The Deal Awards 2021 - Shortlist

Sep. 23, 2021 - Sep. 23, 2021

About This Event

The Deal Awards 2021 will take place at Essex House in New York on September 23. For booking details please download the proposal document or contact Chris Edouard at Chris.Edouard@thedeal.com.

Large Cap Nominees

Top Categories (Large Cap)

Deal of the Year (Large Cap)

IFF adds DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences in Reverse Morris Trust
Target/Seller: DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences business/DuPont de Nemours Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Evercore Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Acquirer: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Greenhill & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.

Just Eat Takeaway.com adds GrubHub to cart
Target: GrubHub Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NautaDutilh NV
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Finsbury
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Just Eat Takeaway.com NV
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
Slaughter and May
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

T-Mobile and Sprint complete blockbuster merger*
Target/Seller: Sprint Corp./SoftBank Group Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Goodwin Procter LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Raine Group LLC
Mizuho Securities Co. Ltd.
SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
White & Case LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: T-Mobile US Inc./Deutsche Telekom AG
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooley LLP
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

T-Mobile and Sprint complete blockbuster merger* (Continued)
Acquirer: T-Mobile US Inc./Deutsche Telekom AG
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Deutsche Bank AG
Evercore Partners Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Kekst and Co.

Charles Schwab acquires brokerage TD Ameritrade
Target/Seller: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp./Ricketts Family Foundation and Toronto-Dominion Bank
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
Piper Sandler Cos.
Barclays
JPMorgan Securities LLC
TD Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Charles Schwab Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.

LVMH adds luxury brand Tiffany
Target: Tiffany & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP

Dealmaker of the Year (Large Cap)

Tad Freese, Latham & Watkins LLP
Jamie Leigh, Cooley LLP
Jeffrey Marell, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Andrew Nussbaum, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Marc Williams, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Most Innovative (Large Cap)

Fosun and Pfizer invest in BioNtech
Target: BioNTech SE
Outside Counsel:
Covington & Burling LLP (Fosun)
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (Pfizer)
Acquirers: Shanghai Fosun Pharma (Group) Ltd. and Pfizer Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Paul Hastings LLP (Fosun)
Clifford Chance LLP (Pfizer)
Fosun Deal Memo
Pfizer Deal Memo

Liberty Broadband acquires GCI Liberty
Target: GCI Liberty Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Baker Botts LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Liberty Broadband Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Investment Adviser:
Perella Weinberg Partners LP
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.

CD&R carves out HD Supply White Cap, adds Construction Supply
Target/Seller: White Cap/HD Supply Holdings Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Jones Day
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Target/Seller: Construction Supply Group/Sterling Group LP
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel:
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Buyer: Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Investment Adviser:
BNP Paribas SA
Credit Suisse Group
Deutsche Bank AG
RBC Capital Markets
HD Supply Deal Memo
Sterling Group Deal Memo

Teledoc acquires chronic care manager Livongo
Target/Seller: Livongo Health Inc./Kinnevik AB
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank:
Cooley LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Teladoc Health Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

SoftBank monetizes T-Mobile interest
Target/Seller: T-Mobile US Inc./SoftBank Group Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Raine Group LLC
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirers: Deutsche Telekom AG, Marcelo Claure
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Virtusa sold to Baring Private Equity
Target/Seller: Virtusa Corp./Orogen Group LLC
Outside Counsel:
Goodwin Procter LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Acquirer: Baring Private Equity Asia Group Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
BofA Securities Inc.

