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Recognised Leaders in SME Investment - 2020 Ramphastos Investments The Netherlands


Recognised Leaders in SME Investment - 2020 Ramphastos Investments

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Ramphastos Investments fosters guts and innovation

The private equity industry ushered in 2020 in a generally somber mood after wrapping up a year in which it had to navigate a landscape marked by economic volatility, political upsets, and a rise in protectionist sentiments. Nevertheless, the annual survey conducted by S&P Global Market Intelligence among private equity professionals late in 2019 still showed a prevalence of optimism for the year ahead: 44% of respondents said they expected investment activity to improve versus 20% anticipating a deterioration. Two months within 2020, the world was changing in unprecedented ways as it confronted the gravest public health crisis in living memory. The global Covid-19 pandemic rapidly disrupted severely social and economic systems, presenting national and corporate leaders with challenges of epic proportions. In the world of business, PE players have been under even greater strain given the diversity of their investments in terms of industry sectors and geography.

to business building, the company typically seeks to acquire majority stakes and proceeds to collaborate with company leaders to pave the way for enduring success. After buying into a business, Ramphastos Investments aims to implement a robust value-creation strategy while also providing all the advice, tools, and assistance required to execute on it. Its primary focus as an investor is on driving revenue growth through buy-and-build strategies, marketplace innovation, internationalization, management empowerment, and strategic partnerships.

Top-line growth Especially in challenging circumstances like the world economy is facing today, a company’s experience, leadership and determination can make the difference. Ramphastos Investments is an example of such a venture capital and private equity firm. This Netherlands-based company, established in 1994 by passionate entrepreneur Marcel Boekhoorn, is already for over a quarter of a century dedicated to driving top-line growth at enterprises in all stages of their evolution. With an independent and nonconformist mindset and favoring a hands-on approach

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Marcel Boekhoorn According to a brief published by Bain & Co, “The number of global buyout transactions fell 60% from January to April [2020] and is now trending at around

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Photo credit: The man on the picture is Marcel Boekhoorn, the photo is taken by: Hans Peter Veldhoven.

According to Dutch private equity firm Ramphastos Investments, the pandemic and the current challenging economic circumstances could open up some great investment opportunities.


Recognised Leaders in SME Investment - 2020 Ramphastos Investments

a third of the five-year monthly average.” The reason for this is that general partners (GPs) have prioritized portfolio stabilization, and owners have shelved sales plans due to the volatility. Exit activity also declined sharply during this period, dropping by 72% as PE funds opted to sit on their assets rather than compromise on price. On the fund-raising front, the data reveal a pleasing picture, with a total of $287 billion attracted. However, most of that money flowed into PE funds before the pandemic hit hard, with new commitments likely to decline in the months ahead. On a positive note, even before the health crisis, PE companies were taking steps to make capital deployments more effective, as stated in the S&P Global report. These include implementing inorganic growth strategies, accelerating investments in defensive sectors such as healthcare and information technology, and embracing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies as a means of adding value. These earlier steps along with new practices adopted during the pandemic should allow the PE industry to rebound faster. As noted in a report by PitchBook, “times of crisis tend to be the best times to invest in private (or public) equities, and LPs should take advantage of this pricing environment if possible.”

Complex challenges Back to Ramphastos Investments. This company traditionally pursues high-risk, high-return opportunities that others avoid. Over the years, the company has successfully started and sold start-ups, launched IPOs, completed de-listings and achieved outsized average returns on investment. Some highprofile exits include Bakker Bart, a Dutch bakery chain sold to Kamps AG; Cocachoc, sold to Suchard/Kraft Foods; Novaxess, a telecom provider sold to the BSkyB Group and Telfort, a mobile network operator sold to Royal KPN. Today, Ramphastos Investments holds interests in more than 30 companies with a cumulative turnover exceeding €5 billion. Its current portfolio comprises a wide variety of companies across a broad range of sectors, including financial and business services, health care, new materials and advanced manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, real estate and energy. Ramphastos Investments is increasingly focused on turning around larger enterprises that face complex challenges. Unlike typical private equity firms that are happy with 25 or 30% IRRs, Ramphastos Investments aims to achieve significantly higher returns. Being a firm of creative thinkers and hands-on business builders, Ramphastos Investments has realized average multiples of money invested above ten.

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A substantial proportion of private equity firms adopt a strategy of cutting down business costs in portfolio companies to generate greater profits. By acting as an entrepreneurial business builder that aims to grow revenue and add value to its portfolio companies, Ramphastos Investments is set apart from much of the private equity world. A successful turnaround strategy includes robust cost control and streamlined operations. However, the fundamental focus at Ramphastos is to catalyze growth in marketshare, turnover and profit, achieved through entrepreneurial innovation and managerial support, as opposed to predominantly driving profits through slashing costs. A distinctive characteristic of Ramphastos’ acquisition strategy is, furthermore, to never buy into an enterprise without having a prospective future buyer in mind. If Ramphastos cannot foresee an exit strategy, it does not invest. Through investing its own capital, Ramphastos does not face a pressure or obligation to sell. This enables the firm to focus on the execution of a predefined strategic value creation plan and only exit when the time is right.

Challenging opportunities Ramphastos Investments has increasing international ambitions. The firm believes in a broad investment strategy which encompasses investments in SMEs and emerging markets, in addition to acquiring large, mature international companies in Europe, the United States and Latin America. Ramphastos adds value to companies by tackling tough, complex problems and working side-by-side with the management to shape and execute value creation strategies. Regardless of a company’s size, Ramphastos Investments always offers hands-on assistance as an experienced partner whom companies can rely on to be at their side with tactical advice, talent, tools and innovations to deliver on strategies and produce exceptional results. Over the past 25 years, Ramphastos has increasingly taken on large, unique and complex investments in international companies. The key to success has, however, remained consistent: focus on opportunities for growth and motivate people to focus on what they can achieve together, no matter how complicated a situation might be. Ramphastos Investments has the financial independence and flexibility to take on complex transactions and special situations and is always open to and welcome challenging opportunities.

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Ramphastos Investments

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Corné Melissen, partner: corne@ramphastos.com

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www.ramphastosinvestments.com

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Welcome to M&A Today Global Awards – 2020

By broadening the focus beyond advertising alone, the purpose of the Annual Awards is to lift the perception of creativity above clever headlines and provide the readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation. The intellectual and emotional achievement of communication transcends the barriers of distance, language and culture. The Annual Awards programs extend over regional, national and international boundaries and reach out to the readers in an empirical, impartial and comprehensive way. It is a strict requirement for all M&A Today Awards programs to receive no less than 18% in votes from the global readership, currently in excess of 151,000. This policy is applied to further endorse the worthiness of the awards presented and any marketing carried out as a result of the awards process. As with each of the ten editions of M&A Today produced during the year, the M&A Today Global Awards 2020 provides the reader with in-depth analysis and coverage of the ever changing legal and financial landscape across the globe, whilst documenting those firms that are truly leaders within their specific areas of specialisation. In summary, in the current challenging times, the M&A Today Annual Awards programs provide a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams and distinguished organisations based on the simple principles of veracity, accuracy and insight. The M&A Today Global Awards 2020 edition has been divided into six sections. Furthermore, you will find a full and comprehensive winners index towards the front of the supplement. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of the 2020 Global Awards winners.

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AT Home Boutique B&B Hostel and Suite Legacy IP Chambers

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Most Accommodating Hotel 2020 - Accra, Ghana Intellectual Property Law Lawyer of the Year - 2020 - Richard Henry Pasipanodya, Legacy IP Chambers - Zimbabwe

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Most Accommodating Hotel 2020 - Accra

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AT Home Boutique B&B Hostel and Suite @ Home Boutique B & B Hostel is privately own facility with 12 rooms. That’s single rooms, double rooms, standard twin and double deluxe rooms to accommodate all of your traveling needs.

the Kwahu Mountain and makes you feel like you are relaxing in the mountains. We ensure our guests have a memorable experience by providing services through the following core values:

Established in 2015, we have flourished and grown from six rooms to twelve rooms and have won the Most Accommodating Facility award for MEA 2018, 2019 and 2020 consecutively. We’ve also won the Booking. com guest review award for 2017 and 2018. Ghana Nation Tourism Award “Hostel of the Year” 2019.

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@ Home places you within walking distance to the bustling Oxford Street in Osu, Accra. It is three miles (5km) to Accra central, The Palms Mall at Spintex Road and Accra Mall and the airport. Discover the convenience of our hotel in Osu Ako Adjei Park near to the Vanity Club. Our hostel offers complimentary airport shuttle. Begin your day with a cooked-to-order breakfast, stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi access to catch up on emails, or take a sunbathe in our elegant garden. Notably, our rooms have names that represent various tribes in Ghana. Most of our rooms have wall murals depicting an iconic tourist attraction in each tribe. For example, the Kwahu room features

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We are passionate about delivering personal experience We do the right thing all the time We encourage and promote the Ghanaian culture and traditions We have a strong team spirit We take full responsibility for our actions and decisions We are responsive and disciplined

We are focused on leading the hostel in a way that ensures that our guests enjoy a vibrant and resilient experience for generations to come. We look forward to expanding to a further 50 rooms and have locations in other African Countries.

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@Home Boutique B & B Hostel and Suite 204/4B Klanaa Street Osu, Ako - Adjei Osu, Accra, Ghana +233 57 212 7350 namoako@the-congress-hotel.com

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Intellectual Property Law Lawyer of the Year - 2020 Richard Henry Pasipanodya, Legacy IP Chambers

Zimbabwe

Legacy IP Chambers Mr Richard Henry Pasipanodya - Founding Managing Director of Legacy IP Chambers and globally experienced ARIPO and Zimbabwe expert IP Consultant Attorney; Registered Legal Practitioner; Notary Public; Conveyancer, and Estate Administrator. Credited with over 26 years of intimately insightful and visionary scholarly and work exposure in various fields and aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) protection and commercialization matters at very senior levels of mandates and assignments at national, regional and international contextual perspectives. These include appointments entailing: • IP policy / legislative research, formulation, reviewing, update, reform and development. • IP policy / legislative analysis, interpretation, advice, advocacy, negotiation and lobbying. • IP policy / legislative administration, management, implementation and execution. • IP policy / legislative education, training, authorship, editorial, proof- reading and commentary. • IP office institutional systems development, administration, management and transformation.

• IPRs registration, maintenance, administration and management. • IPRs/ technology transfer contractual negotiation, drafting, interpretation,management. • Investment projects + partnership searches, legal compliance, due diligence, coordination. • Company formation, Startup support, proposal writing, advice and mentorship. His potency, prowess, exploits and accomplishments thereat rank him as one of the rarely found all-rounder expert IP practitioners in the sub-Saharan African region. Armed with this array of requisite IP skills, competencies and expertise it is thus his long-cherished vision, passion and conviction that Africa has an equally proactive role to play in global IP matters and be a force to reckon with in not so distant a future, hence the guaranteed exploitation, utilization, innovation and development of its abundantly rich natural resources for the maximum benefit of all its citizenry ad infinitum.

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Richard Henry Pasipanodya Legacy IP Chambers N0. 1 Wegot Court, Third Street/ H. Chitepo Ave Harare henripasi@gmail.com +263 775 053 007 Trademark, Patent, Copyright, Design

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Deep & Far Law Office of Ramni Taneja

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Mergers and Acquisitions Firm of the Year 2020 – Taiwan Best Law Civil Litigator & Excellence in Corporate Law Disputes of the Year - India

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Mergers and Acquisitions Firm of the Year 2020 – Taiwan

Purposes of Merger and Acquisition: Industrial Transformation and Upgrading Growth of an enterprise is not limited to expansion of production capacity or sales. Transformation and upgrading of an enterprise, such as horizontal merger through strategic alliance or vertical merger, or cutting businesses suffering losses in the enterprise and acquiring departments of other enterprises, is the necessary path for enterprise growth and industrial upgrading or transformation. The commercial purposes which an enterprise expects to achieve through merger and acquisition are referred to as purposes of merger and acquisition. Purposes of merger and acquisition may include the following: in terms of horizontal merger, enterprises should remove their weaknesses in the industry they belong to, increase market share, reduce costs and improve efficiency, so as to form economies of scale and enhance competitiveness; enterprises can consolidate supply sources and develop markets through vertical merger; in split-up, enterprises can solve the conflict and contradiction between the OEM and brand companies or achieve the professional division of labor. In a nutshell, merger and acquisition is a process of “you throwing and me picking, and each taking what it needs”. Through this process of merger and acquisition, different types and levels of channel,

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market expansion, brand acquisition, key technology or key customers can be obtained. In the past, the motivation of business operators to actively participate in merger and acquisition was not high. However, as time goes by, the concepts of economies of scale, specialization and corporate synergy have emerged, and the mentality of business operators has changed. With the global competition heating up and Mainland China’s rising strongly, it is a trend to expand the business territory by merger and acquisition. Moreover, unsolicited (hostile) takeover has become more popular in recent years. Even if an enterprise wants to stick to its own business territory, it also needs to face the threat of unsolicited (hostile) takeover by domestic and foreign companies. Therefore, enterprises cannot escape passively, but must face actively the oncoming of merger and acquisition. Common defenses against unsolicited (hostile) takeover, such as bringing in a white knight or merging with another enterprise, are also merger and acquisition in their nature, but they are more about defense than growth. In addition, under intense competition, it is common for enterprises to face financial difficulties due to product, technology, market or sales obstacles. In order to survive, the management team has responsibility to seek the

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Mergers and Acquisitions Firm of the Year 2020 – Taiwan

best interests for all shareholders, while seeking to merge into or be acquired by another enterprise is a common measure and decision. In this case, the strategic needs are different, and the purpose of the merger and acquisition is to extend the life of the enterprise rather than to pursue its growth. Overview of Merger and Acquisition Merger and acquisition is only a means, and a process of achieving specific business purposes of an enterprise, rather than the result. When proceeding with merger and acquisition, the enterprise should first understand its own needs and set a clear purpose for the merger and acquisition strategy. In addition, in the process of merger and acquisition, it is necessary to constantly review the originally set purpose of the merger and acquisition, so as to avoid getting lost in the lengthy process of due diligence, evaluation and negotiation and deviating from the purpose of the merger and acquisition. Enterprises that are good at growing by merger and acquisition can consolidate the foundation by self-growth on one hand, and expand by merger and acquisition on the other hand. At the same time, they can suppress the development of competitors, make good use of the two feet for enterprise growth, and achieve twice the result with half the effort. Of course, not every merger and acquisition case can be called a successful one, but enterprises that are good at growing by merger and acquisition usually face up to the challenges of competition positively and have a better chance of surviving in the global competition than enterprises

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that stay conservative or avoid merger and acquisition passively. Finally, merger and acquisition is a process, the end of merger and acquisition period was followed by the integration period. The key for the success of the merger and acquisition is to successfully and painlessly combine an enterprise which was not cultivated by self-growth and has different enterprise culture completely during the golden run-in period after the merger and acquisition and then incorporate it into the existing enterprise. The integration after merger and acquisition actually begins before the merger and acquisition, and the success or failure of the final integration is almost determined when setting the goal of the merger and acquisition and choosing the object of the merger and acquisition. Therefore, the importance of planning, decision-making and management at the early stage of merger and acquisition should not be neglected. The greatest value that professional consultants of merger and acquisition can bring to merger and acquisition case mostly lies at the early stage of merge and acquisition.

