The winners of the Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency (TRI) Awards 2018 have been revealed in a ceremony held at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel.
Held immediately after the TRI Conference, the awards celebrated the range, variety and best practice of work undertaken by professionals in the TRI space, both as firms and individually.
Overall, 26 awards were given out on a night which highlighted achievement and vital work in an industry which seeks to rescue struggling businesses and provide the best outcome possible for creditors.
Big winners on the evening included DLA Piper, which took the award for Corporate Rescue of the Year – Legal Team for its work on the Conviviality administration, while Rob Lyons and David Ampaw – both of DLA Piper – took the Rising Star and the Diversity Champion gongs respectively.
Meanwhile, PwC was also recognised for its work on the Conviviality administration, picking up the Corporate Rescue of the Year (Large) Award. Mazars took the corresponding Corporate Rescue of the Year (Medium) for its work on the KFS Realisations collapse.
Unusually for these awards, there were joint winners in the Corporate Restructuring Lawyer of the Year category, with the judges unable to separate Shoosmiths’ James Keates and Eversheds Sutherland’s Carl Allen.
Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year – 11 or more licensed appointment-taking Insolvency Practitioners went to Grant Thornton, while Menzies collected the Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year – four to 10 licensed appointment-taking Insolvency Practitioners title.
Guests were also entertained by Mock The Week and Eight Out of 10 Cats regular Ed Byrne, who also presented the awards.
Credit Strategy would like to thank all the awards sponsors – CAPA, Gordon Brothers, John Pye, Menzies, Metis, AnyStockBuyer.com, Quantuma, Debenhams Ottaway, Smith & Williamson, Nexia International and Manolete Partners.
The winners of the TRI Awards 2018 are:
1 Asset Valuer/Auctioneer of the Year
Winner: John Pye
2 Corporate Rescue of the Year – Legal Team
Winner: DLA Piper
3 Corporate Restructuring Lawyer of the Year
Joint Winners: Carl Allen, Eversheds Sutherland and James Keates, Shoosmiths
4 Education and Training Provider of the Year
5 Insolvency and Restructuring Chambers of the Year
Winner: 9 Stone Buildings
6 Insolvency Law Firm of the Year (over three insolvency partners)
Winner: CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
7 Insolvency Law Firm of the Year (up to three insolvency partners)
Winner: Coffin Mew
8 Boutique Insolvency Firm of the Year
Winner: Herron Fisher
Highly commended: LM Insolvency & Advisory
9 Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year – 4-10 licensed appointment-taking Insolvency Practitioners
10 Creditor Engagement Award
Winner: The Insolvency Panel
11 Chambers and Technology Award
Winner: Wilsons Auctions
12 Insolvency Team of the Year – National
Winner: The Insolvency Service and PwC Carillion Team
13 Turnaround Firm of the Year
Winner: Gibson Hewitt
14 Turnaround of the Year
Winner: AURELIUS Equity Opportunities – Getronics
15 Corporate Rescue of the Year Large
Winner: PwC – Conviviality
16 Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year – 11 or more licensed appointment-taking Insolvency Practitioners
Winner: Grant Thornton
17 Corporate Restructuring IP of the Year
Winner: Michael Chamberlain, Chamberlain & Co
18 International Firm of the Year
Winner: FTI Consulting
19 Rising Star Award
Winner: Rob Lyons, DLA Piper
Winner: Sam Ballinger, PwC
20 Insolvency Team of the Year – Regional
Winner: Smith Cooper
21 Corporate Rescue of the Year – Medium
22 Insolvency Litigation Funder of the Year
Winner: Therium Capital Management
23 Diversity Champion
Winner: David Ampaw, DLA Piper
24 The TRI Company Award for Diversity and Inclusion
Winner: Pinsent Masons
Highly commended: Grant Thornton
25 Property Valuation Provider of the Year
Winner: John Pye
26 Best Use of Technology
Winner: Pinsent Masons