Public Relations Firm (Large Cap)

Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Brunswick Group LLP
Finsbury
Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Specialty Awards

Private Equity Deal of the Year (Large Cap)

Stonepeak Infrastructure adds Astound Broadband
Target/Sellers: Astound Broadband LLC/Patriot Media Consulting and TPG Capital LP
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Acquirer: Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Outside Counsel:
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Lazard Ltd.
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Permira sells Duff & Phelps to Further Global and Stone Point
Target/Seller: Duff & Phelps Corp./Permira
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
UBS Investment Bank
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirers: Further Global Capital Management LP and Stone Point Capital LLC
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
White & Case LLP

Thoma Bravo sells Ellie Mae to Intercontinental Exchange*
Target/Seller: Ellie Mae Inc./Thoma Bravo LLC
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
JPMorgan Securities LLC
PR Firm:
Finsbury

Thoma Bravo sells Ellie Mae to Intercontinental Exchange* (Continued)
Acquirer: Intercontinental Exchange Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Broadhaven Capital Partners LLC
Citigroup Inc.
Credit Suisse Group
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Moelis & Co. LLC
Wells Fargo NA
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Sidley Austin LLP

Morgan Stanley Capital sells Pathway Vet to TSG
Target/Seller: Pathway Vet Alliance LLC/Morgan Stanley Capital Partners
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Harris Williams & Co.
Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP
Jefferies LLC
Acquirer: TSG Consumer Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Guggenheim Partners LLC
William Blair & Co. LLC
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Apollo-backed Tech Data merges with Synnex
Target/Seller: Tech Data Corp./Apollo Global Management Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Synnex Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Investment Adviser:
Duff & Phelps Corp.

Private Equity Dealmaker (Large Cap)

Paul Bird, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Mehdi Khodadad, Sidley Austin LLP
Marni Lerner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Jennifer Perkins, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Taurie Zeitzer, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Activist Defense Law Firm

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Cross-Border Deal of the Year

KKR takes out French hospital operator Elsan Group
Target/Seller: Groupe Elsan SAS/CVC Capital Partners Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Jeausserand Audouard
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Rothschild & Co
Acquirer: KKR & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Dechert LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Warburg-backed Allied Universal Security acquires G4S
Target: G4S plc
Outside Counsel:
Linklaters LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lazard Ltd.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP
Acquirer: Allied Universal Security Services LLC/Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG and Warburg Pincus LLC
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Moelis & Co. LLC
Morgan Stanley
PR Firm:
Teneo Global LLC

Just Eat Takeaway.com adds GrubHub*
Target: GrubHub Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NautaDutilh NV
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Finsbury
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.

Just Eat Takeaway.com adds GrubHub* (Continued)
Acquirer: Just Eat Takeaway.com NV
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
Slaughter and May
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Novartis acquires Medicines Co.
Target: Medicines Co.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Novartis AG
Outside Counsel:
Bar & Karrer AG
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

LVMH adds luxury brand Tiffany
Target: Tiffany & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP

Restructuring Deal (Large Cap)

Ann Taylor parent sheds assets
Debtor: Ascena Retail Group Inc.
Legal Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Cooley LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC
Investment Bank: Guggenheim Securities LLC
PR Firm: Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

PE-backed Guitar Center retools with prepack
Debtor: Guitar Center Inc.
Legal Counsel: Milbank LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Berkeley Research Group LLC
Investment Bank: Houlihan Lokey Inc.

J.C. Penney sells assets in Ch. 11
Debtor: J.C. Penney Co.
Legal Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Restructuring Adviser: AlixPartners LLP
Investment Bank: Lazard Ltd.

Neiman Marcus exits bankruptcy via debt-for-equity swap
Debtor: Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. LLC
Legal Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Berkeley Research Group LLC
Investment Bank: Lazard Ltd.

Serta Simmons restructures out of court
Company: Serta Simmons Bedding LLC
Legal Counsel: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Evercore Ltd.

Debtor Counsel – Firm (Large Cap)

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Debtor Counsel - Individual (Large Cap)

Marshall Huebner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Ray Schrock, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Joshua Sussberg, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Restructuring Financial Adviser (Large Cap)

AlixPartners LLP
Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Lazard Ltd.

Sector Awards (Large Cap)

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Deal (Large Cap)

McCormick adds hot sauce maker Cholula from L Catterton
Target/Seller: Cholula Food Co./L Catterton Management Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: McCormick & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
PR Firm:
FTI Consulting Inc.