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Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law 13 Fl., 27 Sec. 3, Chung San N. Rd., Taipei 104, Taiwan, ROC 886-2-25856688 #8187 886-2-25989900 lawtsai@deepnfar.com.tw www.deepnfar.com.tw

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Best Law Civil Litigator & Excellence in Corporate Law Disputes of the Year

India

Law Office of Ramni Taneja PROFILE Ramni Taneja is an Indian Advocate, who is educated in Mumbai, India, and London, England. She enrolled as an Advocate on 17th October 1980, on the Roll of the Bar Council of Maharashtra, [Mumbai], India; subsequently transferred to the Bar Council of Delhi, India, on 20th October 1997. She was admitted on 3rd March 1997 as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, [now known as the Senior Courts of England and Wales]. She is also a Notary appointed in 1999 by the Government of India, New Delhi, India. She has been in legal practice both in India and overseas since 1980, i.e. almost 39 years. Since 1997, Ramni Taneja practises in New Delhi, India, as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, apart from various other tribunals and courts in Delhi and in India. From 1980 till 1982 she practised as an Advocate with Little & Co., Advocates and Solicitors, Mumbai, India; she headed the office of Little & Co., Advocates, in New Delhi, India, from 2002 till 2006. From 1983 till 1997, Ramni Taneja was licensed and practised as a Legal Consultant with A.R. Hilal & Associates, Advocates and Legal Consultants, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her law firm, Law Office of Ramni Taneja, began in New Delhi, India in August 2006. Ramni Taneja completed her school education through Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom, as a consequence of which she obtained the University of London, General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels, between 19721974. She obtained her BA Honours [First Class Honours] Degree in English Literature [Major] French Literature [Subsidiary] in 1977 from

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Elphinstone College, University of Bombay, India. She obtained her LLB Degree [First Class] in 1980 from Government Law College, University of Bombay, India. She was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Françaises Modernes in 1975 by l’Alliance Française, Paris, France, [Mention Tres Honorable: i.e. Distinction] and was ranked first in the examination in 1975 in India and Asia. Ramni Taneja has written extensively in international and Indian legal journals on various legal issues. She is the author of Foreign Direct Investment and Globalisation, published by Eastern Book Company, 2014. Ramni Taneja’s areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional legal work are: all areas of civil, law commercial law, corporate law, constitutional law and criminal law. Other areas of legal practice covering litigation and transactional law inter alia are: Arbitration [international and domestic], air law, banking law, consumer protection law, criminal law, due diligence, direct and indirect taxation and international taxation, extradition law, family law, foreign direct investment, including foreign exchange law, insurance law, initial public offerings, intellectual property law, infrastructure law, labour and employment law, media and entertainment law, mergers and acquisitions, migration and nationality law, maritime law, succession law, private international law, public international law and property law. Contact: Company: Address:

RAMNI TANEJA LAW OFFICE OF RAMNI TANEJA Advocate and Notary A-34 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India Enrolment No: D-336A/1980 Tel: +91 11 4155 2051; 4155 2052 Fax: +91 11 4155 2053 Email ramni@ramnitaneja.com

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Acxit Capital Partners

Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year & Best Healthcare Financial Advisor - Germany AG ADVOCATES (Anna Grigorieva & Co LLC) Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Cyprus Alpine Travel Best for Family Active Holidays 2020 - Greece ARTEMIS Advisory Services GmbH Corporate Finance Firm of the Year - Germany Biolingus Best European Biotechnology Company 2020 - Switzerland Ceuta Group Edwin Bessant - The Ceuta Group of Companies - CEO of the Year - United Kingdom Commfire Ltd Best Fire Protection & Maintenance Company - 2020 - Commfire Ltd - South East England Davenport Safety Services Limited Best Scaffold Inspection Company - 2020 - Davenport Safety Services Ltd. – South East, UK ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D. Best senior Lawyer of the Year - Czech Republic Best Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Corporate Law Firm of the Year & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year Czech Republic IT Lawyer of the Year - Czech Republic First Aid Associates Best First Aid Training Provider 2020 - Cumbria, UK Graphology Solutions Group Best Graphology & Coaching Consultancy 2020 - Europe Grupo Platinum Estates - Inmobiliaria Agency 2020 & Award for Excellence in Property Finance Solutions 2020 San Juan de Los Terreros South East Spain

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Hestia Group Hunter Global Business Solutions Limited

Best IT Managed Services Provider - 2020 - Hestia Group - Belgium HR Compliance MD of the Year - 2020 - Joanne Ferguson, Hunter Global Business Solutions Ltd - UK KIN+CARTA Strategic Advisory Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Komsol Group Best Professional Waterproofing Specialists - 2020 - Komsol Group - Europe Leni’s Model Management Best Modelling School 2020 & Healthy Body Image Advocacy of the Year 2020 - UK Leumi ABL Asset Based Lender of the Year - United Kingdom MATESO Best Encryption Software Solution - 2020 - MATESO GmbH: Password Safe - Europe Mooch Creative Limited Best Digital Marketing Agency - 2020 - Mooch - West Midlands, UK Open Study College Most Influential Woman in eLearning 2020 - United Kingdom Best Online Learning Tool of the Year - UK Papavasiliou & Associates Law Firm Gaming Law Firm of the Year - Greece Pharus Management SA Best Asset Management Firm of the Year - Switzerland Preformed Markings Ltd Best Road Markings Materials Supplier - 2020 - Preformed Markings Ltd UK & Ireland Prosperis Best Independent Financial Advisory Firm 2020 - UK PwC UK Global Sustainability Private Equity Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom Ramphastos Investments Management B.V Recognised Leaders in SME Investment - 2020 - Ramphastos Investments The Netherlands Samantha K’s Bridal & Occasionwear Best Bridal Boutique - Wales Strand Hanson Limited Best Full-Service M&A Adviser 2020 - UK

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Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year & Best Healthcare Financial Advisor - Europe

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Entrepreneurial Investment Banking ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading independent corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and abroad. The company is led and owned by senior investment bankers with comprehensive sector expertise and network. As an independent firm, ACXIT Capital Partners has a staff of approx. 60 professionals and maintains offices and representations in Frankfurt, Berlin,

Munich, Zurich, Hong Kong and New York, as well as strong alliances in the UK, France and India. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices. Since 1998, we offer our clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt and strategic

advisory. To date, we have completed more than 400 transactions with a total deal/financing volume of approx. EUR 20bn. While our home market is in the German speaking region, most clients are international and transactions cross-border. Our expertise is founded on an in-depth understanding of the key industries served by us, covering both the industrial and technology sectors.

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Corporate Law Firm of the Year

Cyprus

AG ADVOCATES

(Anna Grigorieva & Co LLC) Corporate & Commercial AG ADVOCATES is the distinctive name of Anna Grigorieva & Co. LLC, a reputable law firm, which was founded in 2012 by Mrs. Anna Grigorieva, a qualified lawyer in Cyprus with a strong legal background in areas such as corporate and commercial, banking and private clients, financial services, immigration, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolutions, M&A, real estate and construction, trust and estates and tax and international tax planning. Cyprus with its strategic position and outstanding business infrastructure in combination with the provision to potential investors of a friendly tax regime and a wide-ranging network of double-taxation treaties with more than 60 countries worldwide, generate and promote an ideal environment for nonEU companies seeking to enter the EU market, and for EU and third-country companies seeking to broaden their horizons, especially concerning Central and Eastern Europe. The corporate and commercial department of our firm is considered as one of the leading corporate and commercial departments in Cyprus, which operates by a qualified team of experienced lawyers, insolvency practitioners, administrators and accountants, who count years of professional experience in this particular sector. In addition, the team understands both local and international business environment correctly. Our corporate and commercial department cooperates and provides on a daily basis legal advice and support to financial institutions, multinational corporations and international law firms around the world on any related issue concerning corporate and commercial practice such as the attentiveness of corporate governance, the negotiation and drafting of any kind of commercial agreements always according to our clients’ needs and requirements, by representing our clients before the courts whenever a court

application is required to approve a corporate action of their businesses, or in any dispute involving corporate structures or competences. Our firm provides our clients with services including, but not limited to, the formation, acquisition and dissolution of companies in Cyprus and abroad, assistance with day-to-day commercial matters and support with any corporate issues, such as mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures, demergers and disposals, corporate reorganisations and restructurings, insolvency, inward and outward re-domiciliation, corporate governance, purchases and sales of shares or securities, regulatory compliance and the formation and practice of Cyprus International Trusts and Foundations. Through our affiliate company, a licensed corporate service provider in Cyprus, we offer a full range of corporate services and advice, including, the annual operation and maintenance of the company, fiduciary services and anciliary services. Our firm differs from local market competitors by providing our clients with a wide range of legal services and support. Our firm’s clientele consists from high net worth individuals to world’s largest corporations and financial institutions. Our secret of success for maintaining such a clientele is due to the provision of exceptional services through comprehensive legal solutions according to our clients’ business needs and objectives, always focusing on the best possible outcome. For all the reasons mentioned above, our firm prides itself on delivering such responsive client care and at the same time for acting at the highest level of professionalism.

Company: Anna Grigorieva & Co LLC (AG ADVOCATES) Address: 7, Omirou Street, 2nd floor, Agios Nicolaos

3095 Limassol, Cyprus

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Best for Family Active Holidays 2020

Alpine Travel is a pioneer Eco-research, tourist and mountaineering company in Greece. Market leader in adventure tourism in Greece, founded in 1991, it offers high quality services to a large number of visitors from all around the world. Should you decide to be in this part of the Mediterranean, it will be our pleasure to accompany you to a singular and pleasurable discovery of the Greek countryside, mountain summits and coastal line.

Experience Greece like never before. Charter “Explorer II” our motor yacht for your next summer holidays and explore the endless Greek Seas. Dive in the Cretan and Libyan exotic waters, follow Odysseus routes in the Ionian and step from peace to luxury in the Aegean. Board our crewed motor yacht and feel the fresh breeze of Greek summer in full endless coastlines and deep waters of Greece.

Our team of trianed and inspired individuals are there to help you practice or discover outdoor activities in places of extraordinary beauty with the outmost safety.

Thank you for arranging and executing such a wonderful and memorable family vacation. We are so appreciative of you and your staffs expertise, kindness and passion for excellence. It is so clear that you have created a culture of professionalism and client focus with you leading by example.

Our drivers-tour leaders are there to assist you and discover off road routes ub places of exraordinary beauty. We provide special equipped 4x4 vehicles and all the necessary equipment as well driver-tour leader if requested.

Please express our gratitude to Anna, Manolis, the boat captain, bike tour guide and the remainder of your staff that consistently went above and beyond to make our trip so special.

Aerial Sightseeing Tours and Private Transfers Located at various areas of Greece, we offer aerial sightseeing tours, private sightseeing flights and excursions offering the chance to see Greece’s attractions from above. We offer private transfer services, unique advantages as we combine saftey, comfort and versatility.

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Corporate Finance Firm of the Year

ABOUT TORSTEN ADAM Torsten Adam, Managing Partner at ARTEMIS Group, has more than 25 years of work experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, corporate finance and advisory services. His core competencies are in M&A transaction management, crossborder projects, structured and project finance as well as advisory services. He has been involved in numerous projects in the sectors automation & digitalization, renewable energies & cleantech, agriculture & food and FinTech/financial services. Mr. Adam has overseen various cross-border M&A transactions with involvement from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe.

FIRM PROFILE ARTEMIS Group is an international and cross-sector corporate finance and M&A consulting boutique for start-ups and medium-sized companies, active in the market since 2001. The core services cover the sectors of Mergers & Acquisitions, corporate finance and advisory services. Due to own offices in Munich and Moscow (plus partner offices in Vienna, Shanghai and Singapore) and a wide strategic partner network, ARTEMIS Group has a footprint in all relevant markets. As a strong partner, ARTEMIS Group guides its clients from first venture capital financing rounds to subsequently following expansions financings to classical corporate finance. Beyond that, ARTEMIS Group advices companies in buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, with a special focus on cross-

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border projects. ARTEMIS Group leads its clients through these complex processes. The long-term customer relations are built on trust, dependable statements and long-standing collaborative partnerships. The consistently excellent results are made possible especially by the experienced, highly qualified professionals well-versed in their fields and through the superlative, global networks maintained in all relevant markets. Thereby ARTEMIS Group achieves the best possible results for their clients. With the integrated M&A transaction management 4.0, ARTEMIS Group bundles all necessary technical components for a successful transaction, in which ARTEMIS Group is at the center of interaction between the company, external consultants and investors. As part of M&A 4.0, ARTEMIS Group brings its experience in Mergers & Acquisitions projects in terms of integrated control tools, project management tools and more. The ARTEMIS M&A 4.0 oriented platforms and tools increase process and cost efficiency, transaction security and the speed of the transaction. In addition to classic buy-side and sell-side projects, ARTEMIS Group supports companies and investors in transaction management - whether through targeted support with individual resources or with a complete team.

Industry Focus To generate the maximum value in every deal ARTEMIS Group established best practice groups in specific industries, coordinated by a global lead partner. Currently ARTEMIS Group focuses on the following areas: Agriculture & Food, Clean Tech, Renewable Energy, Healthcare, Industrial Engineering & Manufacturing, Financial Services and Real Estate.

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Best European Biotechnology Company 2020

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Best European Biotechnology Company 2020

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Biolingus BioLingus, a privately owned Swiss biotech company, is spearheading the development of non- invasive delivery of biological drugs, making oral versions of drugs that are typically taken by injection. This revolutionary technology is a breakthrough innovation in for instance treatments of diabetes and inflammatory diseases, but also a social innovation for third world countries, enabling the development of novel low-cost oral vaccines or diabetes products. Yves Decadt, CEO of BioLingus in Switzerland, offers us perspective on the historical context in which his company is operating.

BioLingus focuses on the development of products for treatment of metabolic diseases and various immunotherapies. The firm’s current work explores the development of oral (sublingual) delivery of peptides and proteins for chronic diseases and immuno-therapy via its innovative technology. Yves discusses how the firm is taking a natural approach to drug developments, drawing on nature’s unique processes to find previously undiscovered solutions that could help millions of patients around the world.

“Focusing on natural solutions to modern problems, at BioLingus we have worked hard to use nature as a tool to create something truly unique and visionary. The seeds of plants contain a high concentration of proteins, which have to survive and remain intact for years, sometimes in extreme conditions of temperature, moisture or drought etc. The most extreme example is the sacred lotus plant, in which seeds are preserved intact over 1000 years, meaning the proteins inside are remaining stabile and bioactive for such extremely long period. “The BioLingus Technology is mimicking some of these mechanisms, and BioLingus has through advanced “bio- engineering” been able to come up with a way to preserve and stabilize proteins for a very long time at room temperature. Over the past year, BioLingus has also developed a ‘liquid’ formulation, which is very effective for individual dose adjustments.” This unusual formulation is designed for ease of administration, and has the potential to treat a myriad of different health conditions, as Yves is keen to highlight.

“One key benefit of sublingual delivery is ease of administration. The sublingual area is not a very common, but a very good place to deliver drugs. It has a thin layer of epithelial cells and a strong blood flow, so very good if you want the drugs taken up quickly into the body. It is also a very good place to deliver immuno-active drugs, because of the presence of mucosal immune receptor cells. “This ease of administration will allow for expansion into more ‘mild’ uses. For instance, our oral diabetes treatments will be preferentially used in related indications such as pre-diabetes, obesity and ‘fatty liver’ disease. While there are more than 400 million diabetes patients in the world, there are more than 1.5 billion obesity patients in the world, which offers us many potential users.”

Additionally, the solution will enable a cost reduction for payors (governments) and patients, which will help make drugs more accessible to low-income patients, as Yves explains.

“In general, biological drugs are very expensive, and as such the health economic impact of our technology is that, for some of those drugs, we may enable more low-cost solutions to administer them. For other drugs, especially in the immunology space, we might increase the efficacy and safety, in addition to improving the convenience. “In particular for third-world countries, organizations like the WHO are calling this ‘broadening access’: our technology can give more people access to medicines they may otherwise not have access to.” Ultimately, BioLingus has a unique and proprietary technology in the strong and growing market of the biologicals. Looking ahead, the firm will leverage this solution to expand its service offering and grow in this burgeoning market, as Yves is proud to conclude. “With regards to the future, our breakthrough technology platform allows for different types of innovation to happen in parallel, from ‘incremental innovation’, through to ‘social innovation’ and even ‘disruptive innovation’. “In terms of incremental innovation, we are developing oral versions of the diabetes drugs exenatide and liraglutide. Alongside this, with regards to disruptive innovation, we have a project on the treatment of early onset of diabetes type 1 and lupus, with very low dose oral IL-2. “To enhance these developments, we are open to work with other innovative partners to develop additional treatments that can benefit from our technology. Combining all these different kinds of innovation, we are aiming to create a truly unique business model focused around innovation that will help drive our industry forward and support patients around the world to live a better, more fulfilled life.”

Company: BioLingus Contact: Yves Decadt Address: Grossmatt 6, CH-6052 Hergiswil NW, Switzerland Website: biolingus.ch

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Edwin Bessant – Ceuta Group CEO - CEO of the Year

UK

Edwin has cultivated the Ceuta Group from seed to the leading global business it is today, managing consumer brands [Household brand names] or companies [Global or mid size / start up] in a market; providing services that include Brand Strategy and Creative Design, Digital Marketing & SEO, Category & Shopper Insight, Field & Experiential Marketing, Data Analytics, Logistics and go-to-market Sales & Marketing. This year they celebrated their 25th Anniversary.

Demonstrating meteoric success Ceuta Group and Edwin’s successful leadership of the business have been consistently recognised through the awards system.

Edwin remains committed to his core beliefs in supporting, initiating, inspiring, motivating and developing his employees, role modelling humility and strong values. What started with an idea in 1994 with founding partner Annette D’Abreo, has blossomed into a leading global business with a collective turnover of £300m+.

Empowering the wider world Edwin leads by example and continually raises the bar for his industry. Through his fellowships with the Institute of Directors, the Princes Enterprise Trust and as a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, he uses his success to empower his community, industry and society as a whole.

Outstanding Innovator and Pioneer Edwin is recognised as an outstanding innovator in his industry; having delivered and pioneered the first Global Outsourcing Consumer Brand Services Company with access to 107+ International Market; attaining Global Leadership Status in 2019.

International role-model employer Edwin employs 450+ people based in the UK, Ireland, USA, The Netherlands, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, and firmly believes his people are the most important asset to his business. A number of Ceuta employees and teams have also been recognised for their professionalism and success, winning a multitude of industry awards with Edwin’s support.

He also pioneered the first Global ‘Brand Fostering’ solutions for companies that: - Want to take their brands to new white space markets. - Do not want to launch bricks & mortar or headcount but need local market IP. - Have ‘unfocused’ brands and need to outsource. - Have lost critical mass in a market place. - Private Equity companies that invest in brands and need a route to market, IP and structure. This led to Edwin creating the first Integrated Outsourcing Platform for supporting and developing the complete ‘end to end’ journey of a brand. Ceuta has built out this industry unique model by acquiring businesses with expertise in added value services including: Data Analytics (Collidascope), Category & Shopper Insight (Bridgethorne), Brand Creative & Communications (1HQ & Creative Leap), Digital Marketing (Click Consult), Field Marketing (Orchid) and Sales & Marketing Outsourcing (Ceuta Healthcare, Ceuta International, Go2Grocery & Brandshapers). These services support the Brand Fostering model, offering an expedient and singular solution for brands to grow and reach their potential the world over.

Edwin reached the Top 100 Global CEOs (for delivering a business with unique market innovation and leadership) alongside leaders of Disney, Apple, Microsoft, Uber, LVMH and Facebook.

Supporting others Edwin has helped to shape many careers within Ceuta and through his work at the Princes Trust, sharing lessons learnt to motivate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs; passing on his tried and tested belief system, built upon the solid foundations of people, environment, diversity, and inclusion, sustainability and strong values. Vision Edwin is always keeping an eye on the market and looking three years ahead to ensure the ongoing success of Ceuta Group. Understanding the traits of futurism around technology and operational advancements as well as evolving consumer needs, behaviours and priorities is also crucial, as “these changes can indirectly and directly change your business positioning and direction.” He says. Edwin has a strong, realistic and visionary approach to the growth of Ceuta Group and has identified three key regions for further acquisitions with the ambition to replicate the same business model internationally.

