Going for Gold – Benchmark International Achieves Medal Worthy Positions on Pro-Manchester’s ‘Most Active Advisers’ List

Posted on February 16, 2018 By

It may be the bleak midwinter for some, although for others it marks a four year long wait for the Winter Olympics which, for 2018, is being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, between the 9th February and 25th February.

It just so happens that this has coincided with the annual Corporate Finance Review for 2017, presented by Pro-Manchester, the largest business development organisation in the North West that represents business communities across the region, in association with Experian MarketIQ – a UK business database provider.

The review’s aim is to give insight into Manchester’s corporate finance market, examining the deals that Manchester-based advisers have worked on. This has shown that Benchmark International is giving Team GB a run for its money with it gaining all three medal table positions in the (cool) runnings for Manchester’s ‘Most Active Financial Adviser’ of 2017.

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In gold place was Peter Kelly, who advised on a remarkable 25 deals in 2017. In second place, and gaining the silver medal, was Nick Hulme; and in joint third place was Roger Forshaw, who brought in the bronze for Benchmark International.

This is not to mention two other advisers from Benchmark International who made the top 10 –Jonathon Parkinson, who was just one deal short of also gaining bronze position; and Alex Forshaw, who ranked joint seventh in the table.

In a similar vein to GB’s Dom Parsons’ unexpected skeleton bronze medal (previously he only ranked 10th in the Sochi Winter Olympics four years ago), this is a marked improvement for Benchmark International in just one year. In 2016, it only had two advisers in the top 10 – Nick Hulme and Peter Kelly in eighth and ninth positions respectively.

In context, this is a landslide victory for Benchmark International as M&A activity in general during 2017 had slightly dropped compared to 2016. Despite fewer deals, value bucked the trend, as this reached £19.6bn across the North West, which is almost a 41% rise on 2016.

Proving that Benchmark International is also in the competition for quality as well as quantity, it also made the league tables for the ‘Top Transactions by Manchester Advisers’, coming a very respectable fifteenth in Q4 for facilitating the acquisition of Topcrete Ltd by SigmaRoc PLC.

In all, Benchmark International has had an unprecedented year and hopes that Team GB enjoys the same successes during the Winter Olympic Games.


Benchmark International’s global offices provide business owners in the middle market and lower middle market with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. To date, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of $5B across 30 industries worldwide. With decades of global M&A experience, Benchmark International’s deal teams, working from 13 offices across the world, have assisted hundreds of owners with achieving their personal objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses.

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