Roark-backed Inspire Brands acquires Dunkin’ Donuts parent
Target: Dunkin’ Brands Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
Gladstone Place Partners LLC
Acquirer: Inspire Brands Inc./Roark Capital Group
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays plc
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Information agent:
Innisfree M&A Inc.

VF adds Carlyle-backed streetwear Supreme
Target/Seller: Supreme Holdings Inc./Carlyle Group Inc. and Goode Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Acquirer: VF Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

7-Eleven acquires Speedway from Marathon
Target/Seller: Speedway LLC/Marathon Petroleum Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Evercore Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Acquirers: 7-Eleven Inc./Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
White & Case LLP
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP

LVMH adds Tiffany to portfolio of luxury brands
Target: Tiffany & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage – Law Firm (Large Cap)

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Investment Bank (Large Cap)

Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Morgan Stanley

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Dealmaker (Large Cap)

Daniel Brass, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Jane Goldstein, Ropes & Gray LLP
Jeffrey Marell, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Energy & Industrials - Deal (Large Cap)

IFF adds DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences
Target/Seller: DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences business/DuPont de Nemours Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Evercore Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Acquirer: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Greenhill & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.

CD&R carves out HD Supply White Cap, adds Construction Supply
Target/Seller: White Cap/HD Supply Holdings Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Jones Day
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Target/Seller: Construction Supply Group/Sterling Group LP
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel:
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Buyer: Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Investment Adviser:
BNP Paribas SA
Credit Suisse Group
Deutsche Bank AG
RBC Capital Markets
HD Supply Deal Memo
Sterling Group Deal Memo

WillScot acquires storage peer Mobile Mini*
Target: Mobile Mini Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
White & Case LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: WillScot Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Deutsche Bank AG
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Morgan Stanley
Rothschild & Co
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

WillScot acquires storage peer Mobile Mini* (Continued)
Acquirer: WillScot Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Allen & Overy LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Counsel to I-bank:
McGuireWoods LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
FTI Consulting Inc.
Proxy Solicitor:
Georgeson LLC

Chevron acquires Noble Energy 
Target: Noble Energy Corp.
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Buyer: Chevron Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Outside Counsel:
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
Innisfree M&A Inc.

SunRun powers up with Vivint Solar
Target: Vivint Solar Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Seller: 313 Acquisition LLC/Blackstone Group Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Buyer: SunRun Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Cooley LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

Energy & Industrials – Law Firm (Large Cap)

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
McGuireWoods LLP

Energy & Industrials - Investment Bank (Large Cap)

Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley

Energy & Industrials - Dealmaker (Large Cap)

Stephen Gill, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Joanne Katsantonis, McGuireWoods LLP
Sean Wheeler, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Financial Services - Deal (Large Cap)

Spain’s BBVA sells U.S. operations to PNC
Target/Seller: BBVA USA Bancshares Inc./Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Acquirer: PNC Financial Services Group Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Citigroup Inc.
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Morgan Stanley adds Eaton Vance
Target: Eaton Vance Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
DLA Piper
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Covington & Burling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Acquirer: Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Venable LLP

Allstate acquires fellow insurer National General
Target/Seller: National General Holdings Corp./MSD Capital LP
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Kingsdale Advisors
Acquirer: Allstate Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Investment Adviser:
Ardea Partners LP

Charles Schwab acquires brokerage TD Ameritrade
Target/Seller: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp./Ricketts Family Foundation and Toronto-Dominion Bank
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
Piper Sandler Cos.
Barclays
JPMorgan Securities LLC
TD Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Charles Schwab Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.

Deutsche Börse buys proxy adviser ISS from Genstar
​​Target/Seller: Institutional Shareholder Services Inc./Genstar Capital LLC
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Acquirer: Deutsche Börse AG
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Hengeler Mueller

Financial Services – Law Firm (Large Cap)

Dechert LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Financial Services - Investment Bank (Large Cap)

Ardea Partners LP
Jefferies LLC
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Piper Sandler Cos.