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Best Fire Protection & Maintenance Company - 2020 Commfire Ltd - South East England

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Commfire Ltd Established in 2004 by Paul Seager

Paul Seager has been in the fire protection industry for almost 30years working at a couple of companies before starting Commfire Ltd. Commfire originally started as a system commissioning company primarily working of other fire protection companies. Over the years Commfire has grown steadily with our own customer base for system sales, commissioning and maintenance, they still offer their services to fire protection companies. Accreditation ISO 9001 BAFE SP203 BSi Kitmark Member of the following Fire Industry Association Guild of Master craftsman Awards 2019 - ‘Build 2019 Construction & Engineering Awards - Best fire protection and maintenance

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company south east of england 2020 - ‘Innovation and excellence awards 2020 Fire protection company of the year UK 2020 - ‘M&A Today - Global awards 2020 - Best fire protection and maintenance company south east of england (2years on a row) Projects St Edwards School Commfire Ltd are currently working on the final phase of the fire alarm upgrade of St Edwards School - Melchet Court near romsey. This will be their third year of this upgrade of the fire alarm system, due to only being able to carry out installation works during the school summer break. On this project they have been replacing a very ageing wireless fire alarm system and installation a fully addressable fire alarm system with touch screen display which will include site plans in the event of a fire alarm activation. Westcoast This was a very challenging warehouse project, we had to modify the existing fire alarm system to accommodate the additional equipment which

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Best Fire Protection & Maintenance Company - 2020 Commfire Ltd - South East England

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included 44 high level beam detectors, and with in the high level warehouse racking we hybrid the fire alarm system so that all the fire alarm equipment within the racking was a radio system which is providing full diagnostic. Costa Coffee Over the last couple of years Commfire Ltd have been involved in a variety of new Costa Coffee retail outlets across the south east which include high street stores, drive through and kiosk. Lyric Square Commfire Ltd inherited this project due to an existing fire alarm company being unable to complete phase one of the project. Before they started with the installation of the new fire alarm equipment required for the new office layouts on 13th floors, they had to get the existing wireless fire alarm system to function correctly and fault free, the challenges they had was the networks between control panels booster panels was carried out to a very poor standard and installed in the wrong locations, they had to carry out a full signal test to establish the correct location of all the control panels and booster panels. Once Commfire achieved a fault free fire alarm system, they were then able to carry out the installation and commissioning of addition equipment. This project also had a variety of cause and effect programming linked to smoke dampers, lifts and plant shutdown. On completion, this project had over 600 wireless devices across 3x networked systems. As a fire alarm company they are involved with a wide variety of projects which range from private dwellings, hotels, warehouses, offices, retail units, car showrooms schools and care homes.

Specialising in the following products Teledata fire alarm control panels Advance electronic C-Tec Kentec Apollo fire detectors Hochiki Fire Beam Company Electro detectors Euro-fi wireless fire alarm Cameos systems Systems provided fire alarm system (2wire, conventional fire alarms, addressable systems and wireless) disable refuge call systems disable toilet call systems extinguishers

Company: Address: Tel: Email:

Commfire Ltd 2 Home Farm, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Andover SP11 0AB, UK 0845 310 2424 enquiries@commfire.co.uk

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Best Scaffold Inspection Company - 2020 - Davenport Safety Services Ltd. – South East,

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Independent Scaffold inspections, East & West Sussex, Kent, London, Home Counties, Oxford, Bournemouth

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At Davenport Safety Services Limited we have a proven track record providing independent Scaffold inspections, Scaffolding Safety Advice, in house training, Method statement / Risk Assessment production and reviews, Policy and Procedure production and reviews, independent accident investigation, Anchor tie testing as recognised by the CFA, and all types of inspections and site audits.

he distinguished a clear need to offer higher quality scaffolding inspection services in the construction market to ensure the safety of those working in it. In October 2014, the National Examination Board of Occupational Safety (Nebosh) exemplified Mark in a case study as a trailblazer in occupational safety in their annual report, for which he also featured on the front cover.

Thanks to this comprehensive range of services, the firm has worked with some of the most renowned names in the construction space, including the National Trust, Walter Lilly, Kier and Grangewood Southern. All of these clients know that when they work with this dynamic and innovative company they will receive the highest possible standard of service.

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The firm draws on the vast industry expertise of its founder and namesake Mark Davenport. Before deciding to establish his own company, Mark spent more than 26 years in the scaffolding industry, during which time

Address: 41 West Way. Worthing, West Sussex. BN13 3AX Email: info@davenportsafety.co.uk Tel: 01903 268679 Mobile: 07854 415889 Web: www.davenportsafety.co.uk

Leaving aside the aftermath of a serious accident, the HSE are showing they are willing to prosecute site owners who do not secure the safety of all staff on site. With the emphasis on Work at Height it is more vital than ever that site owners protect themselves legally.

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IT Lawyer of the Year

Czech Republic

JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D.

Richard Gürlich is a partner at ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS He specializes mostly in IT law, commercial law, real estate law, and disputes under private law. His clients include primarily the largest infrastructure management companies in the Czech Republic, leading multinational software corporations, healthcare providers and healthcare software makers. Richard has been a member of the Czech Bar Association since 2000. He is also member of the AEA International Lawyers Network and the International Association of Contract and Commercial Managers (IACCM). He is active with the Society of Alumni of MBA programmes (“SAMBA”) where he was one of the speakers and facilitators at a panel called “Future Vision of Law”. He also lectures at the Business Institute and its “MBA Real Estate” module. He received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for the Czech Republic by Acquisition International in 2019. Richard Gürlich started his own practice in 2002, focusing mostly on commercial law, IT law and real estate law. Richard’s law firm merged with ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS in 2019.

MEMBERSHIP Czech Bar Association International Association of Contract and Commercial Managers (IACCM) AEA International Lawyers Network

Contact: JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D. Company: ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Address: Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2 Czech Republic +420 604 233 118 GSM: gurlich@akegv.cz Email: Internet: www.akegv.cz

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JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D. Best senior Lawyer of the Year

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JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D.

Richard Gürlich is a partner at ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS He specializes mostly in IT law, commercial law, real estate law, and disputes under private law. His clients include primarily the largest infrastructure management companies in the Czech Republic, leading multinational software corporations, healthcare providers and healthcare software makers. Richard has been a member of the Czech Bar Association since 2000. He is also member

of the AEA International Lawyers Network and the International Association of Contract and Commercial Managers (IACCM). He is active with the Society of Alumni of MBA programmes (“SAMBA”) where he was one of the speakers and facilitators at a panel called “Future Vision of Law”. He also lectures at the Business Institute and its “MBA Real Estate” module. He received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for the Czech Republic by Acquisition International in 2019. Richard Gürlich started his own practice in 2002, focusing mostly on commercial law, IT law and real estate law. Richard’s law firm merged with ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS in 2019. MEMBERSHIP Czech Bar Association International Association of Contract and Commercial Managers (IACCM) AEA International Lawyers Network

Contact: JUDr. Richard Gürlich, Ph.D. Company: ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Address: Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2 Czech Republic +420 604 233 118 GSM: gurlich@akegv.cz Email: Internet: www.akegv.cz

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Best Law Firm of the Year

GÜRLICH & Co law firm was established on 1st February 2002. All members of the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in various branches of law. The firm is part of AEA International Lawyer Network represented in all countries of the world. Thus, we are in a position to provide our legal services throughout this network worldwide. The trust of our clients and the quality of our services brought us a prestigious award for our services in 2019: M&A Today named us the winner of “IT & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Czech Republic”. We take adequate pride in this award, making 2019 a successful year that saw the merger of two leading law firms: GÜRLICH & Co and ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS. ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS has groomed a team of experienced lawyers to provide legal services since 2003. It has received a number of awards, too, over the years; e.g. it was ranked among highly recommended law firms in the “Law Firm of 2015” ranking by EPRAVO. CZ in the telecommunications and media category. It received this award also in 2018 in the categories of telecommunications and media, public procurement, and information technology law. The merged law firm ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS moved into new, grade-A office space at the Delta Haus in Vinohrady, Prague. We trust that by merging our two reputable law firms, we will be providing our clients with complex services in various areas on a high and professional level, hand in hand with a personal approach. Our law firm delivers complex legal advisory services to Czech, Slovak and international clients, and also small and medium enterprises, sole proprietors, housing associations and cooperatives. The primary focus of our advisory services is on real estate transactions: the sale, purchase, or lease of real estate, housing and commercial property, including any documentation related to real estate financing and/or collaterisation. As part of collateralization, we process mortgages, pledges on real estate and other assets, including aggregate immovable assets, pledges on intellectual property, on an enterprise or a part thereof, security arrangements, mortgaging any related bank accounts, shares, shareholdings, and assignments of rights as required by banks. Naturally, we also process the

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registrations and any other related steps, including advice on governing law. We also focus on advisory services to IT developers. We provide our services on a highly professional level, quickly, and completely independently. Two of our core values that help our clients manage their businesses are flexibility and a personal approach, which we uphold through the hard work of our young but qualified colleagues, who are absolutely ready to offer a tailormade solution. In providing legal services, our law firm chooses the most suitable solution to achieve the goal as defined by the client, delivering legal opinions and analysis. The highest level of professionalism which we strive to preserve includes the consideration of legislative changes in progress, and a detailed and ongoing analysis of court judgements, both Czech and European. While focused on professionalism, we never forget that it goes hand in hand with a personal approach to ensure that clients can always rely on our services and the provision of the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time period, maintaining a high level of transparency and detailed records of our performance. Areas of law we specialize in: • • • • • • • • • •

Civil Law Commercial Law Intellectual Property Corporate Law and Commercial Law, Public Procurement Labour Law Real Estate Litigation Cryptocurrencies IT Law Media and Advertising

Company: ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Address: Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2 Czech Republic GSM: +420 224 409 920 Email: gurlich@akegv.cz Internet: www.akegv.cz

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Corporate Law Firm of the Year & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

GÜRLICH & Co law firm was established on 1st February 2002. All members of the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in various branches of law. The firm is part of AEA International Lawyer Network represented in all countries of the world. Thus, we are in a position to provide our legal services throughout this network worldwide. The trust of our clients and the quality of our services brought us a prestigious award for our services in 2019: M&A Today named us the winner of “IT & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Czech Republic”. We take adequate pride in this award, making 2019 a successful year that saw the merger of two leading law firms: GÜRLICH & Co and ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS. ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS has groomed a team of experienced lawyers to provide legal services since 2003. It has received a number of awards, too, over the years; e.g. it was ranked among highly recommended law firms in the “Law Firm of 2015” ranking by EPRAVO. CZ in the telecommunications and media category. It received this award also in 2018 in the categories of telecommunications and media, public procurement, and information technology law. The merged law firm ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS moved into new, grade-A office space at the Delta Haus in Vinohrady, Prague. We trust that by merging our two reputable law firms, we will be providing our clients with complex services in various areas on a high and professional level, hand in hand with a personal approach. Our law firm delivers complex legal advisory services to Czech, Slovak and international clients, and also small and medium enterprises, sole proprietors, housing associations and cooperatives. The primary focus of our advisory services is on real estate transactions: the sale, purchase, or lease of real estate, housing and commercial property, including any documentation related to real estate financing and/or collaterisation. As part of collateralization, we process mortgages, pledges on real estate and other assets, including aggregate immovable assets, pledges on intellectual property, on an enterprise or a part thereof,

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security arrangements, mortgaging any related bank accounts, shares, shareholdings, and assignments of rights as required by banks. Naturally, we also process the registrations and any other related steps, including advice on governing law. We also focus on advisory services to IT developers. We provide our services on a highly professional level, quickly, and completely independently. Two of our core values that help our clients manage their businesses are flexibility and a personal approach, which we uphold through the hard work of our young but qualified colleagues, who are absolutely ready to offer a tailormade solution. In providing legal services, our law firm chooses the most suitable solution to achieve the goal as defined by the client, delivering legal opinions and analysis. The highest level of professionalism which we strive to preserve includes the consideration of legislative changes in progress, and a detailed and ongoing analysis of court judgements, both Czech and European. While focused on professionalism, we never forget that it goes hand in hand with a personal approach to ensure that clients can always rely on our services and the provision of the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time period, maintaining a high level of transparency and detailed records of our performance. Areas of law we specialize in: • • • • • • • • • •

Civil Law Commercial Law Intellectual Property Corporate Law and Commercial Law, Public Procurement Labour Law Real Estate Litigation Cryptocurrencies IT Law Media and Advertising

Company: ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Address: Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2 Czech Republic GSM: +420 224 409 920 Email: gurlich@akegv.cz Internet: www.akegv.cz

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Litigation Law Firm of the Year

GÜRLICH & Co law firm was established on 1st February 2002. All members of the firm are experienced lawyers possessing outstanding professional expertise in various branches of law. The firm is part of AEA International Lawyer Network represented in all countries of the world. Thus, we are in a position to provide our legal services throughout this network worldwide. The trust of our clients and the quality of our services brought us a prestigious award for our services in 2019: M&A Today named us the winner of “IT & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2019 in the Czech Republic”. We take adequate pride in this award, making 2019 a successful year that saw the merger of two leading law firms: GÜRLICH & Co and ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS. ERHARTOVÁ VÍTEK & PARTNERS has groomed a team of experienced lawyers to provide legal services since 2003. It has received a number of awards, too, over the years; e.g. it was ranked among highly recommended law firms in the “Law Firm of 2015” ranking by EPRAVO.CZ in the telecommunications and media category. It received this award also in 2018 in the categories of telecommunications and media, public procurement, and information technology law. The merged law firm ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS moved into new, grade-A office space at the Delta Haus in Vinohrady, Prague. We trust that by merging our two reputable law firms, we will be providing our clients with complex services in various areas on a high and professional level, hand in hand with a personal approach. Our law firm delivers complex legal advisory services to Czech, Slovak and international clients, and also small and medium enterprises, sole proprietors, housing associations and cooperatives. The primary focus of our advisory services is on real estate transactions: the sale, purchase, or lease of real estate, housing and commercial property, including any

Czech Republic documentation related to real estate financing and/or collaterisation. As part of collateralization, we process mortgages, pledges on real estate and other assets, including aggregate immovable assets, pledges on intellectual property, on an enterprise or a part thereof, security arrangements, mortgaging any related bank accounts, shares, shareholdings, and assignments of rights as required by banks. Naturally, we also process the registrations and any other related steps, including advice on governing law. We also focus on advisory services to IT developers. We provide our services on a highly professional level, quickly, and completely independently. Two of our core values that help our clients manage their businesses are flexibility and a personal approach, which we uphold through the hard work of our young but qualified colleagues, who are absolutely ready to offer a tailor-made solution. In providing legal services, our law firm chooses the most suitable solution to achieve the goal as defined by the client, delivering legal opinions and analysis. The highest level of professionalism which we strive to preserve includes the consideration of legislative changes in progress, and a detailed and ongoing analysis of court judgements, both Czech and European. While focused on professionalism, we never forget that it goes hand in hand with a personal approach to ensure that clients can always rely on our services and the provision of the best possible outcome in the shortest possible time period, maintaining a high level of transparency and detailed records of our performance. Areas of law we specialize in: • • • • • • • • • •

Civil Law Commercial Law Intellectual Property Corporate Law and Commercial Law, Public Procurement Labour Law Real Estate Litigation Cryptocurrencies IT Law Media and Advertising

Company: ERHARTOVÁ GÜRLICH VÍTEK & PARTNERS Address: Šafaříkova 201/17, 120 00 Prague 2 Czech Republic GSM: +420 224 409 920 Email: gurlich@akegv.cz Internet: www.akegv.cz

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Best First Aid Training Provider 2020

Cumbria, UK are also delivered to the highest standard to enable the delegate to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to approach and help those in the workplace having problems with mental health to seek further professional help.

First Aid Associates provides a variety of first aid and mental health courses to a range of businesses across the country. Founded in 2006 by Steve Wilson, First Aid Associates reputation in the field has grown significantly over the years. Whether you’re an organisation looking to train your staff, a community group or an individual wishing to learn new skills First Aid Associates work with a variety of clients ranging from GP Surgeries to Construction Groups, Primary Schools to Engineering businesses and offer a wide range of first aid courses from a 2 hour Basic Life Support to the 3 day First Aid at Work course. As an approved Qualsafe Awards Training Centre, all courses are delivered to the highest standard with the goal of furnishing all participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be a successful first aider wherever they are. We have recently introduced the three levels of First Aid for Mental Health, due to client demand. These courses

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First Aid Associates also provide first aid cover for small events, ranging from small music festivals to street fairs; short 5k runs to Ultra Marathons. Not only do we provide an excellent service, but it also adds value to courses by actively practicing the techniques that are being taught. Flexibility is vital when organising training. Businesses can find it difficult to fit with rigidly set dates and times. Having the option to organise training around their own commitments, relives the pressure on businesses and has less of an impact on their own workload and maintaining their own standards. Most qualifications need to be renewed every 3 years and with events happening every year, most business is repeat business, but we do get a significant amount of client referrals as well. As we move forwards, First Aid Associates will continue to provide an excellent service to their clients and hopefully exceed their expectations. First Aid Associates Steve Wilson steve@firstaidassociates.co.uk www.firstaidassociates.co.uk 01900 827506/07703 300407

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Best Graphology & Leadership Development Consultancy 2020

Graphology Solutions Group and its consultancies: Graphology Solutions Group has been active on the market since 2008, providing Leadership Development Programs, Competence Audit of the Leaders as well as leaders’ selection processes with application of Graphological Analysis. Our customers include business owners, presidents, managing directors, board members, directors of the companies and well-known politicians. Leadership Development Programs provided by Graphology Solutions Group secure excellence of leadership skills and sustainable growth of the Clients. We enhance accurate, constructive thinking of the leaders achieved through mental engineering and thought discipline. The uniqueness of application of Graphological Analysis and scientific diagnostic methods in our consultancies constitute the qualities that distinguishes Graphology Solutions Group on the market of personal growth industry.

How do you meet your clients’ needs in a current pandemic environment?

We specialize in on-line consultancies for the Leaders, which works perfectly well for them in a pandemic reality. The Leadership Development Programs and Leadership Competence Audit are attuned to current values of the Leaders and challenges their encounter. Graphology Solutions Group approaches every client with the highest respect, diligence, and focus. An individual approach to our client’s needs and expectations determine a structure of business solutions proposed.

