJ Berwin 4 3
7 9 Stephenson Harwood 4 3
7 X Stikeman Elliot 4 X
11 X Cains 3 X
11 X DLA Piper 3 X
11 5 Eversheds 3 5
11 X Mayer Brown International 3 X
11 2 Memery Crystal 3 6
11 X Olswang 3 X

FTSE Aim 50 clients

Rank July 2013 Rank Oct 2012 Firm Number of clients July 2013 Number of clients Oct 2012
1 2 Osborne Clarke 5 4
1 1 Pinsent Masons 5 6
3 4 Addleshaw Goddard 4 3
4 7 Bird & Bird 3 2
5 X DWF 2 X
5 2 Eversheds 2 4
5 4 Lawrence Graham 2 3
5 7 Memery Crystal 2 2
5 X Olswang 2 X
5 7 Slaughter and May 2 2
5 4 Wragge & Co 2 3

Source: Adviser Rankings