SOURCE: The M & A Advisor

August 25, 2009 12:08 ET

The M&A Advisor Announces Finalists for First Annual Global M&A Awards

Finalists for U.S. Middle-Market Financing Awards Also Named

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 25, 2009) - The M&A Advisor today announced 94 finalists for the industry's first annual Global M&A Advisor Awards and 51 finalists for the fourth annual U.S. Middle-Market Financing Awards. The finalists -- in what is often referred to as the "Academy Awards for the M&A industry" -- will be judged by an independent panel and award recipients will be announced in September.

"The M&A Advisor is very pleased to introduce a new awards program to recognize international deals, dealmakers and firms," said Roger Aguinaldo, founder and chief executive of The M&A Advisor. "The trend toward global deals has been growing steadily, and because more than half the deals completed every year are outside the U.S., it made sense for us to broaden our focus and recognize important global transactions."

Global Finalists are divided into the following regional groupings:

--  Americas
--  Europe
--  Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Oceania
    

Finalists' transactions had to close between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 and be valued at US $10 million. There is no maximum limit on deal size.

U.S. Middle-Market Financing Awards Recognize Top Deals

The U.S. Middle-Market Financing Awards, now in its fourth year, is carrying on the tradition of recognizing financing deals and dealmakers in the United States. Finalists' transactions had to close between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 and have a transaction value of between $10 million and $1 billion.

Past recipients include investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey, financing firm PNC Financial, law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and financing firm Golub Capital.

"We are very pleased with the volume of nominations for both the Global and Middle-Market Financing Awards," Mr. Aguinaldo said. "In a challenging deal environment, where financing has been tight or non-existent, all the nominees have demonstrated that they are among the best, brightest, and most significant trendsetting dealmakers today. Congratulations to all the finalists."

Finalists for the first annual M&A Advisor Global M&A Awards and U.S. Middle-Market Awards are listed below.

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M&A Advisor Global Awards Finalists:

Region: Americas

Deal of the Year

Sale of Bancomext's Chilean toll road assets to Globalvia Infraestructuras
    - BNP Paribas
Acquisition of Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. by Royal
    Bank of Canada - Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
Sale of George Weston Ltd.'s U.S. Bakeries to Grupo Bimbo SA de CV - CIBC
    World Markets
Acquisition of Abebooks by Amazon.com - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Lift Technologies, Inc. by Calvi Holding S.r.l - Houlihan
    Lokey
Hunting plc's sale of Gibson Energy to Riverstone - Simmons & Company
    International
Reverse Morris Trust Split-off of Folgers Coffee by Procter & Gamble to
    J.M. Smucker - The Blackstone Group


Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year

Acquisition of Pyramid Energy Inc. by Fox Energy Corporation - Fox Energy
    Corporation
Acquisition of Abebooks by Amazon.com - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Lift Technologies, Inc. by Calvi Holding S.r.l - Houlihan
    Lokey


U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year (involving a company in the U.S.)

Reverse Morris Trust Split-off of Folgers Coffee by Procter & Gamble to
    J.M. Smucker - The Blackstone Group
Acquisition of Abebooks by Amazon.com - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Lift Technologies, Inc. by Calvi Holding S.r.l - Houlihan
    Lokey


Dealmaker of the Year

Mary Anne Citrino - The Blackstone Group
Abelardo Valenzuela - BNP Paribas
James P. Baker - Simmons & Company International


Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year

Sale of Bancomext's Chilean toll road assets to Globalvia Infraestructuras
    - BNP Paribas
Acquisition of Lift Technologies, Inc. by Calvi Holding S.r.l - Houlihan
    Lokey
Acquisition of Arlington Tankers by General Maritime Corporation - Kramer
    Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year

Reverse Morris Trust Split-off of Folgers Coffee by Procter & Gamble to
    J.M. Smucker - The Blackstone Group
Sale of George Weston Ltd.'s U.S. Bakeries to Grupo Bimbo SA de CV - CIBC
    World Markets
Acquisition of Abebooks by Amazon.com - Houlihan Lokey


Investment Banking Firm of the Year

The Blackstone Group Corporate Advisory Services
CIBC World Markets
Houlihan Lokey

Region: Europe

Deal of the Year

Acquisition of French Editis Group by the Spanish Grupo Planeta - Arsene
    Taxand
Acquisition of Albanian distribution company by CEZ - Deloitte
Acquisition of StarMine by Reuters - Marlin & Associates
Sale of RT Dooley Construction Company, Inc., to Balfour Beatty
    Construction Group, Inc. - McColl Partners, LLC
Bridge Financing for VEM / Merckle - Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Acquisition of Knaus Tabbert by HTP - Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Structuring of the first German SPAC - Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Acquisition of CoreValve Inc by Medtronic - Sofinnova Partners
Sale of Cookson Group plc's Hi-Tech Ceramics business to Süd-Chemie AG to
    Satisfy European Union Anti-trust Requirements - Vetus Partners


Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year

Acquisition of H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. by Intertek Group plc - Citi
    Capital Strategies
Acquisition of Albanian distribution company by CEZ - Deloitte
Genesys SA acquired by West Corporation - Houlihan Lokey
Sale of RT Dooley Construction Company, Inc., to Balfour Beatty
    Construction Group, Inc. - McColl Partners, LLC


Equity Financing Deal of the Year

Growth equity financing of Sulfurcell Solartechnik GmbH - EquityGate
    Advisors GmbH
Acquisition of Tenimenti Fontanafredda by Fondazione Monte Dei Paschi Di
    Siena - Fondazione Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena
Acquisition of Bank BPH S.A. by G.E. Capital International Financing
    Corporation - Grimaldi E Associati


U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year (involving a company located in the
U.S.)

Acquisition of H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. by Intertek Group plc - Citi
    Capital Strategies
Acquisition of Tenfore Systems by Morningstar - Marlin & Associates
Sale of RT Dooley Construction Company, Inc., to Balfour Beatty
    Construction Group, Inc. - McColl Partners, LLC
Sale of Cookson Group plc's Hi-Tech Ceramics business to Süd-Chemie AG to
    Satisfy European Union Anti-trust Requirements - Vetus Partners
Acquisition of Odyssey Industries, Inc. by Hampson Industries US, Inc. -
    Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.


Dealmaker of the Year

Pavel Dedek - Deloitte Advisory
Eric Andreozzi - McColl Partners, LLC
R. Jamison Williams, Jr. - Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.


Healthcare/Life Sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech, etc) Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Eurocut LTD by Semes LTD - Semes LTD
Acquisition of CoreValve Inc by Medtronic - Sofinnova Partners
Acquisition of Avenira Center AB by Frosunda LLS AB - White & Case LLP


Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Knaus Tabbert by HTP - Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Acquisition of Borsig by KNM group - Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP
Sale of Cookson Group plc's Hi-Tech Ceramics business to Süd-Chemie AG to
    Satisfy European Union Anti-trust Requirements - Vetus Partners


Professional Services (B-to-B focus) Deal of the Year

Acquisition of H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. by Intertek Group plc - Citi
    Capital Strategies
Sale of RT Dooley Construction Company, Inc., to Balfour Beatty
    Construction Group, Inc. - McColl Partners, LLC
Structuring of the first German SPAC - Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz


Energy Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Segebel SA by Centrica PLC - Centrica PLC
Acquisition of Albanian distribution company by CEZ - Deloitte
Acquisition of Encore Oil Nederland BV by Taqa Energy BV - Taqa Energy BV


Investment Banking Firm of the Year

Houlihan Lokey
Lincoln International LLC
Marlin & Associates


Private Equity Firm of the Year

3i Group plc
CVC Capital Partners
Sofinnova Partners


M&A Product/Service of the Year

Bowne Virtual Dataroom
Capital IQ
Merrill Datasite


Law Firm of the Year

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz
Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

Region: Asia, Middle East, Africa and Oceania

Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Peak International Limited by S&G Company - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Aladdin Knowledge Systems by Affiliates of Vector Capital -
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Sale of controlling stake in Aztecsoft Ltd to Mindtree Ltd - YES Bank


Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year

Acquisition of Peak International Limited by S&G Company - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Nortel Network's Layer 4-7 Application Delivery Business by
    Radware - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Acquisition of controlling stake in Infomedia India Ltd by TV - YES Bank


Turnaround Deal of the Year

Restructuring of Centro Properties Group - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
    LLP
Restructuring of Daito ME Co. - Daito Holdings KK
Restructuring of Bank Lippo Tbk, PT - Khazanah Nasional Bhd


Green/Environmental Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Aqwise-Water Technologies, LTD by Elron Electronic
Industries, LTD - Elron Electronic
    Industries, LTD
Acquisition of UEM World BHD's remaining businesses and undertakings by UEM
Group Berhad - UEM
    Group Berhad
Formation of a joint venture and acquisition of Honiton Energy Holdings plc
    by the joint venture - YES Bank


Information Technology (includes internet, computers, etc) Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Peak International Limited by S&G Company - Houlihan Lokey
Acquisition of Aladdin Knowledge Systems by Affiliates of Vector Capital -
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Sale of controlling stake in Aztecsoft Ltd to Mindtree Ltd - YES Bank