Financial Services - Dealmaker (Large Cap)

H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Edward Herlihy, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Nicholas Potter, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
John Schwolsky, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
William Taylor, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Deal (Large Cap)

AstraZeneca acquires rare disease treatment maker Alexion
Target: Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Macfarlanes LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: AstraZeneca plc
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Evercore Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Ondra LLP

Consortium invests in behavioral health provider LifeStance
Target: LifeStance Health Inc.
Acquirers: Silversmith Capital Partners, Summit Partners and TPG Capital LP
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
BMO Capital Markets Corp.
Jefferies LLC
UBS Investment Bank

Teledoc acquires chronic care manager Livongo
Target/Seller: Livongo Health Inc./Kinnevik AB
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank:
Cooley LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Teladoc Health Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

Siemens Healthineers adds oncology software company Varian
Target: Varian Medical Systems Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
Georgeson LLC
Acquirer: Siemens Healthineers AG/Siemens AG
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
UBS Investment Bank
Counsel to I-bank:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP
FTI Consulting Inc.

Centene acquires WellCare Health
Target: WellCare Health Plans Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Bass, Berry & Sims plc
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Locke Lord LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Centene Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Allen & Co. LLC
Barclays
Evercore Partners Inc.
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
White & Case LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
Morrow Sodali Global LLC

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech – Law Firm (Large Cap)

Cooley LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Investment Bank (Large Cap)

Bank of America Securities Inc.
Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Dealmaker (Large Cap)

Jonathan Davis, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Rosalind Fahey Kruse, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Marc Williams, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Maggie Wong, Goodwin Procter LLP

Technology, Media & Telecom - Deal (Large Cap)

Food delivery platform GrubHub sells to Just Eat
Target: GrubHub Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
NautaDutilh NV
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Finsbury
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Just Eat Takeaway.com NV
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
Slaughter and May
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Marvell acquires fellow chipmaker Inphi
Target: Inphi Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Investment Adviser:
Qatalyst Partners
Counsel to I-bank:
Cooley LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Acquirer: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Hogan Lovells
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Okapi Partners LLC
Lender:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Altice USA sells stake in Lightpath to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
Target/Seller: Lightpath/Altice USA Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Acquirer: Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.

Salesforce.com buys messaging company Slack*
Target: Slack Technologies Inc.
Lead Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Goodwin Procter LLP

Salesforce.com buys messaging company Slack*(Continued)
Target: Slack Technologies Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Paul Hastings LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Acquirer: Salesforce.com Inc.
Lead Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Outside Counsel:
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Carrier T-Mobile buys rival Sprint
Target/Seller: Sprint Corp./SoftBank Group Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Goodwin Procter LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Raine Group LLC
Mizuho Securities Co. Ltd.
SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
White & Case LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: T-Mobile US Inc./Deutsche Telekom AG
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cooley LLP
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Deutsche Bank AG
Evercore Partners Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Kekst and Co.

Technology, Media & Telecom – Law Firm (Large Cap)

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Technology, Media & Telecom - Investment Bank (Large Cap)

Bank of America Corp.
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Securities Inc.
Qatalyst Partners

Technology, Media & Telecom - Dealmaker (Large Cap)

Atif Azher, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
George Boutros, Qatalyst
Michael Diz, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Fintech - Deal (Large Cap)

Intuit acquires personal finance software maker Credit Karma
Target/Seller: Credit Karma Inc./Silver Lake Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
PR Firm:
Edelman Inc.
Acquirer: Intuit Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Investment Adviser:
Qatalyst Partners
Counsel to I-bank:
Goodwin Procter LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Kekst CNC

Morgan Stanley acquires online brokerage E-Trade
Target: E*Trade Financial Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Ardea Partners LP
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
Acquirer: Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley

Mastercard acquires open banking platform Finicity
Target: Finicity Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Investment Adviser:
Financial Technology Partners LP
Acquirer: Mastercard Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Social Finance adds developer Galileo Financial
Target/Seller: Galileo Financial Technologies Inc./Mercato Partners
Outside Counsel:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Investment Adviser:
Qatalyst Partners
Counsel to I-bank:
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Acquirer: Social Finance Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Nasdaq adds fraud detection company Verafin
Target: Verafin Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC
PR Firm:
Longview Communications Inc.
Acquirer: Nasdaq Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Morgan Stanley
TD Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP
Longview Communications Inc.

