The Deal Awards New York 2020 - Shortlist

Sep. 25, 2020

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Deal of the Year

AbbVie buys botox maker Allergan
Target: Allergan plc
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Arthur Cox
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Gilbert & Tobin
Bennett Jones LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Information Agent:
Okapi Partners LLC
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: AbbVie Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
McCann FitzGerald
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.

Merck expands oncology pipeline with ArQule
Target: ArQule Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Information agent :
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Merck & Co.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Outside Counsel:
Covington & Burling LLP
Baker Botts LLP

Disney sells regional sports networks to gain clearance for Fox TV and media assets
Target/Seller: Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network LLC/Walt Disney Co.
Investment Adviser:
Allen & Co. LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Acquirers: Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., RedBird Capital Partners LLC, Mubadala Capital, Blackstone Group Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
Investment Adviser:
LionTree Advisors LLC
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Special Counsel:
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
PR Firm:
Gagnier Communications LLC

Broadcom acquires security business from Symantec creating independent NortonLifeLock
Target/Seller: Enterprise Security Business/Symantec Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Fenwick & West LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Broadcom Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Barclays
RBC Capital Markets
Morgan Stanley
Wells Fargo Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Cooley LLP
Special Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

United Technologies and Raytheon merge to form aerospace giant
Target/Seller: Raytheon Co.
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
RBC Capital Markets
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Counsel to I-banks:
White & Case LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: United Technologies Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Special Counsel:
Crowell & Moring LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Covington & Burling LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Georgeson LLC

CBS-Viacom rejoin forces after decade apart
Target: Viacom Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
LionTree Advisors LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Finsbury
Acquirer: CBS Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Lazard Ltd.
Centerview Partners LLC
Moelis & Co. LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel:
Jones Day
Information Agent:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

Cross-border Deal of the Year

Elanco Animal Health pays stock and cash for the animal health unit of Bayer
Target/Seller: Animal health business/Bayer AG
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-banks:
Alston & Bird LLP
Outside Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Acquirer: Elanco Animal Health Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Duff & Phelps Corp.
Counsel to I-banks:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Hengeler Mueller
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Mastercard acquires corporate services business of Denmark’s Net A/S
Target/Sellers: Nets A/S/StepStone Group LP, Sampo Oyj, Bain Capital LLC, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Fisher Lynch Capital LLC, GIC Pte. Ltd. and Advent International Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Acquirer: Mastercard Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Clifford Chance 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 Tétrault LLP
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Mourant Ozannes LP
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-banks:
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:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Finsbury

Mylan acquires Upjohn from Pfizer to form Viatris
Target/Seller: Upjohn Inc./Pfizer Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
PR Firm:
Gladstone Place Partners LLC
Acquirer: Mylan NV
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Stibbe
NautaDutilh NV
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Merck KGaA prevails in bidding for Versum Materials
Target: Versum Materials Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Citigroup Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Delaware Firm 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 Firm as Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC

Dealmaker of the Year

Atif Azher, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Mark Greene, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Katie Sudol, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
William Taylor, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Adam Turteltaub, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Public Relations Firm of the Year

Brunswick Group LLP
Edelman Financial Group Inc.
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Kekst CNC
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Most Innovative Deal of the Year

Toyota, Softbank invest in Uber autonomous unit Advanced Technologies Group
Target/Seller: Advanced Technologies Group/Uber Technologies Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Acquirers: Toyota Motor Corp., Denso Corp. and Softbank Vision Fund
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Volkswagen acquires additional stake in self-driving startup Argo from Ford
Target/Seller: Argo AI LLC/Ford Motor Co.
Outside Counsel:
Covington & Burling LLP
Hogan Lovells
Acquirer: Volkswagen AG
Outside Counsel:
Sidley Austin LLP

Bookstore owner Barnes & Noble taken private by Elliott
Target: Barnes & Noble Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Baker Botts LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Information Agent:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Elliott Management Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Information Agent:
Okapi Partners LLC

Mylan acquires Upjohn from Pfizer to form Viatris
Target/Seller: Upjohn Inc./Pfizer Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV
PR Firm:
Gladstone Place Partners LLC
Acquirer: Mylan NV
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Stibbe
NautaDutilh NV
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

CBS, Viacom iron out complex details to rejoin forces
Target: Viacom Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
LionTree Advisors LLC
Counsel to I-bank:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Finsbury
Acquirer: CBS Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Lazard Ltd.
Centerview Partners LLC
Moelis & Co. LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel:
Jones Day
Information Agent:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

Specialty Awards

Private Equity Deal of the Year

Clearlake Capital and TA Associates acquire stake in DigiCert from Thoma Bravo
Target/Seller: DigiCert Inc./Thoma Bravo LLC
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Acquirers: Clearlake Capital Group LP and TA Associates Inc.
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Outside Counsel:
Sidley Austin LLP
Goodwin Procter LLP
PR Firm:
Owen Blicksilver Public Relations Inc.
BackBay Communications Inc.