What differentiates your organization from other companies and makes you the optimal solution for your clients? Graphology Solutions Group provides an excellent value for our clients based on a sustainable abundance mentality and consciousness. We give willingly to our customers, we embrace their change, we exude joy towards the environment and we take inspired action supporting our clients in their personal growth and development. We secure both horizontal and vertical growth of our customers. We combine practice with scientific findings and the uniqueness of

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graphological consultancies and that makes us the best option for our clients.

What is the future for your business? Are there any projects you would be willing to share with us? I can see Graphology Solutions Group providing results’ enhancing programs for the leaders of different industries and nationalities. I would like to share with you our latest Ultimate Results Leadership Development Program – a transformational and an effective system created on Sound Laws of business success. It is a proven program verified by the leaders of outstanding organizations and based on current scientific findings in the field of leaders’ personal growth. The program is designed for business owners, CEO’s, board members, supervisory board members and managing directors who are ready to create, embrace and maintain great results in their professional and private lives regardless of the pandemic circumstances.

How do your business will adapt to a new economic reality?

Personal grow industry has a promising future. Leadership development processes are of key value for the companies as they provide growth both on the macro and micro levels for them. Enhancing the quality of the leaders is a strategy for human capital development and organizational improvement. I think successful leadership practices will include multiple leadership styles in the future and Graphology Solutions Group’s programs provide them.

What has helped you to achieve success?

Interest, attention, and a positive expectation supported by consistency and sustainable effort towards your goals are the features that can bring you success. Moreover, congruence between who you are and what you do secures growth and success as you are authentic in your activities. Such an authenticity has a positive and efficient impact on the environment. It brings an added value both for you and your clients. Contact details: Contact: Lucyna Baca-Lönn Company: Graphology Solutions Group, Poland Email: lucyna.baca-lonn@graphologysolutions.eu Tel: +48 602441909 Wesite: www.graphologysolutions.eu

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Most Trusted Real Estate Agency 2020 & Award for Excellence in Property Finance Solutions 2019 & 2020

South East Spain

Grupo Platinum Estates

Together we will find the perfect home for you Buying a house can be a complex process, even more so when the purchase is to go to live in a new city or even a new country. There are many variables that must be taken into account and many of them are not valued by the buyer. How to choose which houses to see? Where to look for the offers?

We save you time We have a complete database of homes for sale in the areas of Almeria, Murcia, Alicante and Malaga. Each of them is classified with relevant information: the area, the size of housing and plot, equipment (pool, barbecue, parking ...). We can filter by combining the specific parameters that are important to you, so that from a list of thousands of homes, we only have those that adapt exactly to what you need.

We accompany you Once the list of candidate houses has been defined, we organize the visits to them. We will be your only intermediary, you will not have to stay in different days and times with the sellers of each house, we take care of all the logistics in advance so that you do not have to worry about anything other than seeing the houses. Also, if you do not live in the area, we will manage the trip and offer suitable you accommodation.

We guide you Valuing a house seems easy, but it is not. Some things are obvious and we all see them from the first

moment, but others require more experience. Topics such as orientation, the quality of the insulation, the infrastructure of the area, public transport, the neighborhood ... are issues that greatly affect the quality of life and can be difficult to assess if you do not know the area thoroughly. With our company, you will have guaranteed a deep knowledge of the real estate market and the environment. We will advise you on all those aspects that you might not have taken into account so that you only have to worry about choosing the best views.

We deal with paperwork Once you have decided on the house in which you want to live, the paperwork phase begins. With Grupo Platinum you will not have to worry either, since we take care of all the administrative procedures of the purchase and also help you choose the financing that best suits you.

We are always here to support you We have a large team and are able to support any need you have in the future. We speak the language, nothing will ever be a worry or concern for you.

Address: Calle Mar Rabiosa 1 San Juan de los Terreros, 04648 AlmerĂ­a Tel: 34 950466112 or 34 666687251 Email: info@grupoplatinum.com Web: www.grupoplatinum.com

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Best IT Managed Services Provider - 2020 - Hestia Group

Belgium

Hestia Group: ‘The Belgian Market Leader for Managed Services to Date’ “As a knowledge company with a solid base, Hestia ensures consistency and absolute quality by supporting and/or completely managing the ICT infrastructure of its esteemed customers.” While new technologies present powerful opportunities for enterprises, they also introduce challenges. The pace of change in IT is unprecedented. No longer can IT departments standardize on one or two computer models, a single operating system, and a short list of approved applications. The mobile devices and cloud-based technologies that have brought so much possibility have also introduced a hodgepodge of devices, platforms and apps for IT departments to manage and secure. In light of the above-mentioned scenario, we’re thrilled to present Hestia Group – dedicated to offering an extensive range of managed services (for IT needs) that help clients realize their business transformation. The group consists of a network of expert companies that each support the customer in their domain of expertise. In relation to the customer’s request, one or more of these knowledge domains are addressed in order to arrive at an optimal solution for the customer. Hestia Group is headquartered in Edegem, Belgium. Hestia was founded in 2008 after incubating for two years within the Cronos holding (parent company). It’s one of the leading Managed Services specialists. The company’s focus lies in the support and management of the ICT infrastructure. Hestia was the first and only company in Belgium to receive accreditation in accordance with the MSPAlliance’s (MSPA) Managed Services Accreditation Program (MSAP). MSAP is the first program of its kind, specifically designed and created to provide business consumers of managed services the assurance that the service provider they hire meets or exceeds the highest principles of quality in areas such as financial stability, facilities, managed services practices and customer satisfaction. The domains validated by the MSAP program can be fully measured against the ISO 27001 certification. By offering a portfolio of high-quality services and solutions, Hestia allows companies the opportunity to reestablish their core activities. By doing this, the company is able to build long-term relationships with customers and become a trusted managed service provider and business partner. Hestia is active in all sectors and serves small, medium as well as large enterprises and employs over 100 highly skilled engineers.

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“In Greek mythology, Hestia was the virgin goddess, daughter of Cronos, and responsible for the fire on Mount Olympus. Since the fire in Greek households was never permitted to go out, Hestia was responsible for protecting the eternal flame”. As a knowledge company with a solid base, Hestia ensures consistency and absolute quality by supporting and/or completely managing the ICT infrastructure of its esteemed customers. The company wants to be recognized as a genuine knowledge organization with tried-and-tested services, primarily thanks to its motivated and engaged employees who really to make a difference in the market. The second meaning of Hestia in Greek mythology was the institution and fostering of new initiatives. The Hestia Group’s mission is no different – to launch and foster new initiatives. The ‘most influential’ factor in Hestia’s business’ success was most certainly, as described above, to cope with all the aspects of ‘growing pains’ and that is exactly where the strength of the Cronos Group comes in. Next to that is making sure, as a business leader, that your team wakes up in the morning, looks into their bathroom mirror and says: “another fine day to get ready and work for Hestia Group”…

Nicolas Geudens: A Brief Background Nicolas Geudens graduated with great distinction and obtained his master’s degree in commercial sciences and combined a specialization year ‘ICT Management’ with an extra specialization ‘Marketing’. The reason for this double specialization lies in the fact that there are not too many people who can bring IT in an understandable way. Combining these two specializations created an ideal mix. He started his career in various business development management positions and then founded Promad, a company to provide management consultancy services. Over 12 years ago, he was the founder of Hestia, of which he is still the Managing Partner.

“Hestia was the first and only company in Belgium to receive accreditation in accordance with the MSPAlliance’s (MSPA) Managed Services Accreditation Program (MSAP).”

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HR Compliance MD of the Year - 2020 - Joanne Ferguson, Hunter Global Business Solutions Ltd

Joanne Ferguson founded Hunter Global Business Solutions in 2018 and is the only CIPD qualified business consultant locally to offer a Total Business Solution. The company provides bespoke packages to businesses for Human Resources, Health & Safety, Training & Development and QMS Internal Audits. With over 30 years in the profession Jo has experience of working in a range of industries; from food and rubber manufacturing to health and social care. Initially training in Human Resources Jo gained her Chartered Membership of the CIPD qualification while working for a globally recognised food manufacturer. During her 17 years at British Sugar she also trained in Health and Safety to NEBOSH/IOSH levels and QMS Auditing. Hunter Global Business Solutions Limited offers businesses the reassurance that their company is compliant in all areas. Jo has guaranteed compliance in areas such as Health and Safety Induction Programmes, ensuring employees’ mandatory training and personal development is completed to a high standard. Recruiting specifications for the Health and Social Care Industry to ensure compliance with safeguarding requirements; also focusing on employee legislation in all areas as well as customer specifications for quality assurance. Jo has worked hard to gain her reputation in her field of expertise. Through running her own business over the last five years; she has gained some incredible clients and helped them to develop and grow their staff and businesses. Developing Quality Management Systems that cover all aspects of their business and to be compliant with the relevant accreditation body for their industry. HGBS become part of their management team rather than an ‘external consultant’. Jo believes that having a flexible

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and more realistic approach to her client’s needs ensures that they build up a great working relationship. The main function in Jo’s previous roles has been HR but while she was in the sugar manufacturing industry she trained as an ISO auditor and also NEBOSH / IOSH. Jo now uses these skills with her clients ensuring that they stay compliant. Jo also trains Auditing Skills for Verner Wheelock Associates in a variety of food manufacturing industries, either face to face or video conferencing. Hunter Global Business Solutions Limited offers businesses additional support in many areas, either for one-off projects or monthly ongoing support to suit the business needs. Trained to a high standard in many areas enabling the firm to give businesses continued support to keep them compliant, without the need to employ individual professionals on a full-time basis at a greater cost. Being so deeply passionate about compliance, Jo is able to provide straightforward solutions that meet the needs of a variety of clients.

JOANNE FERGUSON Contact Details: Company: Hunter Global Business Solutions Limited Email: Joanne@HGBusinessSolutions.co.uk Tel: 07966374126 – 01636 701386 Web: www.hunterglobalbusinesssolutions.co.uk

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Strategic Advisory Firm of the Year

Kin + Carta is a global digital transformation business. We make the journey to becoming a digital business tangible, sustainable, and profitable. As we work towards B-Corp certification, we are striving to create positive impact for our clients, equality for our people and achieving carbon neutrality for our planet. We make transformation happen across three critical challenges for our clients: improving inefficient or ineffective analogue process with digital equivalents, designing and launching new products/services, and unlocking future innovation through modernisation initiatives. Kin + Carta have 10 Global Offices with 1,600 technologists, strategists and creatives across four continents. We work across sectors including Private Equity, Financial Services, Retail, and Healthcare.

Focused Services:

• Value Creation and Commercial Due Diligence • Digital Maturity • Transformation and Change • Digital Product Development • Digital Service Design

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• Cloud Modernisation • Customer Data Activation • Modernise MarTech Platform Engineering • Regulate and Optimise Experiences

Recognition:

Kin + Carta Obtains Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency This global recognition certifies the firm as an official Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, the highest level of the Microsoft Partner Program, and demonstrates Kin + Carta’s technical ability to meet the evolving needs of customers in a rapidly-changing digital world. Kin + Carta Named to Forrester 2020 Now Tech: Digital Transformation Services, Q2 2020 Kin + Carta was named in the Now Tech: Digital Transformation Services Report, published by Forrester Research. The report features the top digital transformation service providers and is intended to help digital leaders and CIOs understand the value they can expect from a vendor. Episerver Gold Partners We’re one of the UK’s leading Episerver partners. We’ve been working with them since 2005 and our Gold Partner status recognises

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our product knowledge, implementation experience, and certified developers. In Paul Gruffydd we have one of only seven Episerver MVPs in the UK. Sitecore global Solution Partner Sitecore recognises talent. That’s why they’ve made us one of their global Solution Partners. Basically they think we’re amongst the best at working with their platform. We’ve proven our ability time and again on big projects for clients such as M&G Investments, Arthur J Gallagher and Aberdeen Standard Life Investments. Working together as true partners we look to understand your business, your challenges and your customers. By working with Kin + Carta you gain access to all of the experts across our Connective. We don’t just handover new technology, we help execute the organisational changes required to ensure it pays off. We work with some of the world’s largest brands to solve their business-critical challenges. Including Unilever, The Times, Santander, Lexus, Allergan, M&S, Lion Capital and Xenzone. The user sits at the heart of all we do. We care about creating truly amazing products for our customers.

Tom Holt

Tom is CEO of Kin + Carta Advise and has over 15 years experience working with the C-suite and Private Equity. Tom has deep sector experience, having spent five years as CEO of Pragma Consulting, a specialist consumer consultancy, prior to the transition to Kin + Carta. Previously, Tom worked at Nectar, the UK’s largest loyalty programme.

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Jonan Boto

Jonan joined Kin + Carta earlier this year as Director of Investor Services. He and his team deliver due diligence and post-acquisition value creation for investors and their portfolio companies. He has been working with private equity clients and teams across Kin + Carta, to bring a digitally-native mindset to our due diligence offering. Previously, Jonan worked at Deliveroo, Sun Capital, Bain & Company and at the Bank of England. He has an Mphil in Economics. Outside of work, he is the founder of a social enterprise, Mama Kari, offering down to earth leadership in workplace mental health.

Jacob GascoineBecker

Jacob leads Kin + Carta Advise’s Strategy & Operations practice, most recently working with operators across sectors to develop the case for change and helping to realise the true value of digital investments through operating model transformation. Jacob has worked for Kin + Carta for the last six years, formerly a Director at Pragma successfully leading strategic and due diligence engagements with some of the world’s best known retail and consumer brands.

Contact Details: Kin + Carta Company: 11 Soho St. Address: London, W1D 3AD 020 8158 2093 Tel: www.kinandcarta.com Web:

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Best Professional Waterproofing Specialists - 2020 - Komsol Group

Europe

HOW TO REDUCE AROUND 75% CO2 EMISSIONS IN THE CONCRETE INDUSTRY

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oncrete is the most widely used building material in the world ITS CONSUMPTION IS ONLY OUTWEIGHED BY WATER. The problem is that one of its main components, cement, and above all the process necessary to produce contribute, significantly to the climate change. Around 4 billion tons of cement are manufactured every year, generating approximately 8% of global CO2 emissions. However, something surprising is that almost 60% of these emissions are not due to the use of fossil fuels, but to the self-process chemistry. With CONTROLL®INNERSEAL from KOMSOL we manage to increase up to three times the durability of the concrete and with it the life of useful use a structure Thanks to this we will drastically reduce the need for the production of cements and concretes and can reduce up to 75 the CO 2 emission in this sector CONTROLL®INNERSEAL is a mineral product and therefore 100 ecological CONTROLL®INNERSEAL de KOMSOL comply with EN 1504 2 2+ global CO 2 emissions However, something surprising is that almost 60 of these emissions are not due to the use of fossil fuels, but to the self process chemistry. Our products Innerseal, Innerseal plus + and Topseal are unique in the world, 100% non-toxic, no VOC, increase the lifetime of the concrete 3 times, increase the surface durability by 30%, penetrate deep like no other product, protect against all kinds of chlorides. Best for concrete floors, garage, parking garage, water ponds, Nuclear power plant with Green 2 certificate, bridges, tunnels, Harbor piers, airports etc. protects facades from water intrusion, drying out walls and increasing heat efficiency. This is only some projects we solve around the world. Year 2020 will be even “greener” as we continue to increase our efforts to protect concrete all over the globe for longer durability, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. We owe it to future generations.

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www.komsol.eu Contact: ts@komsol.eu


Best Modelling School 2020 & Healthy Body Image Advocacy of the Year 2020

UK

An International Model and Influencer Agency based in Farringdon, London. Founder and CEO Eleni Renton established Leni’s Model Management a decade ago with the goal of promoting health and wellbeing within the modelling industry.

nurturing long-term personal relationships with their models, offering them a considered approach to career management. This is achieved by encouraging a healthy, holistic lifestyle and providing fitness, well-being and financial advice. Leni’s philosophy promotes a healthy body image.

The business continues to expand in 2020 with more than 300 models collaborating with global brands like; Pretty Little Thing, Boohoo, Misspap, Missguided and Studio Retail. The dynamic founder Eleni at the core of the agency’s success.

Leni’s is recognised for finding fresh, emerging talent internationally and introducing them to the UK market.

Leni’s core values of promoting health within the industry is at the heart of the company’s mission and sense of a purpose. 2020 will see the development of CEO Leni’s vision, “Leni’s Learning” – a series of educational workshops and an academy that will act as a vehicle to an exciting new decade. These new workshops echo the foundation of Leni’s Agency which has always been putting the health of minds and bodies first through guidance on fitness, nutrition, healthy living and finance to all of Leni’s talent to help nurture longevity and success for all.

Brand Mission Leni’s is an award winning, London based International agency who set the standard for projecting a healthy body image within the fashion & beauty industry.

Leni’s Models Aims to continually bestow first class client service, employing a team of professional model bookers who are dedicated to delivering the required ‘look’. Leni’s has established strong connections with the best of British brands. Regularly booking models for the UK’s biggest commercials, catalogue, e-commerce, editorial and London fashion week shows.

Leni’s Influencers Representing talented content creators and influencers across the fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle sectors. The influencer booking team connects talent with brands for unique collaborations. Varying from one-off paid posts through to brand ambassador roles, campaigns and bespoke events. www.lenisagency.com

They are proud of the supportive company culture that they have created which nurtures exceptional talent and partnerships, allowing room for brand diversity and growth.

