Insider editor Chris Maguire said: “We had a phenomenal number of entries this year which reflects the increasing confidence in the deals market. In the Deal of the Year category we had no fewer than 25 submissions.

“This remains the premier deals event in the calendar and we’ve made a number of improvements this year to make sure it’s better than ever.”

The final prize handed out on 24 October will be the prestigious Dealmaker of the Year and the winner will be chosen on the night.

The shortlists are:
Transaction Services Team of the Year Sponsored by: Leumi
Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services
Grant Thornton
Ernst & Young

Deal of the Year (sub £5m) Sponsored by: Bridge Insurance
MBO of Davenham Group’s residual loan book. Supported by Dow Schofield Watts
MBO of Armstrong Craven from Work Group with £3.5m investment from ISIS Equity Partners. Advised by Clearwater
MBO of Sage Construction. Advised by Clearwater.
Vee24 raises £3.5m from Data Point Capital and Point Judith Capital. Advised by Weightmans.
£3.35m sale of Archive Solutions to Restore Ltd. Advised by Benchmark International