Fintech – Law Firm (Large Cap)

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Jones Day
Latham & Watkins LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Middle Market Nominees

Top Categories (Middle Market)

Deal of the Year (Middle Market)

Banco Bradesco acquires BAC Florida Bank
Target/Seller: BAC Florida Bank/Grupo Pellas
Outside Counsel:
Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Investment Adviser:
Piper Sandler Cos. (then Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP)
Acquirer: Banco Bradesco SA
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Investment Adviser:
Banco Bradesco BBI SA
Banco Bradesco SA

GoPuff adds drinks and snacks courier BevMo!
Target/Seller: Beverages & More Inc./TowerBrook Capital Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP
Acquirer: GoBrands Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
PR Firm:
Finsbury

Spotify Technology acquires Bill Simmons Media Group
Target: Bill Simmons Media Group LLC
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Acquirer: Spotify Technology SA
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

HelloFresh acquires fellow meal kit company Factor75
Target: Factor75 Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild & Co
Acquirer: HelloFresh SE
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Sloane & Co.

Raymond James acquires consumer specialist Financo
Target: Financo LLC
Outside Counsel: Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Acquirer: Raymond James Financial Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Raymond James Financial Inc.

Fox acquires over-the-top content platform Tubi
Target: Tubi Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Investment Adviser:
Qatalyst Partners
Acquirer: Fox Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Jenner & Block LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Allen & Co. LLC

Dealmaker of the Year (Middle Market)

Catherine Dargan, Covington & Burling LLP
Chris Frieden, Alston & Bird LLP
Lori Green, Nixon Peabody LLP
Adam Turteltaub, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Kris Withrow, Fenwick & West LLP

Most Innovative Deal (Middle Market)

KAR acquires BackLotCars
Target: BacklotCars Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Stinson LLP
Buyer: KAR Auction Services Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Winston & Strawn LLP

Gogo sells commercial aviation Wi-Fi business to Intelsat
Target/Seller: Gogo commercial aviation/Gogo Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Investment Adviser:
BDT & Co. LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
Acquirer: Intelsat SA
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Adviser:
Altman Solon
Alvarez & Marsal LLC

Sixth Street Growth Invests in MDLive
Target: MDLive Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Investment Adviser:
BofA Securities Inc.
Acquirer:
Sixth Street Partners
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Fund:
Sixth Street Growth

Hartford Financial sells overseas assets to Premia
Target/Seller: Navigators Holdings (Europe) NV/Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Acquirer: Premia Holdings Ltd.
Shareholder:
Arch Capital Group Ltd.
Kelso & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP

Lightspeed acquires Upserve from Vista Equity 
Target/Sellers: Upserve Inc./Vista Equity Partners LLC, Pritzker Group and First Round Capital
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Lightspeed POS Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Investment Adviser:
RBC Capital Markets

Public Relations Firm (Middle Market)

Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Kekst CNC
Lambert & Co.
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Specialty Awards (Middle Market)

Private Equity Deal (Middle Market)

Falfurrias Capital sells American Safety Council to Ridgemont
Target/Seller: American Safety Council Inc./Falfurrias Capital Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
McGuireWoods LLP
Investment Adviser:
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Acquirer: Ridgemont Equity Partners
Outside Counsel:
Alston & Bird LLP
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC

Align adds National Lloyds and American Summit insurance company
Target/Seller: National Lloyds Corp./Hilltop Holdings Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Piper Sandler Cos.
Acquirer: Align Financial Holdings LLC
Outside Counsel:
Durham Jones & Pinegar PC

PE-backed Premia carves out Navigators Europe from Hartford Financial
Target/Seller: Navigators Holdings (Europe) NV/Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Acquirer: Premia Holdings Ltd.
Shareholder:
Arch Capital Group Ltd.
Kelso & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP

BV Investment invests in StraighterLine
Target: StraighterLine Inc.
Cooley LLP
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC
Acquirer: BV Investment Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP

TSG brews sale of SweetWater to Aphria
Target/Seller: SW Brewing Co. LLC/TSG Consumer Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Winston & Strawn LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
Arlington Capital Advisors LLC
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Aphria Inc.
Outside Counsel:
DLA Piper
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC

Private Equity Dealmaker (Middle Market)

John Kupiec, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Jeffrey Poss, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Mitchell Presser, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Carolyn Vardi, Ropes & Gray LLP

Restructuring Deal (Middle Market)

Brooks Brothers files for Ch. 11
Debtor: Brooks Brothers Group Inc.
Legal Counsel: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Restructuring Adviser: Ankura Consulting Group LLC
Investment Bank: PJ Solomon LP

McClatchy enters Ch. 11 to resolve pensions
Debtor: McClatchy Co.
Legal Counsel: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Togut, Segal & Segal LLP
Restructuring Adviser: FTI Consulting Inc.
Investment Bank: Evercore Ltd.

Modell’s Sporting Goods liquidates
Debtor: Modell’s Sporting Goods Inc.
Legal Counsel: Cole Schotz PC
Restructuring Adviser: Berkeley Research Group LLC

Rubio’s refinances in court
Debtor: Rubio’s Restaurants Inc.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Young Conway Stargatt & Taylor LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Mackinac Partners LLC
Investment Bank: Gower Advisers LLC

School Specialty restructures, resold
Company: School Specialty Inc.
Legal Counsel: Mayer Brown LLP
Godfrey & Kahn SC
Restructuring Adviser: Ocean Ridge Capital Advisors LLC

Debtor Counsel – Firm (Middle Market)

Cole Schotz PC
Ropes & Gray LLP
Mayer Brown LLP

Debtor Counsel – Individual (Middle Market)

Van Durrer II, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Gregg Galardi, Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Sirota, Cole Schotz PC

Restructuring Financial Adviser (Middle Market)

Berkeley Research Group LLC
Evercore Ltd.
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
SSG Capital Advisors LLC

Sector Awards (Middle Market)

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Deal (Middle Market)

GoPuff adds drinks and snacks courier BevMo!
Target/Seller: Beverages & More Inc./TowerBrook Capital Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP
Acquirer: GoBrands Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
PR Firm:
Finsbury

Edgewell adds men’s grooming brand Cremo
Target: Cremo Co. LLC
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Acquirer: Edgewell Personal Care Co.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Investment Adviser:
Perella Weinberg Partners LP

HelloFresh acquires fellow meal kit company Factor75*
Target: Factor75 Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild & Co

HelloFresh acquires fellow meal kit company Factor75* (Continued)
Acquirer: HelloFresh SE
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Sloane & Co.

J2 Global acquires coupon company RetailMeNot
Target/Sellers: RetailMeNot Inc./Vericast Corp. and MacAndrews & Forbes Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Acquirer: j2 Global Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Whole Earth buys zero-sugar sweetener brand Swerve
Target/Seller: Swerve IP LLC/Swerve LLC
Outside Counsel:
Giannuzzi Group LLP
Investment Adviser:
Whipstitch Capital
Acquirer: Whole Earth Brands
Outside Counsel:
DLA Piper
Investment Adviser:
Nomura Holdings Inc.