The Agency Leni’s Model Management was founded by Eleni Renton in July 2009. The company’s primary ethos focuses on

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Asset Based Lender of the Year

UK

BRIGHTON | LONDON | BIRMINGHAM | LEEDS | MANCHESTER | READING

COMPLETING DEALS, WITH CONFIDENCE Specialising in structured ABL facilities up to £35m with exceptional levels of client service. We have built a reputation for our flexible and personal approach to completing deals. CASE STUDY: FOOD BUSINESS

Cake decoration and food ingredients business required flexible funding to support growth plans Leumi ABL provided £8.87m ABL package including CID, P&M finance and term loan facility

CASE STUDY: FLEET MANAGEMENT BUSINESS

Commercial fleet management business required flexible funding to support acquisition and working capital Leumi ABL provided £30m CID facility

INVOICE FINANCE | STOCK | P&M | TRADE | TERM LOANS

To find out more about the Leumi ABL approach to business call Phil Woodward on 07900 802774 or email pwoodward@leumiabl.co.uk or visit www.leumiabl.co.uk 02825 Leumi M&A ½ page - Nov 2019indd.indd 1

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Best Encryption Software Solution - 2020 MATESO GmbH: Password Safe

Europe

Password Safe from MATESO Best Encryption Software Solution MATESO stands for the skillful combination of digital security and innovation – always with the goal to provide Enterprise Password Management at the cutting edge – regardless of country borders, company sizes or sectors. Password Safe is the nr. 1 solution for the whole company: It suits employees without prior technical knowledge with its user-friendly LightClient interface as well as privileged users like admins and power users with extended rights and functions in the FullClient.

Therefore, Power Users or Head of Departments can use the FullClient for administrative tasks like granting and depriving rights. As these employees do not have to get used to the functional interface completely, they can selectively handle the different user interfaces by just switching the view – to the LightClient interface – for daily work like SSO. This guarantees that every user is individually given exactly the rights and functions he really needs to work both efficiently and securely and thus will relieve the administration at the same time.

Under the MATESO® brand, companies can find everything they need to protect their passwords and secrets inside and outside with Password Safe. Its stateless multi-tier-architecture, SQL Clustering and server replication make Password Safe highly available, scalable as well as resistant. With Password Safe, customers decide for the highest possible end-to-end encryption (E2EE) with 100.000 iterations as well as a complex rights system that can represent any company hierarchically.

Everyone in your company Whatever department you`re in or how much technical background you have: Every employee needs to store his passwords and secrets at a safe place and wants to logon and off easily and securely at the same time. The user-centered design of the LightClient therefore actively involves the needs of end users. Thanks to the intuitive menu navigation and basic functions, every employee can use the LightClient right away, for example to share passwords with colleagues securely. No manual or training needed!

The right Password Management Tool for …

IT and Administration With a large range of settings and user rights, Password Safe is completely customizable and thus offers a great relief for IT. The Password Management Tool offers a very high-performance administration right up to facilitating typical administrative activities. When Password Reset is carried out, for example, users’ passwords can be reset to a new unknown value fully automatically in the target system and simultaneously in Password Safe. Individual triggers can be defined for regularly recurring tasks such as the administration of service accounts: Just set a trigger to change all service account passwords every three days! All activities within Password Safe can be called up at any time via the logbook and history. Also, you always stay in control: The data remains with the customer as it is stored locally. However, this on-prem solution nevertheless provides the feeling of a Cloud solution as it can be used on the web via browser as well! Power Users and Managers Sometimes, you just need more functions than the average user, but not as many as the guys from IT:

About MATESO With Password Safe, MATESO is developing Enterprise Password Management Solutions Made in Germany for over 20 years now. In 1998, the founder of Password Safe, Thomas Malchar, discovered that there was no such software on the markets to secure his sensitive data and thus simply programmed it himself. In 2006, he founded MATESO – a composition of „Malchar Technology (on) Software“. Today, MATESO now has 10,000 corporate clients with several private customers worldwide – including 20 of the top 30 DAX companies and an employee growth of over 50 % from 2018 to 2019 only.

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MATESO GmbH Daimlerstraße 15, 86356 Neusäß, GERMANY www.passwordsafe.com sales@passwordsafe.de

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Best Digital Marketing Agency - 2020 - Mooch

We’re immensely proud of the work we create - from local startups to global brands and everything in between. Here at mooch, we like to consider ourselves a truly integrated bunch. Our ability to deliver award-winning creative ideas across the wide variety of agency disciplines demanded by today’s media landscape, mean our clients always benefit from our extensive range of services. We believe that by working closely together, our people truly collaborate, producing work that would never come from one person alone. The benefits of having all agency resources under one roof are endless. Primarily, it means we’re reactive for our clients. Got a last minute artwork amend? No worries – our design team are well versed in last minute.com changes. Second thoughts on that billboard ad proposition? Chill. Our creative team will be right on it and a new idea right with you. You see, no outsourcing means total control. Total control of quality. Total control of time scales. And most importantly, total control of budgets. We work with many exciting businesses across a variety of industries, developing sector specific expertise from B2B and manufacturing, through to property and education. We continue to develop our knowledge and love for working with

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ambitious and successful businesses, exceeding expectations and delivering an exceptionally high quality of work throughout. As an agency full top to bottom with talented and enthusiastic people, we pride ourselves on one thing above everything else. We’re always looking for the best creative solutions for our clients. And once we find it, we start all over again. You see, where many agencies finish off a project, we’re often only just at the beginning. Producing creative, relevant and interruptive work is no simple task. This requires an complete agency approach which demands only the very best from everyone, all the time. And how do we do this? Well, it might sound odd, but make sure we turn every one our people into craftsmen. And by the term craftsmen, we don’t mean cabinet makers or stone masons. We simply mean we ensure all our people, from designers to account executives, are encouraged to care about their work, just like a master craftsman would. It’s not about money. It’s not about time. It’s about people caring about the work the put out and the effect is has for our clients.

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+44 (0)1527 592 738 +44 (0)7900 241 782 daniel.berry@moochcreative.co.uk moochcreative.co.uk

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• Most Influential Woman in eLearning 2020 • Best Online Learning Tool of the Year - UK

UK

The distance learning experts. To be named Most Influential Woman in eLearning 2020 by M&A Today is an honour Samantha Rutter is delighted to receive. Samantha’s drive for continuous improvement has led to a period of change within Open Study College over the last year, with the business moving to a brighter, larger and more modern office space and the launch of their new website, marking the dawn of a new era for Samantha and her team as they forge ahead with their ambitious growth plans. Samantha Rutter, aged 31 and from the West Midlands, co-founded Open Study College with her father, Mark, 13 years ago. Fuelled by their passion for empowering people to achieve their ambitions, Samantha and Mark’s combined dedication and experience has enabled them to grow Open Study College to become what it is today: one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. During this time, Samantha and her team have supported over 90,000 students in achieving their goals. CEO since the age of 29, Samantha heads up a skilled and diverse team of academic specialists, customer service operatives and specialist tutors to deliver high-quality, flexible qualifications and courses. With a repertoire that comprises over 650 courses from the likes of AAT, CIPD, ACCA, CMI, Sage, PRINCE2 and CompTIA, alongside traditional qualifications such as A Levels and GCSEs, Open Study College’s course offering gives students the power to change both their lives and career prospects. In partnership with such prestigious awarding bodies, Samantha and her team have worked hard to develop industryrecognised qualifications and courses that add value for both employees and employers alike. Open Study College’s distance learning offering provides high-quality, flexible options for students to study at a pace that suits them, allowing them to take control of their learning, with the support of their specialist tutor and the college’s first-class customer service team. As a

result, Samantha’s team have earned a coveted 5-star rating and glowing reviews from students on Trustpilot. With students across the world, Samantha is keen to form strong partnerships with other businesses to enhance the experience Open Study College offers their students. Over the last year, Samantha and her team have built new relationships with higher education providers and recruitment agents internationally, to offer the full end-to-end customer journey and help learners achieve their ambitions beyond their studies. Samantha’s passion and endeavour does not stop there, she regularly talks to students to get a greater understanding of their challenges and motivations to study to allow her and her team to expand Open Study College’s offering to better meet the needs of learners globally. Samantha is a passionate advocate for equality and champions women in the workplace, supporting them to achieve their full professional potential. At Open Study College, women make up 65% of the workforce, with 50% of the senior management team being female. Keen to improve the pace of gender equality, Samantha is eager to ensure that the women in her workforce are provided with opportunities to further their careers. She also believes in the importance of giving women more control over their working life in order to develop professionally and adopting more flexible working policies. The recent recognition to be awarded Most Influential Woman in eLearning 2020 alongside Best Online Learning Tool only reinforces the dedication and hard work of Samantha and her team at Open Study College. If you are interested in speaking to us about your own or your team’s professional development, please don’t hesitate to contact Robbie Bryant via email: robbie.bryant@openstudycollege.com.

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Best Asset Management Firm of the Year

Switzerland

Contact details Pharus Management SA Via Pollini 7, CH-6850 Mendrisio t: +41 (0) 91 640 37 80 (centr) t: +41 (0) 91 640 37 88 (int) e: info@pharus.ch w: www.pharusmanagement.ch

The origins of Pharus date back to 1998, when the Swiss asset manager Pharus Management SA was established to manage the assets of private customers. In 2002, the first expansion took place with the SICAV under the Luxembourg law, currently on the market with 28 Funds harmonized and authorized by the Consob to be offered to the Italian public too. As an independent investment boutique, the target clientele is of high standing, and the offer consists of both tailor-made solutions and a variety of funds capable of responding to the different needs of risk and return, which range from purely monetary products to funds specialized in fixed income. From equity and multi-asset to purely thematic funds. In particular, the three leading thematic equity funds Pharus Sicav Next Revolution, Pharus Sicav Biotech and Pharus Sicav Best Regulated Companies - are unique products in the investment funds panorama, since they focus on niches with high growth potential compared to the market. The highly competent management team, with many years of experience, invests with rigorous methodologies: the sophisticated systems used to analyze the financial statements of the companies in the portfolio, especially profits and their evolution, are integrated with the examination of intangible assets, which have a particularly significant weight in those highly innovative realities. Pharus Sicav Biotech invests in shares of companies active in the search of innovative solutions thanks to the most advanced biotechnologies, or in possession of interesting technologies that can be used for the development of innovative therapies. The investment universe of the fund is not limited to a particular geographical area, even if the portfolio consists almost exclusively of companies listed in the USA. The overall performance of Pharus Sicav Biotech in 2019 was + 24.02%. Pharus Sicav Next Revolution mainly invests in shares of leading companies in the development of innovative technologies, or in possession of interesting technologies that can be used for the development of traditional businesses. The objective of the strategy is to select companies that invest in frontier sectors and that guide future technological development, such as digital marketing, cybersecurity, cloud services, smart payments, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence and the

blockchain. The fund performance in 2019 was + 23.02%. Finally, Pharus Best Regulated Companies invests in companies specialized in infrastructures within regulated sectors such as, for example, electricity transmission and distribution, water and gas transportation, gas storage and regasification. These are infrastructural networks that offer services of strategic and social relevance for a State. For this reason, they often operate under a monopoly regime and are remunerated by guaranteed returns based on criteria defined ex ante by the regulator. These characteristics allow the fund to be little connected to the economic cycle to obtain stable and solid returns, also thanks to the high cash flows which translate into dividend yields that are substantial and sustainable over time. In addition, the companies included in the portfolio pursue the goal of energy transition on a daily basis and are at the forefront of the development of smart grids, which has enabled the fund to obtain a the ESG certification with AA rating. The fund performance in 2019 was + 7.26% The Pharus Sicav Absolute Return also deserves to be mentioned, a balanced multi-asset fund which, like the Pharus Sicav Best Regulated Companies, aims to achieve returns in any market context with a low degree of volatility. The conservative approach of the fund requires that both the equity and bond components are of the highest quality and allows for the so-called Fly To Quality to be obtained when the stock market corrects, thanks to the bond part that amortizes the equity drawdown. Characterized by diversification, professionalism, active management and innovation, Pharus’ strategy has made it possible to preserve capital over time and seize growth opportunities in line with customer needs, while riding the revolution of the wealth management industry. Hence the foundation in 2012 of the Management Company in Luxembourg authorized for UCITS and UCI, in 2015 the listing of part of the funds to the ETF Plus market segment of Borsa Italiana, in 2016 the authorization for retail distribution in Switzerland of part of its funds and shortly the opening of the Italian branch. In today’s highly crowded asset management industry, it is a matter of pride for a niche and tailored management company such as Pharus to be named Best Asset Management Firm of the Year - Switzerland at the 2020 Global Awards.

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Best Road Markings Materials Supplier - 2020 - Preformed Markings Ltd

UK & Ireland

Initially trading from a rented office in a garden centre, the business had just 1 member of staff plus the companies’ owners. In the early years, business was slow, as the trend for traditional hot applied thermoplastic far outweighed the demand for a new product. After several years of proactive marketing and demonstrations, a small number of local authorities and highways operators invested into the ethos of an improved product, with an improved specification, plus the low investment in plant and equipment. As the months and years passed, demand for a ‘preformed’ product grew and grew. Other products entered the market, but none of them matched the performance and quality of PREMARK®, the preformed thermoplastic of choice.

harsh environment and ease of application.

2003 saw a major development in the business of Preformed Markings Ltd. London announced the introduction of the congestion charge scheme, and after trials of PREMARK®, paints and traditional hot applied thermoplastic, Transport for London (TfL) specified PREMARK® for use as the preferred material for both the white and red & white road markings. To date, this product is still specified by TfL for this and other projects.

Our ethos is to proactively seek new uses for our materials, and to invest in the development of further products for our key markets.

In this year, Preformed Markings Ltd also won the opportunity to supply London Bus stations with preformed lettering in all of their stations. This work was completed overnight, and still remains the material of choice due to its performance, long term durability in a

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Preformed Markings Ltd became the UK and Ireland’s premier supplier of high quality preformed thermoplastic road markings. Starting with only one member of staff, the company has gone from strength to strength, from its early days in a garden centre, to a new prestigious office and warehousing facility near to the Brooklands Race Track, in the heart of Surrey. The business is now part of a global operation, with links across Western and Eastern Europe plus Asia and the sub continent, providing a wide range of key materials for the highway, education, disability and safety markets.

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Preformed Markings Ltd is part of the Geveko Markings group – a leading manufacturer and supplier of material for road and horizontal markings. You can read more about Geveko Markings at www.geveko-markings.com.

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Unit 6, Oyster Park, 109 Chertsey Road Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7AX +44 (0)1932 359270 +44 (0)1932 340936 sales@preformedmarkings.co.uk

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Best Independent Financial Advisory Firm 2020

As Harrogate and Yorkshire’s leading Independent Financial Advisers and Employee Benefit Consultants, Prosperis Limited offers innovative and objective advice to a wide range of clients. Among our esteemed winners in this year’s Yorkshire & Humber Enterprise Awards, Prosperis is definitely one to watch, as we found out when we profiled the firm and offered readers a glimpse into the work it undertakes and the secrets behind its incredible success. Established in 2002 by Niall Gunn, CEO, Prosperis provides a wide range of holistic financial advice to individuals and business throughout the UK. The business recently relocated to new premises in the centre of Harrogate primarily to accommodate their on-going expansion. Chairman, Paul Meehan, has many years’ experience in building up businesses through mergers and acquisition and he takes a leading role for the business in that regard. The firm supports a vast array of clients that come from across all sectors of business, industries and the professions. What links these clients is the exceptional, pro-active service they receive when they work with Prosperis. The majority of the firm’s clients seek retirement planning and general investment advice, however, Prosperis’ flexible approach and skilled personnel mean the firm is able to support them with any financial or employment benefit support they may need. Through this approach, the firm works hard to offer clients a service seeking to create a wealth

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accumulation and protection plan that meets their individual needs, rather than simply aiming to sell them off the shelf products. This method ensures the firm’s objectives are aligned with those of its clients, reinforcing Prosperis’ commitment to providing them with the very best financial advice both today and for the years ahead. When a new client comes to the firm to seek support and advice, the team aim to provide them with simple, practical advice they can understand, rather than bombarding them with information they cannot understand or use. Prosperis firmly believes in engaging with clients at a level they can gain the most from, rather than over complicating the solution, as, in many cases, the simplest solution is the one that fits most, most of the time. By minimising jargon and providing as much or as little access to staff as a client may need, Prosperis is able to provide clients with the highest possible quality of support and service which meets their exact requirements. This approach has served the company well, and today it leads the competitive financial advice market. In Yorkshire and Harrogate especially, there is a high demand for these services, with many new firms entering the market on a regular basis. What sets Prosperis apart from these other companies is its exceptional level of client service. By working closely with the client to understand their longterm goals and support them to achieve these, the company is able to retain its client base and enhance this year-on-year. Within the financial advice market currently, there are a lot of regulations and changes impacting Prosperis and its clients. Recently, the Regulator

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has taken steps to look at the many transfers out of final salary pension schemes and tightened up the already strict processes involved. Prosperis believes this is good practice but many firms have fallen foul of these rules and advice is likely to suffer as a result. However, thanks to its committed staff and their hard work and innovation, Prosperis has managed to support its clients through this development and it will continue to adapt and remain at the forefront of the latest industry developments moving forward. For corporate clients, Prosperis offers a bespoke service in a number of complex fields. Led by David Carrington, Corporate Development Director, Prosperis provides specialist advice to corporate clients on, for example, auto enrolment and ongoing pension scheme governance. Assisting David in the delivery of group risk and employee benefits, Samantha Campney and Natasha Jockel manage these services for clients throughout the UK covering private medical insurance, critical illness cover and group life assurance arrangements. Looking to the future, Prosperis is continuing with its aim to expand, via both organic growth and through acquisition. The company has already purchased one small business last year and is currently in talks with other firms with a view to making at least two additional purchases in 2019. Whilst this growth is vital to the firm’s ongoing success, the team will remain committed to ensuring its service offering remains at the highest standard that clients have come to expect. Propseris is continuing to grow its advisory team and has recently hired a number of new staff in its strategy to expand its Wealth Management service further. Nicholas Utting, Associate Director, has been

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with the firm for over 9 years and takes the leading role in private client delivery. Nick has recently been joined in his role in dealing with individual clients as the firm appointed David McLaughlin and Matthew Tallant as independent financial advisers. As part of this focus, Prosperis is currently seeking to adapt around the changes it is seeing in the financial advice market by developing its own Wealth Platform, which will provide its clients with real time, live access to the company’s back office system. This will enable clients to access valuations, store important documents, such as Will and Powers of Attorney, and edit their data on-line. To assist the firm in bringing its service offering to clients, the firm appointed Matthew Harris as Head of Operations. Matthew has many years of experience with large national firms and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business. In the recent Covid-19 pandemic, we have established a robust client communication process with the use new digital technologies. Ultimately, thanks to these projects Prosperis is set to further enhance its already impressive success over the years to come and provide its clients with the solutions and support they need in the everevolving financial advice market. We are currently looking to acquire new businesses in the greater Yorkshire area. Company: Contact: Address: Tel: Website:

Prosperis Limited Kirsty Henry 14 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, HG2 0NA, UK 01423 223658 www.prosperis.co.uk

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Global Sustainability Private Equity Advisor of the Year

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is a means of protecting and raising the value of their investments. However, investor pressure is only one reason that our PE clients are thinking about these issues. A broader range of stakeholders are also concerned – and in the case of regulators, this may lead to regulatory risks. For instance, the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act in 2015 has focused attention on slavery and worker exploitation, and this year, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) announced that reporting based on the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will become mandatory for PRI signatories, raising PE houses’ concerns about their portfolio companies’ compliance.

