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Annual Reception 2019

The 2019 Corporate Finance Faculty Annual Reception took place on Tuesday 12 November at Painters’ Hall.


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The magnificent Painters' Hall is home to the 13th-century Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, and its own art collection

More than 250 faculty members and guests gathered to recognise excellence in corporate finance.

The event was hosted by David Petrie, Head of Corporate Finance, ICAEW and Mo Merali, Chair of the Corporate Finance Faculty and Head of Private Equity at Grant Thornton.

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Our guest speaker

The Corporate Finance Faculty was delighted to welcome Deb Oxley OBE, Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association as this year’s Annual Reception guest speaker. The audience heard how ICAEW continues to play a key role in supporting and developing policies and practice which establish employee ownership as an attractive and viable alternative to conventional structures.

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Corporate Development Award & Diploma in Corporate Finance Prizes

Pictured from left to right [David Petrie, Deb Oxley OBE, Mo Merali, Sybella Stanley, Alec Stokes, Charlotte Mancuso, Andrew Rutherford, Rosanna Woods]

Corporate Development Award

The award was presented by ICAEW to Sybella Stanley, Director of Corporate Development, RELX plc, by Andrew Rutherford, Commercial Director, Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending.

The Corporate Development award recognises a London-listed company that has significant operations in the UK and whose strategy has made the most effective use of M&A to increase shareholder value – and grow. Such M&A success is of course supported by expert corporate finance advisers. Previous winners of this award represent a wide range of the UK’s most successful industries and have included Weir Group, Intertek, Aberdeen Asset Management, Victoria PLC, Rentokil Initial and Coats Group.

The Corporate Development award is based on a unique ‘best-in-class’ methodology devised by the Corporate Finance Faculty, led by David Petrie, with the M&A Research Centre (MARC) at Cass Business School, led by Professor Scott Moeller.

Prizes for ICAEW’s Diploma in Corporate Finance

This year, the most successful students from each of the two most recent sittings of the ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance, were Alec Stokes, Private Equity Associate, RSM and Charlotte Mancuso, Assistant Manager, Lexington Corporate Finance. Prizes were presented by Rosanna Woods, Managing Director UK, Drooms.

About the Corporate Finance Faculty

ICAEW connects more than 180,000 chartered accountants and students worldwide, providing this community of professionals with the power to build and sustain strong economies.

The Corporate Finance Faculty is the ICAEW’s centre of professional excellence in corporate finance. It contributes to policy development and many consultations by international organisations, governments, regulators and other professional bodies. It provides a wide range of services, events and media to its members, including its highly regarded magazine Corporate Financier and its popular series of best-practice guidelines.

The faculty’s network includes more than 80 member organisations. Members are drawn from major professional services groups, specialist advisory firms, companies, banks and alternative lenders, private equity, venture capital, law firms, brokers, consultants, policy-makers and academic experts. More than 40 per cent of the faculty’s membership is from beyond ICAEW.

The faculty also provides technical expertise for the ICAEW’s Diploma in Corporate Finance.

Find out more information on the Corporate Finance Faculty here.