Media, Entertainment or Telecom Deal of the Year

Acquisition of 35.19% stake in Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd by Global
    Telecommunications Holdings NV - Clifford Chance
Acquisition of Nortel Network's Layer 4-7 Application Delivery Business by
    Radware - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Acquisition of controlling stake in Infomedia India Ltd by TV - YES Bank


Law Firm of the Year

Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc.
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Shin & Kim

M&A Advisor U.S. Middle-Market Financing Finalists:

Major Deal Categories:

Middle-Market M&A Financing Deal of the Year

Vertis/American Color Graphics merger - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Leveraged Recapitalization of Brook & Whittle, Ltd - Citi Capital
    Strategies
Take Private of Meadow Valley Corporation - Insight Equity
Stone Point Capital LLC (with co-investors) debt and equity investment in
    Amherst Holdings, LLC - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Acquisition Financing of Food Services Company - The PNC Financial Services
    Group, Inc.


Debt Financing Deal of the Year

Media Rights Capital's $350 million credit facility - Akin Gump Strauss
    Hauer & Feld LLP
American Apparel Secured Second Lien Credit Facility - Financo Inc.
Asset-based Financing of Columbia Forest Products, Inc. - Houlihan Lokey
Scientific Games International Credit Transaction - Kramer Levin Naftalis &
    Frankel LLP


Equity Financing Deal of the Year

Take Private of Meadow Valley Corporation - Insight Equity
Acquisition of Intel's Optical Platform Division by Emcore Corporation -
    Jones Day
Common Stock Follow-on Offering/Confidential Accelerated Placement for
    Regal Beloit Corporation - Robert W. Baird & Co.


Deal-Maker of the Year

Steve McLaughlin - FT Partners
Howard T. Spilko - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Steven G. Booth - Robert W. Baird & Co.


Distressed Financing Deal of the Year

Reorganization of Mrs. Fields - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Distressed Financing of Lyman Lumber Company - Alliance Management
Asset-based Financing of Columbia Forest Products, Inc. - Houlihan Lokey


Acquisition Financing Deal of the Year

Leveraged Recapitalization of Brook & Whittle, Ltd - Citi Capital
    Strategies
Take Private of Meadow Valley Corporation - Insight Equity
Acquisition Financing of Food Services Company - The PNC Financial Services
    Group, Inc.

Sector Deal Categories:

Media, Entertainment, or Telecom Deal of the Year

Media Rights Capital's $350 million credit facility - Akin Gump Strauss
    Hauer & Feld LLP
Vertis/American Color Graphics merger - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Scientific Games International Credit Transaction - Kramer Levin Naftalis &
    Frankel LLP


Energy Deal of the Year

El Paso Pipeline Partners' acquisition of assets from El Paso Corporation -
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Acquisition of Henry Petroleum LP by Concho Resources Inc. - Vinson &
    Elkins LLP
Acquisition of Intermountain Gas Company by MDU Resources Group Inc. -
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution & Goods/Services

Leveraged Recapitalization of Brook & Whittle, Ltd - Citi Capital
    Strategies
Take Private of Meadow Valley Corporation - Insight Equity
Common Stock Follow-on Offering/Confidential Accelerated Placement for
    Regal Beloit Corporation - Robert W. Baird & Co.


Real Estate Sector Deal

Acquisition of Hyatt Regency Phoenix hotel from Strategic Hotels and
    Resorts Inc. by DiNapoli Capital Partners LLC - DiNapoli Capital
    Partners LLC
Formation of Private National Mortgage Acceptance Company, LLC - Kramer
    Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Acquisition of Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel from Sunstone Hotel
    Investors Inc. by Next Century Associates LLC - Next Century
    Associates LLC


Retail Manufacturing/Distribution & Goods/Services

Reorganization of Mrs. Fields - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
American Apparel Secured Second Lien Credit Facility - Financo Inc.
Chapter 11 Reorganization of Hancock Fabrics, Inc. - Morris, Nichols, Arsht
    & Tunnell LLP


Financial Services Deal of the Year

Acquisition of First Southwest Company by Plains Capital Corporation - Akin
    Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Acquisition of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. by RiskMetrics
    Group, Inc. - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Stone Point Capital LLC (with co-investors) debt and equity investment in
    Amherst Holdings, LLC. - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Agent/Firm/Product Categories:

Debt Financing Agent of the Year

Fifth Street Capital
Golub Capital
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.


Investment Banking Firm of the Year

FT Partners
Lincoln International LLC
Robert W. Baird & Co.


Mezzanine Financing Agent of the Year

American Capital Strategies Ltd.
Golub Capital
Prudential Capital Group


Private Equity Sponsor of the Year

Insight Equity
Lone Star New Markets LP
Stone Point Capital

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