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The Deal Unveils European Award Winners

BiotechDrugsVilesScience-LG The Deal on Thursday, Nov. 1, presented its inaugural European awards recognizing the advisers and service providers who power M&A in Europe and around the globe.

The Deal Awards Europe cover cross-border deals from the past year. Over the past several months, The Deal received hundreds of nominations, across dozens of categories and sectors, individuals and firms.

The newsroom then interviewed experts and analysts and researched deals to create a shortlist of the most significant deals in terms of strategic vision, deal volume, deal complexity and shareholder returns. The final winners were chosen by The Deal's top editors, based on a simple majority vote.

Our winners, who were honored at a breakfast on Nov. 1 at the Aqua Shard in London, spanned the biggest banks and law firms as well as boutique advisory shops.

"For almost 20 years, The Deal has covered the most important changes in corporate control - mergers and acquisitions, of course, but also restructuring, activists' campaigns and private equity investments," said David Callaway, Chief Executive of TheStreet, Inc., the parent company of The Deal. "Today, we recognized the leading advisers to the international deal economy and celebrate the individuals and firms that set the trends."

The winners of the top deal awards are listed below. More information about the awards, nominees and winners can be found here.

DEAL OF THE YEAR:

Bayer acquires Monsanto.

Target/Seller: Monsanto Co.
Investment Adviser: Morgan Stanley, Ducera Partners LLC
Counsel to I-bank: Morrison & Foerster LLP, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Outside Counsel: Cohen & Grigsby and Redeker, Sellner & Dahs, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Dechert LLP, Dentons
Special Counsel: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Morrow Sodali Global LLC
PR Firm: FTI Consulting, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher


Buyer: Bayer AG
Investment Adviser: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rothschild, Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank: Shearman & Sterling LLP
Outside Counsel: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Linklaters LLC, Allen & Overy LLP, Hogan Lovells, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, L&L Partners
Proxy Solicitor: D.F. King & Co.
PR Firm: FinsburyHering Schuppener GPG, Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC, Brunswick Group LLP



MOST INNOVATIVE DEAL OF THE YEAR:

 

Paddy Power Betfair merges U.S. operations with FanDuel

Target/Seller: FanDuel Inc.

Investment Adviser: Moelis & Co. LLC
Outside Counsel: Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

 

Buyer: Paddy Power Betfair plc
Investment Adviser: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel: Blank Rome LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP


PRIVATE EQUITY DEAL OF THE YEAR:

KKR acquires Unileve's spreads business


Target/Seller: Unilever NV
Investment Adviser: Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel: Linklaters LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Buyer: KKR & Co.
Investment Adviser: Credit Suisse Group
Outside Counsel: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Dentons


DEALMAKER OF THE YEAR:

Will Pearce, Davis Polk Wardwell LLP


M&A PR FIRM OF THE YEAR:

Tulchan Communications LLP


EUROPEAN M&A LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR:

Dechert LLP

 


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