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage – Law Firm (Middle Market)

Cooley LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Investment Bank (Middle Market)

Evercore Inc.
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
PJ Solomon LP

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage - Dealmaker (Middle Market)

Lori Green, Nixon Peabody LLP
W. Brian Raftery, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jason Silvera, Latham & Watkins LLP

Energy & Industrials - Deal (Middle Market)

KAR Auction buys auto auction startup BacklotCars
Target: BacklotCars Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Stinson LLP
Acquirer: KAR Auction Services Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Guggenheim Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Winston & Strawn LLP

Barentz purchases CI Capital-backed Maroon Group
Target/Seller: Maroon Group LLC/CI Capital Partners LLC
Investment Adviser:
Moelis & Co. LLC
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Buyer: Barentz International BV
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Lender:
Bank of Ireland
Coöperatieve Rabobank UA
Crédit Agricole SA
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
ING Bank NV
MV Credit Partners LLP
National Westminster Bank plc
Park Square Capital LLP
Counsel to Lenders:
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Southwestern Energy gobbles up Montage Resources*
Target/Seller: Montage Resources Corp./ EnCap Investments LP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Outside Counsel:
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Southwestern Energy gobbles up Montage Resources*(Continued)
Acquirer: Southwestern Energy Co.
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
FTI Consulting Inc.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Koch gets on the grid with Sentient Energy
Target: Sentient Energy Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Bowen Advisors Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP
Acquirer: Koch Engineered Solutions
Investment Adviser:
Stephens Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Stinson LLP

Harsco doubles down on environment with Stericycle unit
Target/Seller: Domestic environmental solutions business/Stericycle Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Corp.
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
McGuireWoods LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Harsco Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Special Counsel:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Energy & Industrials – Law Firm (Middle Market)

Baker Botts LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Energy & Industrials - Investment Bank (Middle Market)

Evercore Inc.
Guggenheim Partners LLC
Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Energy & Industrials - Dealmaker (Middle Market)

Frank Bayouth, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Bradley Faris, Latham & Watkins LLP
Kaam Sahely, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Financial Services - Deal (Middle Market)

Banco Bradesco acquires BAC Florida Bank
Target/Seller: BAC Florida Bank/Grupo Pellas
Outside Counsel:
Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Investment Adviser:
Piper Sandler Cos. (then Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP)
Acquirer: Banco Bradesco SA
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Investment Adviser:
Banco Bradesco BBI SA
Banco Bradesco SA

Dime Community adds Bridge Bancorp
Target: Bridge Bancorp Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Luse Gorman PC
Investment Adviser:
Piper Sandler Cos.
PR Firm:
Edelman Inc.
Acquirer: Dime Community Bancshares Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Holland & Knight LLP
Investment Adviser:
Raymond James & Associates Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
McGuireWoods LLP

Raymond James acquires consumer specialist Financo
Target: Financo LLC
Outside Counsel: Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Acquirer: Raymond James Financial Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Raymond James Financial Inc.

State Farm adds nonstandard auto insurance company Gainsco
Target: Gainsco Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Investment Adviser:
Sherman & Co.
Acquirer: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
Outside Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays

Hartford Financial sells overseas assets to Premia
Target/Seller: Navigators Holdings (Europe) NV/ Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Acquirer: Premia Holdings Ltd.
Shareholder:
Arch Capital Group Ltd.
Kelso & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP

Financial Services Law Firm of the Year (MM)

Alston & Bird LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Dechert LLP
Mayer Brown LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Financial Services - Investment Bank (Middle Market)

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Piper Sandler Cos.
Raymond James & Associates Inc.

Financial Services - Dealmaker (Middle Market)

Edward Best, Mayer Brown LLP
Brian Fahrney, Sidley Austin LLP
Chris Frieden, Alston & Bird LLP
Jeffrey Poss, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Deal (Middle Market)

Sixth Street Growth Invests in MDLive
Target: MDLive Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Investment Adviser:
BofA Securities Inc.
Acquirer:
Sixth Street Partners
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.
Fund:
Sixth Street Growth

Ligand Pharmaceuticals adds on Pfenex
Target: Pfenex Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.

