Top European M&A Advisers of 2017 named by Mergermarket

08 December 2017 - 10:00 am UTC

London, United Kingdom, 8th December 2017: Mergermarket, leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, announced the winners of the 2017 European M&A Awards last night at a gala dinner at Banqueting House in London. The judging panel named 42 winners in financial and legal advisory from the region. The rigorous judging process included an analysis of Mergermarket’s market-leading league tables followed by a shortlist announcement and scrutiny by a panel of expert judges.
 
Kathleen Van Aerden, Head of Research EMEA at Mergermarket and member of the judging panel commented on the 2017 European M&A landscape:
“While global M&A stumbled in 2017 due to increasing uncertainty, Europe has been a bright spot. Deals targeting the region account for almost a third of total M&A, the highest figure for a number of years, as the economic recovery in Europe gains pace. The Eurozone in particular has seen strong M&A deal-flow, on the back of strong GDP figures across the continent.”
 
 M&A Financial advisers:
Goldman Sachs received the award for European M&A Financial Adviser of the Year reclaiming the title from last year’s winners Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Goldman Sachs advised on a number of high-profile mandates this year including Qualcomm’s £37.5bn bid for NXP Semiconductors, Linde in its £35bn merger with Praxair and Atlantia’s £26bn approach for Abertis. EY received the accolade of European Mid-Market Financial Adviser of the Year in acknowledgement of the growth in their advisory offering on mid-market transactions.
 
M&A Legal advisers:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was awarded European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year as well as topping Mergermarket’s rankings, having advised on 77 deals including mandates for Johnson & Johnson, Total, Hellman & Friendman and Aberdeen Asset Management. Baker McKenzie picked up the Mid-Market Legal Adviser award recognising their client-centric approach including advising on key cross-border European mid-market M&A deals.
 
Private equity:
Rothschild took home the prize for Private Equity Financial Adviser of 2017 having been involved in the £1.3bn sale of Parkdean Resorts to Epiris, running the successful sale of ABD Safegate and Bain Capital’s takeover of Stada. CMS was awarded Private Equity Legal Adviser courtesy of trusted advice to prominent clients including BC Partners, CVC, Epiris, CVC Inflexion, Aurelius, Oaktree and LDC.
 
M&A Deal of the Year:
In an audience vote on the evening, the buyout of Visma was crowned the European M&A Deal of the Year. The award was collected by ABG Sundal Collier Holding on behalf of their client KKR.
 
Winners:
European M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Goldman Sachs
European Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - EY
European Private Equity Financial Adviser of the Year – Rothschild
Accountancy Firm of the Year – EY
European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
European Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Baker McKenzie
European Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year – CMS
 
M&A Financial Advisory Country Awards:
Austria M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Deloitte
Baltics M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – SUMMA Advisers
Benelux M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – ING
Central & Eastern Europe M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – EY
Denmark M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Rothschild
Finland M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Danske Bank
France M&A Financial Adviser of the Year -Lazard
Germany M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ireland M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Deloitte
Israel M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Rothschild
Italy M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Citi
Norway M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – ABG Sundal Sollier Holding ASA
Spain M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – PwC
Sweden M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Carnegie Investment Bank AB
Switzerland M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Alantra
Turkey M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – IS Investment Securities
United Kingdom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – JP Morgan
 
Legal Advisory Country Awards:
Austria M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Schoenherr
Baltics M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Sorainen
Benelux M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – DLA Piper
Central & Eastern Europe M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – White & Case
Denmark M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Bech-Bruun
Finland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Castren & Snellman
France M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – CMS
Germany M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Hengeler Mueller
Ireland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Matheson
Israel M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Edinast, Ben Nathan Toledan & Co
Italy M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Gianni Origoni Grippo Capelli & Partners
Norway M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Schjodt
Spain M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Pérez-Llorca
Sweden M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Vinge
Switzerland M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Homburger
Turkey M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Balcioglu Selcuk Akman Keki
United Kingdom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – DLA Piper
 
About Mergermarket:
Mergermarket, an Acuris company, has more than 300 dedicated M&A journalists and analysts active across global markets. Reporters talk directly to CEOs, CFOs and other industry contacts, providing highly specialized analysis and data for subscribers to make informed decisions. Mergermarket has grown to become an indispensable resource for M&A professionals and the wider transaction advisory community.
 
About the Mergermarket European M&A Awards:
Mergermarket European M&A Awards gather senior dealmakers from across the region at an annual gala dinner. Over 40 prizes are awarded for creative advisory work on complex transactions. The rigorous judging process is unique starting with analysis of Mergermarket’s market-leading tables followed by a shortlist announcement and scrutiny by a panel of expert judges. The awards, now in its 11th year, recognises outstanding contributions to M&A advisory from the year.
 
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