Firm Profile We believe sustainability lies at the core of business success, so we provide a comprehensive range of services to support business leaders drive growth, reduce and manage risk, maintain supply chain integrity, improve efficiency and strengthen reputation. PwC’s global sustainability team works with public and private sector clients, NGOs, private entrepreneurs, policy makers and think tanks to make business and economic sense of sustainability and climate change. We are a team of over 800 globally, with around 100 specialists based in the UK. Our award-winning Private Equity sustainability team focuses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues faced by our private equity (PE) clients. Whether it’s protecting value through managing risk, or generating value by spotting opportunities, ESG issue management plays an important role in value creation. As shown in our recent survey and report, Older and wiser: Is responsible investment coming of Age?, ESG management is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but rather a business basic. Over half (53%) of the 166 respondents from 35 countries say their whole investment team is trained on responsible investment. The baseline is continuously evolving to incorporate new topics, such as climate risk and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comes not just from a wish to avoid reputational damage, but because there is strong evidence of commercial advantage. Responsible investment policies, and the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure performance against these, are now commonplace, with 91% and 72% respectively of respondents having these either in place or development.

Increased focus on responsible investment Driven by risk management and investors’ expectations, an increasing number of PE houses demonstrate strong interest in embedding consideration of ESG matters in their investment strategy. This is being achieved through the implementation of ESG policies and procedures at house or fund level, conducting “ESG reviews” of portfolio companies to establish baselines for action, and eventually assessing the environmental and social impact of their investments.

Aside from external pressures, PE clients are also increasingly seeing that ESG issues can impact more directly on the bottom line. The concept of saving resources, such as water or energy, by doing more with less (so-called ‘ecoefficiencies’) can lead to significant financial savings as well as environmental benefits. On the upside, tighter regulatory pressures, particularly in relation to carbon, and the continued rise of the ethical consumer, have provided some PE portfolio companies with opportunities to grow revenue streams from more responsible products. Therefore, by focusing on ESG risks and opportunities at all stages of the deal cycle - from pre-acquisition sustainability assessments, portfolio company ESG reviews during the “hold” period and to sustainability advice at exit - we identify the value that can be protected, created and monetised. And, as stakeholder interest in ESG issues increases, ESG management will continue to become an area in which PE houses can show that they make a real and measurable difference.

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Development of Responsible Investment strategies, policies and procedures; provision of “tools” for policy implementation, including electronic tools for screening potential investments for environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities; climate risk assessments (including a PE specific climate risk tool); SDG impact assessments; provision of Responsible Investment training and facilitation of ESG forums and workshops to M&A Today – PwCchallenges; UK LLP –due PLEASE INSER share good practice and common ESG diligence pre-acquisition; portfolio company ESG reviews, EXAMPLE: Global Sustainability Private Equ monitoring and improvement programmes and reporting during the hold period, and; Vendor Due Diligence and IPO readiness exercises prior to exit.

Contact details Phil Case Director PwC Sustainability & Climate Change t: +44 (0) 7843 367988 e: philip.v.case@pwc.com w: www.pwc.co.uk/sustainability

A number of PE Houses now use our company-specific ESG reviews as part of the fund-raising process to demonstrate to potential investors that their expectations around investing responsibly will be met. Our ESG reviews at a portfolio level are also used to communicate to investors that this

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Best Bridal Boutique

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Samantha K’s Bridal maintains that experience is everything. Every bride that enters our store is important and deserves the utmost service and care. When shopping with us, we listen to our brides and engage with their wishes and dress desires to find them a style and silhouette which mirrors what they’re looking for. Even if a bride does not purchase from us, our consultant will offer them advice regarding what flatters their figure and fits within their wedding day and personality. Samantha maintains to all staff that perfect service outweighs pushed sales. At Samantha K’s Bridal we would rather offer you a memorable and positive service which helps you find your gown, even if it happens to be with another retailer. The overall goal for all, is to find a brides dream dress, if Samantha K’s bridal can be a positive influence in any sense, either with your gown or a great shopping experience, then we have achieved our goal. Samantha began her venture into bridalwear three and a half years ago after much deliberation and encouragement. At the time, it was a completely new concept for her, but unfazed and determined as ever; Samantha wished to offer the best customer service and selection of gowns possible for brides to be. Never, did Samantha envisage the success and support she has received upon beginning her transformation from ‘Samantha K’s Occasionwear’ into ‘Samantha K’s Bridal and Occasionwear’. With dedication and customer satisfaction on the forefront of her mind; along with her keen eye for the

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latest trends and classic sophistication. It was safe to say, Samantha truly found her calling; offering both stock and a retailer experience to treasure for customers. Soon, the demand for consultations became so large, that Samantha decided to pass her flair and experience onto her valuable team. Always, stipulating that experience at Samantha K’s Bridal is everything above all else. As experience is everything at Samantha K’s Bridal, we treat the client’s first visit to us as important as their last. Every appointment scheduled in the store, be it a try on, purchase or fitting is a memory for the customer that should be treasured and fondly recalled. Helping our brides to be is a privilege, in whatever way. Samantha and team wish to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere in store that make every visit to us, better than the last. Samantha has always gone above and beyond for brides, by giving them her expertise and thoughtfulness. However, and most importantly she will add, the greatest thing you can give a client is time. Listen to your consumer and make sure that they feel as special as possible in every aspect of their experience at Samantha K’s Bridal.

Address: 120 Iscoed Rd, Pontarddulais Hendy, Swansea. SA4 0UN Tel: 01792 886863 Email: info@samanthaks.co.uk Web: www.samanthaks.co.uk

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Best UK Mid-Market Public M&A Adviser 2020

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Founded in 1993, Strand Hanson is one of London’s foremost, long standing, independent, advisory boutiques, and is a leading adviser to companies in both developed, and emerging, markets.

This expertise means that Strand Hanson is also ideally positioned to undertake defences against such bidders/ activists, whether such defence takes place in the public arena, or, as is increasingly common, is dealt with in private.

Headquartered in London and with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Guyana, Strand Hanson’s operations are supported by a global network of advisers and consultants across Africa, South East Asia, South America and the Middle East, thereby providing its clients with local contacts who both understand their regional markets and have global capital market expertise.

Stuart Faulkner, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions comments: “We are proud to win this award for Best Mid-Market Public M&A Adviser 2020, which reflects our innovation and problem-solving approach to M&A advisory, exemplified by our lead role, alongside BakerMcKenzie and Herbert Smith, on the unprecedented Japanese all-paper offer for The Prospect Japan Fund Limited.

Strand Hanson is entirely management owned, affording it significant flexibility in its approach and business model and enabling the provision of genuinely impartial, independent advice.

Our experience extends far beyond the UK & Irish Code arenas, with the team well versed in the takeover laws and requirements of many jurisdictions, including, inter alia, Singapore, Cayman Islands, BVI and the Bahamas.

The firm’s ethos is summarised by The Lord St John of Bletso, Strand Hanson’s Chairman: “Strand Hanson forges long-lasting relationships of trust with its clients, partnering with them to identify and capitalise on opportunities, and address any challenges that may arise. Our business is wholly management owned and controlled, engendering significant flexibility and speed of response to our business model.”

“Since the Covid-19 crisis has intensified and escalated, we have been engaged as financial adviser to several new public M&A transactions and are in discussions with a number of parties with regard to M&A - both offerors and potential targets - illustrating that M&A transactions (and defence against hostile offerors) are still very much in contemplation, particularly for private equity buyers.”

Strand Hanson offers a full range of corporate finance services, with M&A advice being a core focus of its business model. The firm’s M&A team is one of the most active advisers in the UK and Irish, small to mid-cap, public M&A market, having completed over 20 UK/Irish Takeover Code transactions / advisory mandates, over the course of the last five years, including the first offer under the 2018 revision of the UK Code Rules, the first ever all Japanese equity offer for a UK Code company and a takeover of an Irish Code company, utilising an offer at a c.90% discount to the then prevailing equity value.

In addition to M&A, Strand Hanson advises businesses from all sectors and jurisdictions on flotations in London, whether on AIM, the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange or NEX. Our independent advice includes structuring and valuation work, alongside IPO execution and management and we offer in-depth strategic advice in relation to fundraisings, restructuring/refinancing, activist shareholder action and corporate governance.

Simon Raggett, Chief Executive, adds: “M&A advice is fundamental to how we view ourselves as a firm. As a dedicated, independent corporate finance boutique, our M&A expertise, alongside our strong ECM reputation in the smallmid cap market, allows us to provide truly client-focused and independent, long term advice, which we consider sets us apart from many of our peers.” Strand Hanson has significant experience in M&A transactions with high levels of complexity, utilising its senior team’s collective M&A experience of more than 90 years and its strong relationships with the relevant regulators, whether that be the UK Panel, Irish Panel or the London Stock Exchange, and major market participants, including asset managers, activist shareholders and hedge funds. As a firm, Strand Hanson is equally at home acting for bidder, target or major shareholder and possesses particular expertise in acting for hostile offerors and activist shareholders, looking to effect strategic direction at investee companies, through Board changes and/or media and investor campaigns.

Strand Hanson is one of AIM’s leading nominated advisers, with approximately 50 retained clients across a range of sectors, and is also the number one adviser to both Oil & Gas companies and businesses based in Africa. In addition, Strand Ventures, the firm’s private fundraising arm, provides high level fundraising advice and introduces funding and strategic partners to a range of corporates and asset owners, ranging from early stage to larger, more mature enterprises.

The Lord St John of Bletso, Chairman anthonystjohn@strandhanson.co.uk Simon Raggett, Chief Executive simonraggett@strandhanson.co.uk Stuart Faulkner, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions stuartfaulkner@strandhanson.co.uk Strand Hanson Limited T: +44 (0) 20 7409 3494 W: www.strandhanson.co.uk

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Globe POS Systems Inc Ph.D. DESIGN RLChambers SA Capital Partners Select Services Films Inc. Tigermark ToPo®

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Best POS Technology Provider 2020 - Ontario Thomas and Eva Rolfe Cottage Lake Manitouwabing Township of McKellar , Ontario, Canada Best in Energy Regulation Law - Canada CEO & President of the Year - Mazhar Pawar - SA Capital Partners, LLC - USA Best Woman-Owned Film & TV Production Company - California TIGERMARK - Innovative Insurance Product of the Year - USA (Assurely) Bottle-Top Designer of the Year - 2020 - sToPollution™ (ToPo®)

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Best POS Technology Provider 2020 - Ontario

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Recently, some major grocery store chains have advertised with large banners placed at the front of the store, “All Lanes Open”. The purpose is to give customers an expectation before they enter the store that they will be able to pay for their goods quickly, when they are ready to do so. Further, the reason they need to do this is because consumers are becoming weary of long wait times to pay for their goods. With the advent of self-check-out lanes, customers who are comfortable with the technology, in many cases, prefer self-check-out over a human. All of this payment activity is based around the need and expectation that the payment part of the purchasing process, will be the quickest part. Cell phones help to keep some customers pacified while they wait in line, however generally speaking, customers expect to check-out, either way, easily and quickly. Now that autonomous check-out and frictionless shopping have become trends, consumers are expecting close to zero wait times to pay for their purchases. The check-out process in the mainstream generally involves customers paying for their goods at a POS (Point of Sale) system. Depending on the size of the store and the frequency of purchasing, stores will have multiple POS lanes to check-out customers quickly when they’re busy. Items are scanned or entered manually, payment is arranged, receipts are printed, and the goods are bagged. This would be a typical mainstream check-out process for most retailers. Longer than necessary scan times, difficulty in finding manual buttons, and slow printing and payment, all contribute to longer check-out times. Technology plays a large role in satisfying customer expectations. Consumers today have acceptable wait times that are much less than what was previously acceptable. Interruption in the consistent operability of the POS system will inevitably create low customer satisfaction scores. Creating a consistent and reliable POS system environment involves several key factors including the grade of the computer hardware, the reliability of the software and the availability of quick and efficient support when required. Add networking and the POS becomes a technology eco-system. An inefficient commerce system is one where the computer hardware is older than 5-10 years, the software is not running on the latest version and legacy payment integration is slow and troublesome. These and other ‘system’ inefficiencies can have a dramatic effect on customer satisfaction and therefore sales and loyal customers. Globe POS has been busy upgrading older systems to the newest processors and the latest software

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versions. Microsoft Windows, an operating system which is used in more than half of all retail locations, recently announced discontinuing updates and support for Windows 7. Changing parts of a legacy system has been the most popular form up replacing POS components. Printers generally have a longer life span than the POS terminal and some cash drawers can last more than 30 years. However changing “parts” of a system doesn’t always work. “We are constantly getting calls about retailers who discover that their POS systems are not as efficient as they were 10 years ago”, says Paul Leduc, President of Globe POS Systems. If you think of some of the advances in computer processing speeds over the past 10 years, it’s easy to see why faster and more reliable systems will help retailers reduce the check-out process and increase customer satisfaction. The lifetime value of a good customer is exponentially better than the cost of upgrading a POS system to have it scanning, printing and paying faster, to increase the overall throughput of the check-out process. Constant re-booting, unplanned Windows updates, driver issues, networking issues and a host of other technological problems cause some retailers to lose customers due to long wait times. In an article entitled, 10 Factors That Affect Customer Satisfaction, the National Business Research Institute states that, “Technology means more than a fancy website. In order to satisfy customers, companies have to keep up with the latest technological advances or suffer the consequences. Change is never easy, but business as usual isn’t a viable alternative. Technology can help small and mid-size companies look like big companies by improving the quality of the purchasing experience without adding staff to the payroll.” Many retailers consider their POS system to be a capital expense, with a one-time purchase that will last years, until something stops working and the system requires replacement. Smart retailers look at their POS system as an operational expense and as such allocate a certain part of their operational budget to keeping their systems relevant, using the latest technology to contribute to a quicker and more seamless shopping experience. Technology can contribute to increasing customer satisfaction. And when customers are checked out quickly and efficiently, retailers will no longer need to advertise, “All lanes open”. Falling behind technology upgrades and affecting customer satisfaction in a negative way, unfortunately can lead to all lanes being closed.

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Global Award for Cottage Architectural Design 2020

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Thomas and Eva Rolfe Cottage Lake Manitouwabing Township of McKellar, Ontario, Canada Ph.D. Design is a full-service, design-oriented firm committed to creating distinctive residences by bridging traditional sensibilities with contemporary needs and modern technologies. Our clients become members of the design team, communicating their needs, values and desires. We provide sensible design solutions where a focus on function drives the creation of comfortable and practical homes, be it a new residence, an addition, a renovation, or a restoration. Along with a specialization in residential design, Ph.D. Design also has extensive experience in commercial design, from face-lifting commercial buildings, storefronts, malls and apartment buildings to interior design. Technically, Ph.D. Design moves with each project from start to finish. Working closely with engineers and builders, Ph.D. Design ensures that appropriate structural systems, building materials, construction, and HVAC technologies are utilized. Ph.D. Design teams up with seasoned builders, suppliers, and millwork specialists, ensuring that each element of a project is looked after by a specialized professional. From the initial consultation to the end of construction, Ph.D. Design ensures that the client’s experience is memorably enriching. CONCEPTS Ph.D. Design takes great pride in every home we design. We are committed to the design, construction and

operation of high performance homes that use mature energy-saving systems and elements of green design. Our reputation for intelligent design, attention to detail, as well as outstanding quality and service has won us praise from our clients as well as international awards. SERVICES • Architectural Design | Feasibility study, Concept design, Working drawings • Interior Design • Structural Concept • Project Management • Building Permits | Negotiations with city officials • Committee of Adjustments | Site plan approvals • Consultation | Choosing most suitable building contractors for the job • Site Supervision • Construction Management • Building Materials | Supplier recommendations • Budget Design & Consultation

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Best in Energy Regulation Law

Rosa is an energy regulatory lawyer and the Legal Services and Business Director at Regulatory Law Chambers (RLC). RLC is a Calgary based boutique law firm, specializing in energy and utility regulated matters. Rosa completed the University of Queen’s EMBA program, graduating in May 2018. With an EMBA, close to 20 years of experience in the energy regulatory industry, and 12 years’ experience as a business owner, Rosa brings a unique business focus to all of the legal matters she works on. Rosa cares about achieving her clients’ business goals and uses that to guide legal strategy development and execution.

requirement and phase 2 cost allocation in the context of pipelines, electric utilities and water utilities.

Rosa grew up in South Africa and was admitted to the South African Bar in 1997 starting her legal career as defence counsel in the South African criminal courts. Rosa moved to Calgary in 1999 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2000. Since 2001, Rosa has exclusively practiced law in the energy industry, first as commercial oil and gas litigation counsel, and then specializing as an energy regulatory lawyer in oil, gas, electricity and water utility matters. In addition to Rosa’s regulatory hearing experience, Rosa has acted as counsel in contested court applications, trials, appeals and Supreme Court of Canada matters, including being counsel on leading upstream oil and gas issues.