Addus HomeCare buys Queen City Hospice and affiliate
Targets/Seller: Queen City Hospice LLC and Miracle City Hospice LLC/Stonehenge Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Investment Adviser:
Cain Brothers & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Addus HomeCare Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Bass, Berry & Sims plc
Investment Adviser:
Raymond James & Associates Inc.

Syneos Health acquires biopharma services provider Synteract from Amulet
Target/Seller: Synteract Inc./Amulet Capital Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Acquirer: Syneos Health Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Teleflex adds DW Management- and Linden Capital-backed Z-Medica
Target/Sellers: Z-Medica LLC/DW Management Services LLC and Linden Capital Partners
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Truist Securities Inc.
Acquirer: Teleflex Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Holland & Knight LLP
Investment Adviser:
Guggenheim Partners LLC

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech – Law Firm (Middle Market)

Covington & Burling LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Investment Bank (Middle Market)

Edgemont Capital Partners LP
Jefferies LLC
TripleTree LLC
William Blair & Co. LLC

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech - Dealmaker (Middle Market)

Johan (Hans) V. Brigham, Latham & Watkins LLP
Catherine Dargan, Covington & Burling LLP
Michael Gerardi, Jefferies LLC
Justin Roth, TripleTree LLC

Technology, Media & Telecom - Deal (Middle Market)

Penn National acquire Barstool Sports from Chernin Group
Target/Seller: Barstool Sports Inc./Chernin Group LLC
Outside Counsel:
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Investment Adviser:
Moelis & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Penn National Gaming Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Spotify Technology acquires Bill Simmons Media Group
Target: Bill Simmons Media Group LLC
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Acquirer: Spotify Technology SA
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

NortonLifeLock sells ID Analytics to LexisNexis
Target/Seller: ID Analytics LLC/NortonLifeLock Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Fenwick & West LLP
Acquirer: LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc./Relx plc
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Equinix acquires cloud network services provider Packet Host
Target: Packet Host Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Fenwick & West LLP
Acquirer: Equinix Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Fox acquires over-the-top content platform Tubi
Target: Tubi Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
Investment Adviser:
Qatalyst Partners
Acquirer: Fox Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Jenner & Block LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Investment Adviser:
Allen & Co. LLC

Technology, Media & Telecom – Law Firm (Middle Market)

Fenwick & West LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Technology, Media & Telecom - Investment Bank (Middle Market)

DH Capital LLC
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Moelis & Co.

Technology, Media & Telecom - Dealmaker (Middle Market)

Carlos Jimenez, Moelis & Co.
Adam Turteltaub, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Kris Withrow, Fenwick & West LLP

Fintech - Deal (Middle Market)

iCapital buys Artivest from KKR
Target/Seller: Artivest Holdings Inc./KKR & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Investment Adviser:
RBC Capital Markets
Acquirer: iCapital Network Inc.
Shareholders:
Affiliated Managers Group Inc.
Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
BlackRock Inc.
Blackstone Group Inc.
Carlyle Group Inc.
Credit Suisse Group
Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking
Hamilton Lane Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley
UBS Financial Services Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.

Binance acquires CoinMarketCap
Target/Seller: CoinMarketCap OpCo LLC/ Brandon Chez
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Acquirer: Binance Holdings Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Paul Hastings LLP

Repay acquires payment automation company CPS Payment
Target: CPS Payment Services LLC
Outside Counsel:
Alston & Bird LLP
Investment Adviser:
William Blair & Co. LLC
Acquirer: Repay Holdings Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

Alliance Data Systems acquires Lon Operations
Target: Lon Operations LLC
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Acquirer: Alliance Data Systems Corp.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Insight Partners leads investment in PayCargo
Target: PayCargo LLC
Acquirer: Insight Partners
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Financial Technology (FinTech) Law Firm of the Year (MM)

Goodwin Procter LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

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