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14 Dec - IBI Corporate Finance announced as top Irish Dealmaker

IBI Corporate Finance has been announced as the leading deal adviser in Ireland by specialist M&A publisher, MergerMarket. IBI Corporate Finance advised on 12 announced transactions during the year.

The MergerMarket tables provide an annual review of global M&A activity and sees IBI Corporate Finance in top position as financial adviser based on the volume of transactions advised on in Ireland in 2017. In the year in which the senior management of IBI completed a buy-out of the firm from Bank of Ireland Group, this result reinforces IBI’s market-leading position as it has now been recognised as the number one financial adviser in 12 of the last 13 years.

Completed deals on which IBI Corporate Finance advised during 2017 included the €340m sale by listed global nutrition group,Glanbia plc, of 60% of its branded consumer dairy and agribusiness division, Dairy Ireland, to Glanbia Co-Operative Society; the sale of plastics manufacturer, Athlone Extrusions, to Swiss company, Schweiter Technologies; and the strategic partnership between Dawn Meats Group and Northern Irish meat giant, Dunbia. IBI advised on buy-side and sell-side deals across the food/agribusiness, business services, technology, energy, industrial and financial services sectors.

Speaking today, Tom Godfrey, Chief Executive of IBI Corporate Finance, commented that “We are delighted that our number one position has been recognised yet again this year by Mergermarket, particularly in this first year of our independent status. We consistently advise on more deals in Ireland than any other adviser and it is this deal experience which helps our clients achieve success in their transactions.”

Commenting on the outlook for 2018, Mr. Godfrey said: “In spite of the ongoing global geopolitical uncertainty, we believe that Ireland will continue to be an attractive destination for international investors seeking to enhance their European presence, given its stable currency and strong growth trajectory and the clarity provided by the recently concluded Phase I Brexit negotiations. Domestic and international companies continue to seek out mid-market M&A opportunities for strategic growth. We in IBI have visibility on a strong pipeline for 2018, particularly in the food, consumer, healthcare and energy sectors.”

About MergerMarket

MergerMarket covers corporate finance activity in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. MergerMarket generates proprietary intelligence and delivers it, together with daily aggregated content, on its http://www.mergermarket.com/info/platform.

About IBI Corporate Finance

IBI Corporate Finance is Ireland's leading corporate finance adviser, providing expert, independent advice. It acts for public, private and semi-state companies covering a wide spectrum of domestic and international transactions.

IBI Corporate Finance is the Irish member of Oaklins, the world’s most experienced mid-market M&A adviser.

Issued on behalf of IBI Corporate Finance by Gordon MRM

Ray Gordon

ray@gordonmrm.ie