RLC represents clients before the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Canada Energy Regulator, the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the Courts and in arbitrations and mediations.

Rosa co-founded RLC in 2008. RLC follows a client first, team approach. RLC values preparation, timeliness, feedback, fun, work ethic and success. RLC team members work at understanding clients’ business objectives and develop legal and business strategies as part of client teams. RLC has expertise in: Tolls and tariffs matters including phase 1 revenue

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Facilities matters related to obtaining regulatory approvals for electric, and oil and gas related facilities, including pipelines, processing facilities, well licences, holding applications, industrial system designations and power plants. Legal matters related to fracturing activities, including seismicity and cross-flow matters, regulatory enforcement and environmental compliance. Market matters related to electricity market rule development, including capacity market related matters. Commercial arrangements related to disposition of regulated assets, power purchase agreements, royalty agreements and natural gas liquids matters. For a complete list of RLC’s clients and representative work, please see their website.

RLC prepares the Energy Regulatory Report and Blog, a monthly newsletter summarizing matters under the jurisdiction of the Alberta Energy Regulatory, the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Canada Energy Regulator and proceedings resulting from these regulators’ decisions. For more information on RLC and Rosa Twyman and to subscribe to the Energy Regulatory Report and Blog, please visit: www.RegulatoryLawChambers.ca. Contact details Company: Regulatory Law Chambers Address: #601, 888 - 4 Avenue SW Calgary, AB T2P 0V2 Tel: 403-710-0905 Email: Rosa.Twyman@RLChambers.ca Web: www.RegulatoryLawChambers.ca

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CEO & President of the Year - Mazhar Pawar - SA Capital Partners, LLC

SA Capital Partners is an innovative financial services firm that specializes in mergers & acquisitions advisory and capital raising for lower middle market businesses. They aspire to give all the tools necessary to complete any transaction. SA Capital Partner’s financial services industry specialists provide comprehensive, integrated solutions to banking transactions. Their breadth of services and industry knowledge allow them to understand each client’s unique business needs. Their goal is to make all financial services available to every small business. Many small businesses do not have the ability to pay large fees to investment banks. At SA Capital Partners they care about their clients, that’s why they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Their professionals are experienced in most transactions. Their packages will make it simple to complete any transaction. They have partnered with 100’s of Private Equity Groups, Venture Capital Groups, Family Offices, investment Banks, and other Lenders to help give small business owners the introduction needed to complete any transaction. SA Capital Partners help give business owners specialized attention and advice when considering any transaction. Contact Details SA CAPITAL PARTNERS Company: 315 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor Address: New York, NY 10017 77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4500 Chicago, IL 60601 212.235.2761 Tel: 212.235.2758 Fax: www.sacapitalpartnersllc.com Web:

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Best Woman-Owned Film & TV Production Company

INTERVIEW WITH: Susan Johnston Founder/Director New Media Film Festival® Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m constantly growing, learning, engaging, exploring humanity. By honoring stories worth telling via New Media (an infinite catalyst for story & technology) I’ve seen firsthand how it is empowering, soul enriching, career advancing and relationship building, story and its implementation thereof helps us all. Tell us a bit about your all-time favourite movie(s). Willy Wonka, the Gene Wilder version, Mahogany, Cinema Paradiso they each immerse me in a journey, texture, thought. What is the story behind your festival? The economic crisis in 2008, I witnessed many people leave Los Angeles, lose their homes and jobs (a lot went to Atlanta). I went to sleep asking myself how can I use all of my experiences to date (I’ve been in the business since a kid) and help, I woke up with a blueprint for the festival. What makes your festival unique? The story/content speaks for itself regardless if you are a first time filmmaker or a major award winner. We press play, no politics, period. If I am associated with a film, it can’t be in competition and If I know someone associated with a submission, I can’t judge it or put my two cents in. Same for the judges. In addition, we offer opportunities outside of the festival just for submitting.

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What obstacles did you have to overcome? Oh, I’m still overcoming them as we are constantly evolving. I’ll quote Yoda – “There is no try, do.” We do, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t and I find that fascinating because we are stepping into the unknown, it is discovery, implementation and adjustment. In the beginning I was bypassing systems online as software wasn’t created for what we wanted to do. Things are a bit easier in that regard but new challenges always show themselves. What kind of films/audiovisual content are you looking for? I​’ll share an experience of a review/judging session. I’ve witnessed many times reviewers and judges all watching the same content at the same time, they are all different ages and from all different cultures, and it is clear when content moves people in unison and it is beautiful to experience. One of the things I’m really proud of is when Charlotte Huggins (Producer, Journey to the Center of the Earth) said to me that she experiences a lot of programming and she said we had the best programming! What makes you turn down a film? We don’t turn down films, even if you are not accepted into the festival, you are accessible for all opportunities. Example, Jackson Wild and United Nations were seeking films about elephants, so we searched elephant and contacted those filmmakers to offer them that opportunity. Do you have any tips for filmmakers/content creators? Business acumen. Venue address: The Landmark 10850 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064

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TIGERMARK - Innovative Insurance Product of the Year (Assurely)

ssurely is a unique Insurtech that creates and distributes insurance products for changing industries. Assurely is first targeting the changes in how companies raise capital by providing a new level of confidence for the issuance of securities be they traditional or digital. The company was co-founded by two established entrepreneurs, CEO David Carpentier and Chief Insurance Officer Ty Sagalow – Founding Member of the unicorn startup, Lemonade. “We are bringing a data-first approach to helping companies understand insurance,” says David Carpentier, CEO, Assurely. “We have a unique ability to create or adapt insurance products for new and changing industries. Whether it’s a new digital marketplace, an industry that has a tough time getting insurance, or simply a customer that is fed up with outdated insurance products and processes that are no longer fit for purpose, we bring a more appropriate product and an easier way to “buy” that product. We are creating solutions for those people and companies who move the world forward.” The company’s first product, TigerMark, is an insurance policy that benefits both companies raising capital and their investors. Issuers get the necessary protection from covered investor complaints and legal attacks while investors will have the ability to leverage the company’s innovative claims process in pursuit of due process. Carpentier says, “TigerMark combines the ease of use when raising money with the trust, safety, and confidence that healthy marketplaces and industries need to thrive.” With new routes to funding companies via the web on the rise, Assurely finds itself well placed to help advance an industry on the cusp of exponential growth. Several crowdfunding research reports predict that the crowdfunding industry will grow to over $300 billion by 2025. This follows a larger trend of consumers and the financial services industry increasingly using technology and the internet. Bankrate states that 63% of smartphone users have at least one financial app and the FinTech industry as a whole is growing annually at nearly 25%. Carpentier adds, “Today, and more in the future, with just a few quick taps on the phone, technology is making it possible for individuals to invest in new companies instantly. The evolution of investing provides significant benefits for investors, companies, and the economy as a whole, but it is not without significant risks.”

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personally liable against any investor complaints. The larger the investor pool, the greater the chance of complaints and even lawsuits.” According to Sagalow, established companies solve for this with insurance, but traditional insurance doesn’t protect against this risk in crowdfunding. “Current insurance models cannot properly support the changes that are happening around us,” says Sagalow. Sagalow explains that throughout history, the insurance industry has been frequently called upon to play a marketleading role. In 1974 when Congress created the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly known as ERISA, it created ERISA Fiduciaries with new legal responsibility toward pension plan beneficiaries. The insurance industry immediately stepped in to educate employers about these new fiduciary positions and provided suitable insurance should ERISA fiduciaries make errors in the performance of their functions. The most notable example is the creation of the internet. The insurance industry stepped in when this life-changing technology created a seismic shift in the economic structure of society. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the web transformed into an increasingly common tool for communication and commerce. The insurance industry responded with cyber insurance, forever making it a partner in the management of denial of service attacks and theft of personally identifiable information (such as credit cards). Insurance played a key role in the widespread adoption of the internet. The role of the insurance industry is to combine technology and reasonable regulation with risk transfer products to help society better manage new risks. On the topic of crowdfunding, Sagalow adds, “The need is pressing. The insurance industry needs to play its role to evaluate such risks, educate the population on how best to manage the risks and create risk transfer products to rationally transfer the risk of buying and selling [these] securities. Assurely is answering the call.” Assurely opened its doors in March 2019, on-boarded its first customers in July 2019 and is a registered MGA through AXA XL.

The first risk is that it doesn’t work, explains Carpentier. Entrepreneurs spend the time, money and effort, and for whatever reason, the campaign is not successful. The good news is that crowdfunding portals can help solve for this risk as does adding the trusted symbol of TigerMark to an offering. The second is the unintended risk of adding a large number of investors to capital raising campaigns. “Unbeknownst to many, a larger number of investors unintentionally bring higher risks to a business,” adds Ty Sagalow, Chief Insurance Officer at Assurely. “Business owners, partners, and current or potential board members are

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Bottle-Top Designer of the Year - 2020 - sToPollution™ (ToPo®)

sToPollution® carries in it’s Pouch - ToPo® – to help in the increasingly desperate war against Plastic Waste and Environmental damage to our Planet and our Health”. Last week the EU Parliament voted to ban “Single Use” Plastic across the board to stop the unending stream of plastic pollution making its way into the Oceans. 70% of Maritime litter consists of “Single Use” plastic. MEPs voted 571 to 53 in enforcing the ban by the end of 2021. This, at last, shows the absolute necessity of finding ways and means to find answers to the problems of plastic pollution. In most cases “Necessity is the Mother of All Invention” so wrote Plato thousands of years ago. In that case ToPo® is indeed proud to be considered as a Child, for it was created and Designed to help the Plastic, Beverage and Fast Food Industries to do a 360 degree “U-Turn” on the plastic screw top currently in use and stop it from being a “Single Use” discarded item into a much loved, sought after and collected Toy with limitless and boundless opportunities of use. It is quite difficult to imagine a Bottle Top becoming, amongst so many other things, a complete Chess Board and Set but with ToPo® that is exactly what can happen! Either 3D to 2D constructions can be made and because of Digit printing on the “ToPo® surface, from Spelling games to Numerical challenges, from Mosaics to Tiled pictures can be created, from Wall Hangings to Message Boards – it is limited only by the imagination as to what can be achieved.

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magnificent vistas! This opens up a really exciting opportunity for National Competitions, notably for schools, for Awards (Possibly The “GREEN CAP” Trophy?) to be given for the best Creations made with ToPo®s, in a variety of categories, sponsored by Corporations in the Plastic/Beverage/Food Industries. This would be a way of showing the concerns the Industries share in the battle to save the Environment in a really practical way. Needless to say the advantageous Publicity to all involved would be immeasurable but most of all the Environment itself.” On top of that winning formula ToPo® also gives direct financial benefits. Firstly in increasing Global sales by demand for any Beverage that “wears the ToPo® Cap”, from Water through the whole Gambit of Soft Drinks to Dairy products and stopping who knows where? By business acumen Increased sales should lead to increased profits. Could, however, the very Intrinsic value that ToPo® contains as a recyclable item, no longer discarded Globally in the Trillions, but now recycled with a value of Millions in Monetary terms which could be to the benefit of Charities, preferably perhaps to Children’s causes. Children helping Children less fortunate than themselves. At the same time as collecting ToPo®s awareness is very much placed on the container Host and that it should be placed into the appropriate recycling Bin. sToPollution® is very much the “Name of the Game” with ToPo in it’s Pouch; but there is also very much more “Drink For Thought”

So from being a dreaded Pollution Hazard, with a single Design twist, the Plastic and Beverage Industries, between them, have created an item, once reviled and feared as a “Single Use” plastic closure, into becoming a beneficial useful and potential Icon of their separate Industries. The Branding opportunities alone open up a variety of

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Moneta Markets Moneta Markets – One to Watch for 2020 The recent launch of FX and CFD broker, Moneta Markets has already seen the broker claim the title of “2020’s Most Advanced Web-Based CFD Trading Platform”. So, let’s take a deeper look at the new broker in town. What’s the story? Moneta Markets has been constructed from scratch to offer traders and investors around the world the ultimate trading platform for simple, yet powerful market access. Their WebTrader platform was designed not only with versatility and accessibility in mind to provide, bit pipperfect precision and unmatched stability.

Trade a range of markets all in one place Through the Moneta Markets WebTrader, clients can access a huge range of tradable instruments, including FX pairs, Index CFDs, Commodities, and 200+ Share CFDs in companies that are listed on exchanges across the globe. Accessing your trading account With simplicity in mind, clients can access their trading accounts through either the WebTrader for PC and Mac, or AppTrader for Android and iOS devices, so regardless of where you are in the world, you can enjoy easy market access. Precision Trading Featuring a suite of technical indicators and drawing tools

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for technical analysis, the platform also features easy order placement and modification. How to open a trading account with Moneta Markets The beauty of the Moneta Markets WebTrader platform, is that it is a true all-in-one trading platform. Clients can open an account from within the platform itself, and with ID3 verification capabilities, clients can be trading live in just a few minutes. When it comes to depositing and withdrawing funds, again, all this is handled within the trading platform. Opening a demo account with Moneta Markets will take just a few seconds, with only your name and email address required. And, setting up a live trading account with Moneta Markets is also quick and easy. All you have to do is click here, complete the form, and you can open an account in less than 5 minutes. You’ll need to provide: Your name Contact details Identification Details of your deposit method. Find out more at monetamarkets.com

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OCEANIA Best Criminal Law Firm 2020

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Sydney Criminal Lawyers is a team of experienced criminal and traffic defence lawyers who work together to ensure you achieve the best possible result in your case. We offer a Senior Lawyer Guarantee, which means you are assured of representation in court by a specialist lawyer with years of defence experience. If you are going to court, we offer a free first conference and affordable fixed fees for most cases.

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Our firm is spearheaded by Accredited Specialist Criminal Lawyers, and we available to contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our legal helpline.

Museum Towers 507/267 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000 www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au +612 92618881 info@sydneycriminallawyers.com.au www.facebook.com/ sydneycriminallawyers/ www.instagram.com/ sydneycriminallawyers/

Financial Trading Services Provider of the Year

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Vantage FX Who is Vantage FX? Vantage FX is an CFD and FX broker that provides fast and easy access to global markets through top-tier liquidity providers. Established in 2009, Vantage FX offer ultra-fast trade execution and spreads from 0.0 pips. Why Choose Vantage FX? Transparency Regulated in three jurisdictions, Vantage FX emphasize a commitment to providing a completely transparent trading environment, including full segregation of client funds with the National Australia Bank (NAB).

Range of Instruments Vantage FX also offer an impressive range of tradable instruments. With more than 250 tradable instruments ranging from FX, Indices, Commodities, and a range of Share CFDs from Europe, the UK, US and Hong Kong. Account Types Vantage FX offer three different types of trading accounts: The Standard STP account, RAW ECN account, and PRO ECN. The Standard STP account offer STP execution, tight spreads and a low minimum deposit of $200, while the RAW ECN and PRO ECN accounts are for more active traders with larger balances and the feature spreads as low as zero and some of the lowest trade commissions in the industry.

Leverage Options Vantage FX clients can trade FX with leverage up to 500:1, which means that clients can start trading with a smaller account balance. Vantage FX Share CFDs are tradable at 20:1, while commodities and indices start at 20:1 and go up to 500:1. Fast and Easy Deposits and Withdrawals Vantage FX offers a large number of deposit methods: Credit/Debit Card, Bank Transfer, Skrill/Moneybookers, Neteller, Broker to Broker, Union Pay, FasaPay, Mobile Pay and also Bitcoin. Withdrawals are just as easy, once you’ve provided your proof of address withdrawals are usually processed on the same day as you submit your request. Plus, there are no fees charged by Vantage FX for both deposits and withdrawals. Award-winning Customer Support Vantage FX has one multiple awards for their 24/5 multilingual live customer support. How to open a trading account with Vantage FX Opening a live trading account with Vantage FX is quick and easy. All you have to do is click here, complete the form, and you can open an account in less than 5 minutes. www.vantagefx.com

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Most Accommodating Hotel 2020 - Accra, Ghana 10 Intellectual Property - Law Firm of the Year - Uganda Best Strategic Technical Partnership Firm of the Year - Nigeria Pedro Viudez - Enterprise Outsourcing Limited - Best CEO of the Year - South Africa Best Bespoke Ethiopian Holiday Company - 2020 - Exclusive Ethiopia Leading Cross Borders Debt Recovery Lawyer of the Year - 2020 - Emmanuel Ekpenyong, Fred-Young & Evans LP - Nigeria Firm of the Year - Africa Luxury Hotel of the Year - 2020 - Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch - Egypt Intellectual Property Law Lawyer of the Year - 2020 - Richard Henry 11 Pasipanodya, Legacy IP Chambers - Zimbabwe Best IT Business Integration Company of the Year - South Africa Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year - South Africa

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Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year - 2020 - Archeus Law - India Best Customs & Trade Tax Law Firm – 2020 – India MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Mergers and Acquisitions Firm of the Year 2020 – Taiwan 14 Industry Choice - Corporate Law Firm of the Year- Qatar Best Innovative Law Firm of the Year – Qatar Design Confidence Consultancy Best International Fire & Life Safety Consultancy 2020 - UAE Dimara International Most Influential Woman Hospitality Equipment & Supplies 2020 & Hospitality Bed & Linen Manufacturer of the Year 2020 - UAE DIME & EVIOTA Law Firm (DLDTE Law) Litigation Law Firm of the Year - 2020 - Dime & Eviota Law Firm - Philippines DivinaLaw Most Outstanding Independent Law Firm - Philippines Dwex Dewatering Experts Best Dewatering Services Provider - 2020 - Dwex Dewatering Experts - Dubai, UAE Dwex Technical Services LLC Best Dewatering Services Provider - 2020 - Dwex Dewatering Experts - Dubai, UAE Fairdeal International Best Ship Suppliers 2020 & Award for Best Supply Services - India Fashion Arabia Best Boutique Women’s Fashion Designer - 2020 Abeer Al Suwaidi - Dubai, UAE Grant Thornton LLC Best Tax & Legal Advisory – Europe & Award for Excellence in Tax Compliance Areen Jayousi Commercial Arbitration Expert of the Year – UAE ICICI Venture Best Private Equity Company 2020 - India & Most Innovative in Exit Stategy Execution Julius & Creasy Anomi Wanigasekera - Julius & Creasy - Best Partner of the Year - Sri Lanka Just us & Otto Marketing Services W.L.L. Best Brand Marketing Agency – Middle East Law Office of Ramni Taneja Best Law Civil Litigator & Excellence in Corporate Law Disputes of 16 the Year - India Loeb & Loeb LLP IPO Transactions Law Firm of the Year - 2020 - Loeb & Loeb LLP Hong Kong Paz Itzhaki-Weinberger Law Firm Law Firm of the Year - Business Law - Israel Qui Prior Law Associates Client Choice - Food & Beverage Law Firm of the Year - India SETOUCHI AONAGI World Luxury Hotel of the Year - 2020 - SETOUCHI AONAGI Setouchi, Japan

