SOURCE: The M & A Advisor

The M & A Advisor

December 17, 2009 10:48 ET

The M&A Advisor Announces Winners of 8th Annual M&A Awards at New York Gala

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 17, 2009) - The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 2009 M&A Awards to a sold out crowd last night at the 8th Annual M&A Awards Gala at the New York Athletic Club. The event was hosted by FOX Business News anchor Dagen McDowell.

"The award winners represent the best of the M&A industry in 2009 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists," said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of The M&A Advisor. "Each winner should take pride in their award and the message it sends about the resilience of our industry."

The M&A Awards Gala honored deal-teams, deal-makers, and firms whose activities set the standard for the industry. This year, 170 finalists in 34 categories were chosen. An independent body of experts that span the M&A industry determined the ultimate recipients of the awards. Winners were revealed "Academy-Award style" at the gala.

In addition to the 2009 honorees, the late Bruce Wasserstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Ltd., was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger Aguinaldo, CEO, The M&A Advisor presented the award and led attendees in a moment of silence in remembrance of Mr. Wasserstein.

The M&A Advisor's 8th Annual Awards Gala honored excellence in deal-making for transactions over $10 million in value. The gala is one of the biggest and most exclusive networking events in the M&A industry.

A Complete list of the winners can be found at

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