Blackstone acquires GLP’s U.S. logistics assets
Target/Seller: U.S. logistics assets/GLP Pte. Ltd. and CIC Partners LP
Investment Adviser:
Eastdil Secured LLC
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Acquirer: Blackstone Group Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Eastdil Secured LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Citigroup Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Barclays
Morgan Stanley
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Deutsche Bank AG
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Delaware Firm as Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Brookfield Business Partners buys Johnson Controls’ power solutions business
Target/Seller: Power Solutions Business/Johnson Controls International plc
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Barclays
Counsel to I-banks:
White & Case LLP
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PR Firm:
Gladstone Place Partners LLC
Acquirers: Brookfield Business Partners LP and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Investment Adviser:
Bank of Nova Scotia
CIBC World Markets Corp.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Credit Suisse Group
RBC Capital Markets
Deutsche Bank AG
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
HSBC Bank plc
BMO Capital Markets Corp.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
TD Securities Inc.
Citigroup Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
PR Firm:
Gasthalter & Co. LP

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice sells Tranzact to Willis Towers Watson acquires
Target/Seller: Tranzact Holdings LLC/Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Acquirer: Willis Towers Watson plc
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Goldman-backed GS Acquisition merges with Platinum Equity’s Vertiv
Target/Seller: Vertiv Holdings LLC/Platinum Equity LLC
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Acquirer: GS Acquisition Holdings Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Restructuring Deal of the Year

Dean Foods strikes seven sale deals
Debtor: Dean Foods (Southern Foods Group LLC)
Legal Counsel: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Restructuring Adviser: Alvarez & Marsal LLC
Investment Bank: Evercore Partners Inc.

PG&E winds up massive restructuring of wildfire liabilities
Debtor: PG&E Corp.
Legal Counsel: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Restructuring Adviser: AlixPartners LLP
Investment Bank: Lazard Ltd.

Mediation yields rare return for PHI shareholders
Debtor: PHI Inc.
Legal Counsel: DLA Piper
Jones Walker LLP
Restructuring Adviser: FTI Consulting Inc.
Investment Bank: Houlihan Lokey Inc.

Sungard Availability Services Capital sets new Chapter 11 speed record
Debtor: Sungard Availability Services Capital Inc.
Legal Counsel: Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Restructuring Adviser: AlixPartners LLP
Investment Bank: Centerview Partners LLC

Syncreon becomes first U.S.-based enterprise to use scheme of arrangement for debt restructuring
Debtor: Syncreon Group BV
Legal Counsel: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Loyens & Loeff NV
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Restructuring Adviser: AlixPartners LLP
Investment Bank: PJT Partners LP

Private Equity Dealmaker of the Year

Robert Langdon, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Jeffrey Poss, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Kevin M. Schmidt, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Todd Hentges, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Brad Faris, Latham & Watkins LLP

Restructuring Advisory Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Evercore Inc.
AlixPartners LLP

Activist Defense Law Firm of the Year

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

Proxy Solicitor of the Year (Activist Defense)

D.F. King & Co.
Georgeson LLC
Innisfree M&A Inc.
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Morrow Sodali Global LLC

Sector Awards

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Deal of the Year

KKR buys Arnott’s and certain international assets from Campbell Soup
Target/Seller: International business/Campbell Soup Co.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Centerview Partners LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Outside Counsel:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
King & Wood Mallesons
Acquirer: KKR & Co.
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
UBS Investment Bank
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Allens
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Avon sold to Natura after years of reshuffling
Target: Avon Products Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
White & Case LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Natura Cosmeticos SA
Investment Adviser:
UBS Investment Bank
Morgan Stanley
Lazard Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
PR Firm:
Brunswick Group LLP

Shiseido acquires Drunk Elephant from Man Repeller and VMG Partners
Target/Sellers: Drunk Elephant Holdings LLC/VMG Partners and Man Repeller LLC
Investment Adviser:
Moelis & Co. LLC
Financo LLC
Outside Counsel:
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Acquirer: Shiseido Americas Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel:
Jones Day
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Ferrero International acquires brands including Keebler and Famous Amos from Kellogg
Target/Seller: Select snacks assets/Kellogg Co.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Partners Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Acquirer: Ferrero International SA
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

E. & J. Gallo Winery acquires wine and spirits brands from Constellation Brands
Target/Seller: 30 wine & spirits brands/Constellation Brands Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Nixon Peabody LLP
Acquirer: E. & J. Gallo Winery
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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