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ABR Solicitors Acxit Capital Partners Adrian Ashton AG ADVOCATES (Anna Grigorieva & Co LLC) Akupunktur im Zentrum - Dr. Tan Alice Poole Architects

Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year - United Kingdom Best Public Law Firm - 2020 - AAMM - Abecasis, Moura Marques & Associados - Portugal Aviation Law Firm of the Year - Portugal Leading Administrative Law Adviser of the Year - 2020 - Paulo de Moura Marques, AAMM (Abecasis, Moura Marques e Associados) - Portugal Criminal Defence Law Firm of the Year & Fraud Law Firm of the Year - UK Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year & Best Healthcare Financial Advisor - Germany Adrian Ashton - Adrian Ashton - Best Freelance Enterprise Consultant of the Year - UK Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Cyprus

Pain Elimination and Global Doctor Training Center of the Year 2020 Best Listed Building & Conservation Architecture Firm - South of England Best Full-Service Architecture Practice - South of England Alpine Travel Best for Family Active Holidays 2020 - Greece ARTEMIS Advisory Services GmbH Corporate Finance Firm of the Year - Germany ASPWIFI SL TBC Avgvsto Gelateria Best Ice Cream Parlour - Milan, Italy Biolingus Best European Biotechnology Company 2020 - Switzerland Birtenshaw Europe CEO of the Year - 2020 - David Reid, Birtenshaw - UK Brand You Development & Coaching LTD Best Digital Marketing Agency - 2020 - Brand You Development & Coaching Limited - ROI / Award for Innovation in Branding & Design - 2020 - Brand You Development & Coaching Limited - ROI Brands with Influence Best Branding Agency of the Year - UK Broadreach Nature + Leading Providers of Dog Health & Wellness Products - 2020 - Broadreach Nature Ltd - UK Natural Pet Care Product of the Year - 2020 - Broadreach Nature Ltd: Fibiotic-Pro (Probiotic Daily Fibre Care) - UK Broadway Dental Boutique Dental Practice of the Year 2020 - West Sussex, UK Cabinet BORNHAUSER Litigation & Taxation Adviser of the Year - 2020 - Marc Bornhauser, Bornhauser Avocats - France Cavendish Asset Management Limited Best UK Alternative Equity Fund (5 Years): TM Cavendish AIM Fund & Fund Manager of the Year – UK Central Hotel Donegal Best 3 Star Hotel - 2020 - Central Hotel Donegal - County Donegal, ROI Ceuta Group Edwin Bessant - The Ceuta Group of Companies - CEO of the Year United Kingdom Collins McHugh Best CSR Consultancy - UK Commfire Ltd Best Fire Protection & Maintenance Company - 2020 - Commfire Ltd South East England Davenport Safety Services Limited Best Scaffold Inspection Company - 2020 - Davenport Safety Services Ltd. – South East, UK DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI A.A.R.P.I LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (PRIVATE EQUITY) – FRANCE DERMALOG Identification Best Biometric Products & Solutions Provider 2020 - Global Systems GmbH Dr. K. Olsen Global Tax Leading Anti-Corruption Law & Tax Advisory Firm of the Year - Norway Dr. Nader Khandanpour, Neuroradiology Expert Witness of the Year - 2020 - Dr. Nader Khandanpour, MD, PhD, FRCR, EDINR MD, PhD, FRCR, EDINR - UK Easy Avenues Ltd Best Bespoke Corporate Travel Company 2020 - UK ECR Retail Systems Best In-Flight POS Software - 2020 - AirPoS, ECR Retail Systems - UK EMC Management Consultants Ltd Corporate Finance Firm of the Year in the United Kingdom

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Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic 31 JUDR Richard Gurlich - Gurlich & Co - Best Senior Lawyer of the Year Czech Republic Best Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic Corporate Law Firm of the Year & Real Estate Law Firm of the Year - Czech Republic IT Lawyer of the Year - Czech Republic Esquivel Advogados Projects Law Firm of the Year in Portugal European Payment Solutions B.V. Best Prepaid Financial Products Provider - 2020 - European Payment Europe Solutions B.V. - Europe Exceedra Leading Integrated Business Planning Software Providers of the Year - 2020 Exceedra - UK Ferretti Firm M&A Law Firm of the Year - Italy First Aid Associates Best First Aid Training Provider 2020 - Cumbria, UK 36 FLEMING MCGILLIVRAY & Co Compliance Consulting Firm of the Year - UK FlyingBinary Ltd Most Influential Woman in Web Science Research - 2020 - Dr Jacqui Taylor, FlyingBinary Ltd - UK Fogwill & Jones Asset Best Asset Management Company and Excellence Award for Retirement Management Limited Planning Services - Yorkshire, England Fur Indoors Ltd Best Canine Care Centre - 2020 - Fur Indoors Ltd - South Wales Goldblum and Partners LLP xxxxx Graphology Solutions Group Best Graphology & Coaching Consultancy 2020 - Europe 37 Grupo Platinum Estates - Inmobiliaria Most Trusted Real Estate Agency 2020 & Award for Excellence in Property 39 San Juan de Los Terreros Finance Solutions 2020 - South East Spain Hendon Golf Club Hendon Golf Club - Golf Club of the Year 2020 - London, UK Hestia Group Best IT Managed Services Provider - 2020 - Hestia Group - Belgium 40 Hunter Global Business HR Compliance MD of the Year - 2020 - Joanne Ferguson, Hunter Global 41 Solutions Limited Business Solutions Ltd - UK Infinity Partnership Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year - Scotland Installation Services Group Ltd Bathroom Installation Specialists of the Year 2020 - Cheshire, UK InTraCoM GmbH Patent Valuation Service Provider of the Year - Germany JB Commercial Finance Best Independent Commercial Finance Brokerage - 2020 - JB Commercial Finance - UK JM Finn Wealth Management Firm of the Year - 2020 - JM Finn - England & Wales John Harrison and Company Accounting Firm of the Year - UK JTE JETTECENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES LEADERS IN SEPTIC TANK INSTALLATIONS/ SEPTIC TANK WASTE REMOVAL KBC Group NV Europe CEO of the Year - 2020 - Johan Thijs, KBC Bank - Belgium KBS Corporate Sales Limited Best Company Sales Services Firm of the Year - UK KDM Communications Best Full-Service Life Sciences B2B Marketing Agency 2020 - UK KIN+CARTA Strategic Advisory Firm of the Year - United Kingdom 42 KPMG M&A Transactions Adviser of the Year - Croatia Komsol Group Best Professional Waterproofing Specialists - 2020 - Komsol Group - Europe 44 Lamont Pridmore Business Accounting Firm of the Year - England Leni’s Model Management Best Modelling School 2020 & Healthy Body Image Advocacy of the Year 45 2020 - UK Leumi ABL Asset Based Lender of the Year - United Kingdom 46 Ludovic Timbal Duclaux de Martin Individual - Business Litigation Lawyer of the Year & Individual - Regulatory Lawyer of the Year - France M&A Advisory Best Sell Side Advisor - International Marcoms - UK Manor Architects Europe CEO Of the Year - 2020 - Johann Muldoon, Manor Architects - UK MATESO Best Encryption Software Solution - 2020 - MATESO GmbH: Password 47 Safe - Europe Mindme Best Bespoke GPS Tracking Device: Mindme Locate - 2020 - Mindme - UK Mooch Creative Limited Best Digital Marketing Agency - 2020 - Mooch - West Midlands, UK 48 Mr Amar Alwitry Best Ophthalmologist - 2020 - Mr Amar Alwitry - UK Multiweb Marketing Digital Marketing Agency of the Year - 2020 - Multi Web Marketing - UK

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Natterbox Netgreen Solar LTD Next - Gali Macedo & Associados NIMIRUM Notebook Publishing Novacom Group Nude Espresso & Nude Coffee Roasters Obsession Hair & Beauty Oleeo Olivia GAST ONYX SOLAR ENERGY S. Open Study College Pakawaste Group Papavasiliou & Associates Law Firm Parklands Group PCI college pepper-collection GmbH Pharus Management SA Preformed Markings Ltd Prepaid Financial Services Limited Prosperis PwC UK qashqade AG Ramphastos Investments Management B.V RAULINO SILVA ARQUITECTO, UNIPESSOAL LDA Restaurant Pau Claris 190 RIT Capital Partners plc Robert Quinn Consulting Ltd Rsw Medico Legal Ltd Samantha K’s Bridal & Occasionwear Scottish Grocers Federation ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services Guildford SIA Group Skelton Callender Solicitors Sologic Southall Funeral Service Spire Healthcare and OrthTeam Centre SSR Classic Strand Hanson Limited Strategic Management Partners Studio Legale De Rosa Sturgeon Ventures LLP

Voice & CRM Integration Specialists of the Year & Best Cloud-based Voice Services Platform: Natterbox - UK Distinction Award for Eco-Friendly HVAC Solution - 2020 - Netgreen Solar LTD - UK Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Portugal Best Independent Communications Research Agency - 2020 - NIMIRUM Europe Best Book Publishing House - 2020 - Notebook Publishing - UK Leading Experts in Multi-Channel Marketing Solutions - 2020 - Novacom Cambridgeshire, UK Best Micro-Roastery - UK Hair Stylists of the Year 2020 - Hampshire, UK Most Innovative e-Recruitment Provider - London ,UK Franchise Law - France Global Leading Company in Building-integrate photovoltaics (BIPV) Most Influential Woman in eLearning 2020 - United Kingdom 50 Best Online Learning Tool of the Year - UK Europe CEO of the Year - 2020 - David Hamer, Pakawaste Ltd - UK Gaming Law Firm of the Year - Greece 52 Independent Care Home Provider of the Year 2020 - Scotland Best Mental Health & Wellbeing Education Provider - 2020 PCI College - ROI World Luxury Chalet of the Year - 2020 - Chalet MIMI - Lech, Austria Best Asset Management Firm of the Year - Switzerland 53 Best Road Markings Materials Supplier - 2020 - Preformed Markings Ltd 55 UK & Ireland Financial Services CEO of the Year - 2020 - Noel Moran, Prepaid Financial Services - UK Best Independent Financial Advisory Firm 2020 - UK 56 Global Sustainability Private Equity Advisor of the Year - United Kingdom 58 FinTech Start Up of the Year 2020 - Central Europe Recognised Leaders in SME Investment - 2020 - Ramphastos Investments - 2 The Netherlands Best Architecture Urban Planning Practice - 2020 - Raulino Silva Arquitecto Portugal Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2020 - Barcelona, Spain Investment Trust of the Year 2020 – UK Regulatory Advisory Firm of the Year (Compliance & Regulatory) - UK Best Expert Witness Services Provider - 2020 - RSW Medico-Legal Ltd - UK Best Bridal Boutique - Wales 60 Trade CEO of the Year - 2020 - Pete Cheema OBE, Scottish Grocers’ Federation - UK Cleaning Specialists of the Year - 2020 - ServiceMaster Guildford - Guildford, UK Plant & Property Valuation Provider of the Year - UK Best Conveyancing Law Firm of the Year - Northern Ireland Best RCA Training Provider & Accountancy Solutions Specialists of the Year - UK Most Compassionate Funeral Directors - 2020 - Southall Funeral Service West London, England Best Sports Injury Specialists - North West England Best Classic Car Restoration Company 2020 - Portugal Best Full-Service M&A Adviser 2020 - UK 61 Merger and Acquisition Consultancy - Brighton, UK Best International Network Law Firm of the Year - Italy Financial Innovator of the Year 2020 – Sturgeon Compliance Services Limited / Best Regulatory Incubator 2020 – Sturgeon Ventures LLP

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The Bridal House The Byre at Inchyra The Harley Street Dermatology Clinic The Publicity Loft TOPP KIDS Town Hall Dental Tusker Direct Ltd Underground Professional Urology Chambers Limited URSAVUS GEIE Warrington Robotics Ltd Wheel of Health Limited WOMEN IN THE LAW UK Wordley Partnership Solicitors Your Direction Ltd

AM Travel Agency Battea Capstone Headwaters Clifford Law Offices PC Contagious Companies, Inc. DEMELLO & ASSOCIATES Demotech Inc

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Best Bridal Boutique 2020 - Cumbria, UK Wedding Venue of the Year 2020 - Perthshire, UK Dermatologist of the Year 2020 - London, England Most Influential Woman in Lifestyle PR - 2020 - Amy Buckeridge, The Publicity Loft - ROI Out Of School Clubs/ ELCC & Community Development Best Children’s / Youth Life Enrichment Organization Best Dental Practice 2020 - UK Best Workplace Car Scheme - 2020 - Tuskerdirect Ltd - UK Web & Graphic Design Firm of the Year - 2020 - Underground Professional, LLC - Chicagoland Best Urology Consultancy Firm of the Year - UK Tax Lawyer of the Year - Switzerland Best Robotic Automation Equipment Supplier - 2020 - Warrington Robotics Ltd - UK Best for Posture Management Analysis Reports - 2020 - Wheel of Health Limited - UK & Ireland Diversity Champion of the Year - 2020 - Sally Penni, Women in the Law - UK Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Best UK Supported Holiday Provider - 2020 - Your Direction Ltd - UK

Luxury Travel Agency of the Year - 2020 - AM Travel Agency - Georgia, USA Best in Hedge Fund Securities Class Action Settlement Recovery - 2020 / Best in Investor Settlement Recovery 2020 – USA Middle Market Investment Bank of the Year - USA Robert A. Clifford - Best Attorney in Aviation Litigation – USA – 2020 Most Instrumental Leadership Training Company 2020 & Executive Consultant of the Year - Florida Best Commercial Architecture Firm - Bermuda Best Financial Analysis Firm of the Year - USA Niche Financial Analysis Provider - Insurance - USA Best Property & Casualty Insurance Firm of the Year - USA Best SEO Web Design Agency - 2020 - Digitalis Medical - Arizona, USA Best International Luxury Retail Design Firm 2020 - Toronto, Canada Chairman and visionary of the year & Event Software CEO of the Year San Diego Best Construction Contractor of the Year - Wisconsin, USA 64 Best POS Technology Provider 2020 - Ontario Franchise Law Firm of the Year - USA Private Equity Firm of the Year (Middle-Market) - USA Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year - Alberta, Canada Transaction & Restructuring Adviser of the Year - USA Best Non-Profit Organization For The Visually Impaired 2020 - New Jersey Anti Money Laundering - Firm of the Year - USA Best Commercial Litigation Law Boutique - Florida SSI/SSD Law Firm of the Year - USA Best Law Firm of the Year - New York, USA Tax Litigation Lawyer of the Year - 2020 - David W. Chodikoff, Miller Thomson LLP - Canada Business Families Adviser of the Year - USA Most Innovative Independent Insurance Broker 2020 - Atlantic Canada Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year - 2020 - Dianne Nast, NastLaw LLC Pennsylvania, USA

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Office Seating Manufacturer of the Year 2020 - Canada Best Natural Vitamin Supplement Provider - Canada Best Digital Property Search Platform - 2020 - OJO Labs, Inc. - Texas, USA Best Childcare Centre of the Year - Canada Thomas and Eva Rolfe Cottage Lake Manitouwabing Township of McKellar , 65 Ontario, Canada 66 Best in Energy Regulation Law - Canada Leading Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer of the Year - 2020 Bryan White, Roper & White Attorneys at Law - Texas CEO & President of the Year - Mazhar Pawar - SA Capital Partners, LLC - USA 67 69 Best Woman-Owned Film & TV Production Company - California Jeff King - Socan - Best COO of the Year - Canada Healthcare CEO of the Year - 2020 - Tanya Boyd, Tanya Boyd & Associates - USA 70 TIGERMARK - Innovative Insurance Product of the Year - USA (Assurely) 71 Bottle-Top Designer of the Year - 2020 - sToPollution™ (ToPo®) Most Trusted Hardscaping Services Provider - 2020 - Transblue - Seattle, USA Best Cyber Security Data Protection Company in Canada

OCEANIA 4xCube Ltd Aura Sports Pty Ltd Baxter IP Educare Sydney ELM Cottage Moneta Markets PAX Migration Australia POWERFLO SOLUTIONS PTY LTD Sydney Criminal Lawyers The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG Vantage Global Prime Pty Ltd

Best New Executing-Only Investment Broker - 2020 - 4xCube Ltd - South Pacific Best Sports Flooring Contractor - 2020 - Aura Sports Pty Ltd - Australia Intellectual Property Attorney Firm of the Year - Australia Best English Tuition School - 2020 - Educare Sydney New South Wales, Australia Best Customer Support – CFD Broker Rural Retreat of the Year - 2020 - Elm Cottage Tumut - Australia Best Migration & Visas Services Consultancy - South Australia Best Oil & Gas Plant Valves & Instruments Supplier - 2020 - Powerflo Solutions - Australia Best Criminal Law Firm 2020 Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Australia Financial Trading Services Provider of the Year - Australia

Arista Global Basilio Advogados Eduardo Biondi & Antonio Ricardo Corrêa Advogados Associados Reinicke Ostria - Estudio de Abogados

Cross Border Accounting Firm of the Year - Latin America Commercial Litigation - Brazil Eduardo Abreu Biondi - Real Estate Law Barrister of the Year - Brazil

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