The Deal Awards Cross-Border Europe London 2019 Shortlist

Oct. 30, 2019

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Deal of the Year

Ingersoll-Rand to spin off its industrial segment businesses to Gardner Denver

Target/Seller: Industrials business/ Ingersoll-Rand plc
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Acquirers: Gardner Denver Holdings Inc./ KKR & Co. LP
Investment Adviser:
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: McGuireWoods LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel:
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm: Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Merlin Entertainments acquired by Blackstone and Lego owner Kirkbi 

Target: Merlin Entertainments plc
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Barclays
Outside Counsel: Slaughter and May Ltd.
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Acquirers: Blackstone Group LP and Kirkbi A/S
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ashurst LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.

Comcast prevails in bidding for British broadcaster Sky

Target/Seller: Sky plc/Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Barclays
PJT Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Hogan Lovells
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Acquirer: Comcast Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Partners Inc.
Robey Warshaw LLP
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
CMS Legal Services EEIG
Proxy Solicitor: MacKenzie Partners Inc.
PR Firm: Tulchan Communications LLP

Japan’s Takeda acquires London- and Nasdaq-listed Shire

Target: Shire plc
Investment Adviser: 
Citigroup Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Mourant Ozannes LP
Proxy Solicitor: Georgeson LLC
PR Firm:
FTI Consulting Inc.

Acquirer: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Evercore Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Ashurst LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Linklaters LLP
Torys LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Ogier Group LP
PR Firm:
Finsbury
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

GlaxoSmithKline acquires cancer drug specialist Tesaro 

Target: Tesaro Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Hogan Lovells

Acquirer: GlaxoSmithKline plc
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Information Agent: Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Merck KGaA prevails in bidding for Versum Materials  

Target: Versum Materials Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: Shearman & Sterling LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel: Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Special Counsel: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm: Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Acquirer: Merck KGaA
Investment Adviser:
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel: Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Dealmaker of the Year

  • Will Pearce, Davis Polk Wardwell LLP
  • Simon Robey, Robey Warshaw LLP
  • Ben Spiers, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Investment Bank of the Year

  • Lazard Ltd.
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Morgan Stanley

Most Innovative Deal of the Year

Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquire Inmarsat 

Target: Inmarsat plc
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
JPMorgan Cazenove Ltd.
PJT Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel: Clifford Chance LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Georgeson LLC
PR Firm: Headland PR Consultancy LLP

Acquirers: Apax Partners LLP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Warburg Pincus LLC
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Barclays
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

Vodafone acquires several European media assets from Liberty Global

Targets/Seller: Unity Media GmbH, UPC Magyarorszag Telekommunikacios Kft., UPC Czech Republic s.r.o. and UPC Romania srl/ Liberty Global plc
Investment Adviser:
LionTree Advisors LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Special Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP

Acquirer: Vodafone Group plc
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Morgan Stanley
Robey Warshaw LLP
Outside Counsel: Slaughter and May Ltd.

Abry Partners acquires Link Mobility alongside company management

Target: Link Mobility Group ASA
Investment Adviser: ABG Sundal Collier ASA
Outside Counsel: Aabo-Evensen & Co. Advokatfirma AS

Acquirers: Abry Partners LLC and management
Investment Adviser: Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
Outside Counsel:
Paul Hastings LLP
DLA Piper
Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS

William Hill acquires betting technology company Mr Green

Target: Mr Green & Co AB
Investment Adviser: SEB Corporate Finance
Outside Counsel: Cederquist
Adviser: BDO International Ltd.

Acquirer: William Hill plc
Investment Adviser: Citigroup Inc.
Outside Counsel: Vinge KB
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Investor group acquires sports analytics company Sportradar from EQT, Revolution and minority shareholders

Target/Sellers: Sportradar AG/EQT Partners AB and  
Revolution LLC
Investment Adviser:
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Evercore Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Acquirers: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and TCMI Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Homburger AG
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Linklaters LLP

M&A Law Firm of the Year

  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP

M&A PR Firm of the Year

  • Kekst CNC
  • FTI Consulting Inc.
  • Brunswick Group Inc.