Centerview Partners LLC
Goldman, Sachs & Co,
JPMorgan Securities LLC
Lazard & Co. Ltd.
UBS

Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Dealmaker of the Year

John Bick, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Martin Clarke, Holland & Knight LLP
Sean Doyle, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Peter Laveran-Stiebar, Covington & Burling LLP
Marita Makinen, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Energy & Industrials

Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year

Volkswagen acquires additional stake in self-driving startup Argo from Ford
Target/Seller: Argo AI LLC/Ford Motor Co.
Outside Counsel:
Covington & Burling LLP
Hogan Lovells
Acquirer: Volkswagen AG
Outside Counsel:
Sidley Austin LLP

Parker Hannifin acquires specialty materials maker Lord
Target: Lord Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Outside Counsel:
Jones Day
Acquirer: Parker Hannifin Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Special Counsel:
Mayer Brown LLP
Counsel to I-bank:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Stonepeak Infrastructure acquires Oryx Midstream from Concho, Post Oak and others
Target/Sellers: Oryx Midstream Services LLC/Quantum Energy Partners LP, Post Oak Energy Capital LP, Concho Resources Inc. and WPX Energy Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Jefferies LLC
Citigroup Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Counsel to I-banks:
White & Case LLP
PR Firms:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Investment Adviser:
Barclays
Outside Counsel:
Sidley Austin LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board acquires Pattern Energy
Target: Pattern Energy Group Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Counsel to I-banks:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Kekst CNC
Acquirer: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Investment Adviser:
BofA Securities Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP

United Technologies and Raytheon merge to form aerospace giant
Target: Raytheon Co.
Investment Adviser:
Citigroup Inc.
RBC Capital Markets
Outside Counsel:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Counsel to I-banks:
White & Case LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: United Technologies Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Evercore Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Special Counsel:
Crowell & Moring LLP
Counsel to I-banks:
Covington & Burling LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Georgeson LLC

Energy & Industrials Law Firm of the Year

Shearman & Sterling LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Stikeman & Elliott LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP

 

Energy & Industrials Investment Bank of the Year

Barclays
Evercore Partners Inc.
Jefferies LLC
Morgan Stanley
Perella Weinberg Partners LP/Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC

Energy & Industrials Dealmaker of the Year

Peter Bowden, Jefferies LLC
Phil Ingle, Morgan Stanley
Doug McWilliams, Vinson & Elkins LLP
Clare O’Brien, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Raymond Strong, Evercore Inc.

Financial Services

Financial Services Deal of the Year

Prudential Financial adds direct-to-consumer financial wellness platform Assurance IQ
Target: Assurance IQ Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Financial Technology Partners LP
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Acquirer: Prudential Financial Inc.
Outside Counsel:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Delaware Firm as Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
PR Firm:
Edelman Inc.

LSE adds Refinitiv from Blackstone, CPPIB, Thomson Reuters and GIC
Target/Sellers: Refinitiv/Blackstone Group Inc., GIC Pte. Ltd., Thomson Reuters Corp. and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Jefferies LLC
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Allen & Overy LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Dechert LLP
Torys LLP
PR Firm:
Eterna Partners
Acquirer: London Stock Exchange Group plc
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Barclays
Robey Warshaw LLP
Financial Technology Partners LP
Outside Counsel:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
PR Firm:
Teneo Global LLC
Adviser:
Oliver Wyman Group
RBC Capital Markets

Charles Schwab acquires TD Ameritrade from Ricketts Foundation and Toronto-Dominion Bank 
Target/Sellers: TD Ameritrade Holding Corp./Ricketts Family Foundation and Toronto-Dominion Bank
Investment Adviser:
Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP
PJT Partners Inc.
Barclays
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
TD Securities Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Charles Schwab acquires TD Ameritrade from Ricketts Foundation and Toronto-Dominion Bank  (Continued)
Acquirer: Charles Schwab Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Outside Counsel:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
D.F. King & Co.

Invesco acquires OppenheimerFunds from MassMutual
Target/Seller: OppenheimerFunds Inc./Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.
Investment Adviser:
Lazard Ltd.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Dechert LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Acquirer: Invesco Ltd.
Investment Adviser:
Ardea Partners LP
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Global Payments acquires fellow payment tech company Total System Services
Target: Total System Services Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Greenhill & Co.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-banks:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Outside Counsel:
King & Spalding LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Global Payments Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Counsel to I-banks:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Stikeman Elliott LLP

Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Financial Services Investment Bank of the Year

Jefferies LLC
Piper Sandler Cos.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.
Evercore Inc.
Raymond James Financial Inc.

