The Deal Awards Europe London 2018 Winners

Nov. 01, 2018

Deal of the Year

Bayer AG acquires Monsanto Co. 

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
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: Credit Suisse Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rothschild
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, Dentons
Proxy Solicitor: D.F. King & Co.
PR Firm: Finsbury Hering Schuppener GPG, Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC, Brunswick Group LLP

Most Innovative Deal of the Year

Paddy Power Betfair plc merges U.S. operations with FanDuel Inc.

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

Private Equity Deal of the Year

KKR & Co. acquires Unilever NV’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

Private Equity Law Firm of the Year
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Private Equity Lawyer of the Year
Alex Woodward, Linklaters LLP

Private Equity Firm of the Year
PAI Partners SAS

Specialty Awards

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

U.K. Law Firm of the Year
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

U.K. Lawyer of the Year
Gemma Roberts, Goodwin Procter LLP

U.K. Investment Bank of the Year
Robey Warshaw LLP

Activist Adviser of the Year
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Activist of the Year in Europe
Elliott Management Corp.

Middle-Market Law Firm of the Year
Travers Smith LLP

Middle-Market Lawyer of the Year
Andrew Gillen, Travers Smith LLP

Middle-Market Investment Bank of the Year
Arma Partners LLP

Sector Awards

Retail & Restaurant Law Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance LLP

Retail & Restaurant Lawyer of the Year
Victoria Hills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Retail & Restaurant Investment Bank of the Year
Morgan Stanley

Consumer, Food & Beverage Law Firm of the Year
Mayer Brown LLP

Consumer, Food & Beverage Lawyer of the Year
Pierre-Yves Chabert, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Consumer, Food & Beverage Investment Bank of the Year
Credit Suisse Group

Energy, Power & Utilities Law Firm of the Year
Hengeler Mueller

Energy, Power & Utilities Lawyer of the Year
Will Pearce, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Energy, Power & Utilities Investment Bank of the Year

Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Financial Services Lawyer of the Year
Alexander Crosthwaite, Latham & Watkins LLP

Financial Services Investment Bank of the Year
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Entertainment & Media Law Firm of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Entertainment & Media Lawyer of the Year
Tom Mercer, Ashurst LLP

Entertainment & Media Investment Bank of the Year
UBS Investment Bank

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Law Firm of the Year
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Lawyer of the Year
Jörg Kirchner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Investment Bank of the Year
Jefferies LLC

Industrials & Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Industrials & Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year
Sébastien Prat, Bredin Prat

Industrials & Infrastructure Investment Bank of the Year
Rothschild & Co

Technology & Telecom Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy LLP

Technology & Telecom Lawyer of the Year
David Sonter, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Technology & Telecom Investment Bank of the Year
LionTree Advisors LLC

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