Specialty Awards

Private Equity Deal of the Year

Mars acquires Nordic Capital-backed veterinary clinic operator Anicura

Target/Sellers: AniCura AB/Nordic Capital Ltd. and Fidelio Capital
Outside Counsel: Mannheimer Swartling
Adviser: KPMG LLP

Acquirer: Mars Inc.
Investment Adviser: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Cederquist
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Apax Partners sells specialty chemicals distributor Azelis to EQT, CPPIB consortium

Target/Seller: Azelis SA/Apax Partners LLP
Outside Counsel: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Acquirers: EQT Partners AB and Public Sector  
Pension Investment Board
Investment Adviser:
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
PR Firm: Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

BlackRock acquires eFront from Bridgepoint Advisers

Target/Seller: eFront SAS/Bridgepoint Advisers Group Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Scotto & Associes
Latham & Watkins LLP

Acquirer: BlackRock Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
PR Firm: Finsbury

KPS Capital sells Chassis Brakes International to Hitachi Automotive

Target/Seller: Chassis Brakes International BV/KPS  
Capital Partners LP
Investment Adviser: Citigroup Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Stibbe
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Acquirers: Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd./Hitachi Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd.
Outside Counsel: Allen & Overy LLP

Carlyle, GIC acquire AkzoNobel’s specialty chemicals business

Target/Seller: Akzo Nobel Chemicals/ Akzo Nobel NV
Investment Adviser:
Jamieson Corporate Finance LLP
Nexant Ltd.
HSBC Holdings plc
Lazard Ltd.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Van Doorne NV
Macfarlanes LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Special Counsel: McCarthy Tetrault LLP
PR Firms:
Kekst CNC
Brunswick Group LLP
Accountant: Deloitte & Touche LLP

Acquirers: Carlyle Group LP and GIC Pte. Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Bain & Co.
Valence Group LLC
Evercore Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Loyens & Loeff NV
Special Counsel: McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Adviser:
Risk International Services Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Sweco AB

Private Equity Dealmaker of the Year

  • Anu Balasubramanian, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Roger Johnson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Jonny Myers, Clifford Chance LLP

Restructuring Deal of the Year

KKR and Centerbridge recap U.K. hospital operator BMI Healthcare  

Target: BMI Healthcare Inc.
Financial Adviser: Moelis & Co. LLC
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP
Adviser: THM Partners LLP

Acquirers: Centerbridge and KKR & Co. LP
Financial Adviser: PJT Partners Inc.
Houlihan Lokey Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Milbank LLP

Sports Direct acquires House of Fraser 

Target: House of Fraser Group Ltd.
Investment Adviser: Rothschild
Outside Counsel: 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

PR Firm: Newgate Communications Ltd.
Adviser: Ernst & Young LLP
Acquirer: Sports Direct International plc
Outside Counsel: Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
PR Firm: Keith Bishop Associates

Commodities trader Noble Group completes restructuring

Debtor: Noble Group Ltd.
Financial Advisers:
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Moelis & Co. LLC
Comprador Ltd.
HSBC Holdings plc
Outside Counsel: 
Kirkland Ellis LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Allen & Gledhill LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
PR Firms:
Finsbury
Klareco Communications
Argentus PR
Financial adviser to creditors: Houlihan Lokey Inc.

Middle Market

Middle-Market Deal of the Year

Caledonia Invests in founder-owned Deep Sea Electronics

Target: Deep Sea Electronics Ltd.
Investment Adviser: GCA Corp.
Outside Counsel: Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Acquirer: Caledonia Investments plc
Investment Adviser: Park Place Corporate Finance Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Taylor Wessing LLP
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
PR Firm: Tulchan Communications LLP
Adviser:
Deloitte LLP
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Casino Outsources Asset Sales to Apollo

Target/Seller: 12 French outlet stores/Casino  
Guichard-Perrachon SA
Outside Counsel: Gide Loyrette Nouel

Acquirer: Apollo Global Management LLC
Outside Counsel: De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Westlake Chemical acquires PVC compounding company Nakan from OpenGate Capital 

Target/Seller: Nakan/OpenGate Capital LLC
Investment Adviser: Moelis & Co. LLC
Outside Counsel: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Acquirer: Westlake Chemical Corp.
Outside Counsel: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Amgen acquires Nuevolution from Sunstone Life Science Ventures and other shareholders

Target/Sellers: Nuevolution AB/ Sunstone Life Science Ventures A/S, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and Industrifonden AB
Outside Counsel: Vinge KB

Acquirer: Amgen Inc.
Investment Adviser: PJT Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra AB

Rank Group acquires online gaming company Stride Gaming 

Target: Stride Gaming plc
Investment Adviser: Investec Bank plc
Outside Counsel:
Pinsent Masons LLP
Carey Olsen
PR Firm: Hudson Sandler Ltd.

