Posted: 01 Aug. 2021 3 min. read

A year in review - M&A lead advisory

Martyn Gregory, who heads up our South & Wales M&A lead advisory team in Corporate Finance, and Geraint McGrath, the lead director for the team in Wales, reflect on 2020.

2020 marked 175 years of Deloitte people making an impact that matters. This year was no different for the M&A lead advisory team in the South & Wales and, despite the challenges brought by COVID-19, we are proud to have advised over 25 clients across a range of engagements, from traditional M&A transactions to accelerated disposals, as well as business planning and other strategic advisory mandates.

The team delivered nine deal completions this year and we expect 2021 to be busy as the focus shifts towards COVID-19 recovery and the post-Brexit economy. Highlights from the year are below, contributing to the fact that Deloitte was once again the most active M&A advisor according to Mergermarket.

Engagements by sector

Our South & Wales team consists of a fantastic group of people with a wide breadth of experience who cover a variety of sectors. This graphic shows the breakdown of our engagements by sector across the year.

MandA South and Wales 2020 - Sectors

The deals

Here are some highlights of a selection of deals the team advised on last year.

Frontier Medical Group

Our local and healthcare sector-focused team advised Frontier and Kester Capital on the sale of the Infection Prevention business to Vernacare, backed by H.I.G. Capital.


We provided both sector and situational expertise to deliver the disposals of certain business and assets of Adelie Foods Group to various purchasers.

Spartan Motor Factors

We acted as lead advisor on the disposal of Spartan Motor Factors to MWR Sales Ltd.


Our Business Service sector experts acted as lead advisor to Cordant on the sale of the business and assets to Twenty20 Capital. The deal safeguarded a significant number of jobs and continuity of services to clients across the UK, Europe and Australia.


Our food and beverage sector experts within our local practice formed part of the broader Deloitte team who supported the Ferrero Group on its £246 million acquisition of Fox's Biscuits. In addition, we were also part of the Deloitte team who subsequently supported the Ferrero Group on its recently announced acquisition of Eat Natural.

Oak Furnitureland

We acted as sell-side sector advisor as part of the broader Deloitte team to deliver on the disposal of Oak Furnitureland to Davidson Kempner, helping to secure a significant number of jobs


We provided accelerated M&A advisory services for the restructuring of a Welsh industrial products manufacturer within the building products sector.


Find out more

We and the rest of the team are looking forward to supporting clients on another set of incredible deals in 2021. We provide financial advice and insight at every stage of a transaction – from consideration of the strategic options to transaction execution, be it an IPO, acquisition or divestment, restructuring or fast track disposal.

Please get in contact with either of us if you'd like to find out more about how we can help you and your business. 

    Key contacts

    Martyn Gregory

    Martyn Gregory

    Senior Partner

    Martyn is a senior partner at Deloitte specialising in corporate finance. He has extensive experience of advising large listed businesses and privately owned companies across numerous industries and has advised on over 150 projects and transactions during his career.

    Geraint McGrath

    Geraint McGrath


    Geraint is a director in our South & Wales M&A team. He leads the six members of the team based in Wales. Geraint advises corporates, shareholders and management teams on transactions including acquisitions, company sales, MBOs and capital raisings. Throughout his career, Geraint has worked on some of the most high-profile deals in the region, covering a range of sectors including building products, construction, manufacturing, business services, healthcare and life sciences. Geraint won the Young Dealmaker of the Year award at the 2015 Insider Deal Awards. Prior to joining Deloitte, Geraint spent two years working in industry. He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.