Financial Services Dealmaker of the Year

James Dunne, Piper Sandler Cos.
Lee Meyerson, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Robert S. Rachofsky, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
William Taylor, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Alexander Yavorsky, Jefferies LLC

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Deal of the Year

3M buys Acelity from PPIB and Apax
Target/Sellers: Acelity LP Inc./Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Apax Partners LLP
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Jackson Walker LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Acquirer: 3M Co.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Counsel to I-bank:
Alston & Bird LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Blank Rome LLP

AbbVie buys botox maker Allergan
Target: Allergan plc
Investment Adviser:
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Evercore Inc.
Counsel to I-bank:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Arthur Cox
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Gilbert & Tobin
Bennett Jones LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.
Information Agent:
Okapi Partners LLC
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Acquirer: AbbVie Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
PJT Partners Inc.
Counsel to I-banks:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
McCann FitzGerald
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
PR Firm:
Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.

Merck expands oncology pipeline with ArQule
Target: ArQule Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Centerview Partners LLC
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Information agent :
D.F. King & Co.
Acquirer: Merck & Co.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Counsel to I-bank:
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Outside Counsel:
Covington & Burling LLP
Baker Botts LLP

Partners Group takes majority stake in EyeCare Partners from FFL Partners
Target/Seller: EyeCare Partners LLC/FFL Partners LLC
Investment Adviser:
Moelis & Co. LLC
Harris Williams & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
PR Firm:
Stanton Public Relations & Marketing LLC
Acquirer: Partners Group AG
Outside Counsel:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Thermo Fisher sells anatomical pathology unit to KKR’s PHC to form Epredia
Target/Seller: Thermo Fisher anatomical pathology business/Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirers: PHC Holdings Corp., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Panasonic Corp. and KKR & Co.
Investment Adviser:
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd.
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch PartmbB
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Law Firm of the Year

Covington & Burling LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Investment Bank of the Year

Barclays plc
Centerview Partners LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Moelis & Co.
Morgan Stanley

Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Dealmaker of the Year

Catherine Dargan, Covington & Burling LLP
Clint Gartin, Morgan Stanley
Jeremy Meilman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Eric Tokat, Centerview Partners LLC
Neil Townsend, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Telecom, Media & Technology

Telecom, Media & Technology Deal of the Year

Disney sells regional sports networks to gain clearance for Fox TV and media assets 
Target/Seller: Fox Regional Networks and Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network LLC/Walt Disney Co.
Investment Adviser:
Allen & Co. LLC
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Acquirers: Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., RedBird Capital Partners LLC, Mubadala Capital, Blackstone Group Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.
Investment Adviser:
LionTree Advisors LLC
Guggenheim Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Special Counsel:
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
PR Firm:
Gagnier Communications LLC

Salesforce acquires Tableau Software from OpenLink
Target/Seller: Tableau Software Inc./OpenLink Financial LLC
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cooley LLP
Delaware Firm as Outside Counsel:
Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Acquirer: Salesforce.com Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Morrow Sodali Global LLC
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Broadcom acquires security business from Symantec creating independent NortonLifeLock
Target/Seller: Enterprise Security Business/Symantec Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Counsel to I-bank:
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Outside Counsel:
Fenwick & West LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirer: Broadcom Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Credit Suisse Group
Barclays
RBC Capital Markets
Morgan Stanley
Wells Fargo Securities LLC
Outside Counsel:
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Cooley LLP
Special Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

CBS finally tunes in to MTV parent Viacom
Target: Viacom Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
LionTree Advisors LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Latham & Watkins LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC
Finsbury
Acquirer: CBS Corp.
Investment Adviser:
Evercore Inc.
Lazard Ltd.
Centerview Partners LLC
Moelis & Co. LLC
Counsel to I-banks:
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Outside Counsel:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Special Counsel:
Jones Day
Information Agent:
MacKenzie Partners Inc.

Digital Colony and EQT Partners acquire Zayo
Target/Seller: Zayo Group Holdings Inc.
Investment Adviser:
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Counsel to I-banks:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Outside Counsel:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Proxy Solicitor:
Innisfree M&A Inc.
PR Firm:
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Acquirers: Digital Colony Management LLC and EQT Partners AB
Investment Adviser:
Morgan Stanley
Deutsche Bank AG
Outside Counsel:
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
PR Firm:
Kekst CNC
Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

Telecom, Media & Technology Law Firm of the Year

Cooley LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 

Telecom, Media & Technology Investment Bank of the Year

Bank of America Securities Inc.
Evercore Partners Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
JPMorgan, Chase & Co.
Morgan Stanley

Telecom, Media & Technology Dealmaker of the Year

George Boutros, Qatalyst Partners
Jane Gladstone, Evercore Partners Inc.
Edward Herlihy, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Sue Meng, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Faiza Saeed, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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