Acquirer: Rank Group plc
Investment Adviser: Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Mourant Ozannes LP
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.
Adviser:
Peel Hunt LLP
Goodbody Stockbrokers UC

Middle-Market Law Firm of the Year

  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Travers Smith LLP
  • Vinge KB

Middle-Market Investment Bank of the Year

  • Arma Partners LLP
  • DC Advisory Partners Ltd.
  • N+1 Singer Advisory LLP

Retail, Consumer, Food & Beverage

Retail, Consumer, Food & Beverage Deal of the Year

Coca-Cola acquires Costa from Whitbread  

Target/Seller: Costa Ltd./Whitbread plc
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank AG
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank: Ashurst LLP
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
PR Firm: Tulchan Communications LLP

Acquirer: Coca-Cola Co.
Investment Adviser: Rothschild
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Saputo agrees to acquire Britain’s Dairy Crest Group 

Target: Dairy Crest Group plc
Investment Adviser: Greenhill & Co. International LLP
Outside Counsel: Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP
Adviser:
Peel Hunt LLP
Shore Capital Group Ltd.

Acquirer: Saputo Dairy UK Ltd./Saputo Inc.
Investment Adviser: Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank: Ashurst LLP
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP

L Catterton’s Steiner Leisure sells Elemis to L’Occitane International

Target/Sellers: Elemis Ltd./Steiner Leisure Ltd. and L Catterton
Investment Adviser:
Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
PR Firm: Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: L’Occitane International SA
Outside Counsel: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Michael Kors acquires Gianni Versace, creating U.S. luxury conglomerate Capri

Target/Seller: Gianni Versace SpA/ Versace family
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Lazard Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Chiomenti Studio Legale

Acquirer: Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Barclays
Counsel to I-bank: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Outside Counsel: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Nestle sells skincare unit to EQT-led consortium

Target/Seller: Nestle Skin Health SA/Nestle SA
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Evercore Inc.
Outside Counsel: Linklaters LLP

Acquirers: EQT Partners AB, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Park Square Capital LLP, Luxinva SA and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Investment Adviser: Rothschild
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

Retail, Consumer, Food & Beverage Law Firm of the Year

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Linklaters LLP

Retail, Consumer, Food & Beverage Investment Bank of the Year

  • Lazard Ltd.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Numis Securities Ltd

Energy & Industrials

Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year

Swiss engineering group ABB sells power grids unit to Hitachi

Target/Seller: Power grid business/ABB Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd.
Credit Suisse Group
Dyal Co. LLC
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Homburger AG

Acquirer: Hitachi Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Lazard Ltd.

Ingersoll-Rand to spin off its industrial segment businesses to Gardner Denver 

Target/Seller: Industrials business/ Ingersoll-Rand plc
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Acquirers: Gardner Denver Holdings Inc./ KKR & Co. LP
Investment Adviser:
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: McGuireWoods LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel:
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm: Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Evonik Industries acquires PeroxyChem from One Equity Partners

Target/Seller: PeroxyChem LLC/ One Equity Partners LLC
Investment Adviser: Barclays
Outside Counsel: Dechert LLP
PR Firm: Stanton Public Relations & Marketing LLC

Acquirers: Evonik Industries AG/ RAG-Stiftung
Investment Adviser: Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC
Outside Counsel:
Stikeman Elliott LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Berry Group successfully acquires control of plastic packaging company RPC

Target: RPC Group plc
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Rothschild
Jefferies LLC
Deutsche Bank AG
Evercore Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Clifford Chance LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.

Acquirer: Berry Global Group Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Wells Fargo Securities LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Ashurst LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Merck KGaA prevails in bidding for Versum Materials 

Target: Versum Materials Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: Shearman & Sterling LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel: Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Special Counsel: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm: Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Acquirer:  Merck KGaA
Investment Adviser:
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Delaware Firms as Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Energy & Industrials Law Firm of the Year

  • Dechert LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Energy & Industrials Investment Bank of the Year

  • Barclays
  • Citigroup Inc.
  • Lazard Ltd.

Financial Services

Financial Services Deal of the Year

Challenger banks OneSavings Bank and Charter Court Financial agree to merge 

Target: Charter Court Financial Services Group plc
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
RBC Capital Markets
Outside Counsel: Linklaters LLP
PR Firm: Citigate Dewe Rogerson Ltd.

Acquirer: OneSavings Bank plc
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild
Barclays
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP
Adviser: KPMG LLP

Visa takes control of cross-border payments specialist Earthport

Target: Earthport plc
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild
N+1 Singer Capital Markets Ltd.
Outside Counsel: Bird & Bird LLP
PR Firm: Newgate Communications Ltd.

Acquirer: Visa Inc.
Investment Adviser: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Ashurst LLP

Marsh & McLennan acquires Jardine Lloyd Thompson 

Target: Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Simon Robertson Associates LLP
Outside Counsel: Clifford Chance LLP
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Acquirer: Marsh & McLennan Cos.
Investment Adviser: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Carey Olsen
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
PR Firm: Finsbury

Blackstone makes first Baltic investment with Luminor takeover

Target/Sellers: Luminor Group AB/Nordea Bank  
AB and DNB ASA
Investment Adviser: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Bugge, Arentz-Hansen & Rasmussen advokatfirma
Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyra KB

Acquirer: Blackstone Group Inc.
Investment Adviser: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Allen & Overy LLP
Ellex Valiunas
Hamilton Advokatbyra

Fidelity National acquires London payment tech company Worldpay

Target: Worldpay Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Morgan Stanley
Counsel to I-bank: Alston & Bird LLP
Outside Counsel: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm: Finsbury

Acquirer: Fidelity National Information Services Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Fenwick & West LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Outside Counsel: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Proxy Solicitor: Georgeson LLC

Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Financial Services Investment Bank of the Year

  • Credit Suisse Group
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Rothschild

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Deal of the Year

Merck acquires animal identification solutions company Antelliq from BC Partners

Target/Seller: Antelliq Group/BC Partners Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel: Latham & Watkins LLP

Acquirer: Merck & Co.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Barclays
Counsel to I-bank: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Outside Counsel: Covington & Burling LLP

Boston Scientific acquires London-listed medtech company BTG

Target: BTG plc
Investment Adviser:
Rothschild
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Deutsche Bank AG
Outside Counsel: Allen & Overy LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.

Acquirer: Boston Scientific Corp.
Investment Adviser: Barclays
Counsel to I-bank: White & Case LLP
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Travers Smith LLP
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Japan’s Takeda acquires London- and Nasdaq-listed Shire

Target: Shire plc
Investment Adviser: 
Citigroup Inc.
Morgan Stanley
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Mourant Ozannes LP
Proxy Solicitor: Georgeson LLC
PR Firm:
FTI Consulting Inc.

Acquirer: Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Nomura Securities Co. Ltd.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Evercore Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Ashurst LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Linklaters LLP
Torys LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Ogier Group LP
PR Firm:
Finsbury
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

GlaxoSmithKline acquires cancer drug specialist Tesaro

Target: Tesaro Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-bank: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Hogan Lovells
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Acquirer: GlaxoSmithKline plc
Investment Adviser:
PJT Partners Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Slaughter and May Ltd.
Information Agent: Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Pfizer acquires rare disease-focused drugmaker Therachon

Target/Seller: Therachon AG/Versant Venture Management LLC
Investment Adviser: Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Homburger AG
Cooley LLP

Acquirer: Pfizer Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Lenz & Staehelin

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Law Firm of the Year

  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Hogan Lovells

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Investment Bank of the Year

  • Centerview Partners LLC
  • Jefferies LLC
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Technology, Media & Telecom

Technology, Media & Telecom Deal of the Year

Generation Investment Management and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec acquire majority stake in FNZ

Target/Sellers: FNZ (UK) Ltd./H.I.G. Capital LLC and  
General Atlantic LLC
Investment Adviser: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.

Acquirers: Generation Investment Management LLP  
and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec
Outside Counsel:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm: Kekst CNC

Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquire Inmarsat 

Target: Inmarsat plc
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
JPMorgan Cazenove Ltd.
PJT Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel: Clifford Chance LLP
PR Firm: Headland PR Consultancy LLP

Acquirers: Apax Partners LLP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Warburg Pincus LLC
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Barclays
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

Macquarie buys IT service provider KCOM Group

Target: KCOM Group plc
Investment Adviser:
Investec Bank plc
Peel Hunt LLP
Rothschild
Outside Counsel:
Addleshaw Goodard LLP

Acquirer: Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Inc.
Investment Adviser: Barclays
Outside Counsel: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Merlin Entertainments acquired by Blackstone and Lego owner Kirkbi

Target: Merlin Entertainments plc
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Barclays
Outside Counsel: Slaughter and May Ltd.
PR Firm: Brunswick Group LLP

Acquirers: Blackstone Group LP and Kirkbi A/S
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ashurst LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
PR Firm: FTI Consulting Inc.

Comcast prevails in bidding for British broadcaster Sky

Target/Seller: Sky plc/Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Barclays
PJT Partners Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Hogan Lovells
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Acquirer: Comcast Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Partners Inc.
Robey Warshaw LLP
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
CMS Legal Services EEIG
Proxy Solicitor: MacKenzie Partners Inc.
PR Firm: Tulchan Communications LLP

Technology, Media & Telecom Law Firm of the Year

  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • CMS Legal Services EEIG

Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Bank of the Year

  • Robey Warshaw LLP
  • PJT Partners Inc.
  • UBS Investment Bank

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