Daily News: June 20, 2014

ACG NY Announces Champion’s Awards Winners

ACG New York and The M&A Advisor announced the names of 38 winners of the fourth annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards, recognizing companies, individual dealmakers and transactions in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions industry in the greater New York area.

The winners, selected in five major categories — including M&A Dealmaker of the Year, Firm of the Year, Deal of the Year, Deal Type and Sector —were celebrated by a sell-out audience of more than 200 at the ACG New York Champion’s Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The event was emceed by David Deutsch, founder & president of the New York-based investment banking firm David N. Deutsch & Company.

Among the winners, George Thacker III, managing director, CSG Partners, was named Dealmaker of the Year. Gordian Group was recognized as Investment Banking Firm of the Year; CBIZ MHM, LLC, as CPA Firm of the Year; and AGI Partners, as Private Equity Firm of the Year. Fifth Street Management topped three other firms as Senior Lender Firm of the Year. Duane Morris was honored as Law Firm of the Year.

The evening also paid tribute to Kenneth J. Kencel, vice chairman, Carlyle GMS Finance, as recipient of its 2014 Peter Hilton Founder’s Award; Robert Landis, a partner at The Riverside Company, as the recipient of this year’s ACG New York Chapter Leadership Award; and U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York as recipient of the ACG Growth Award. The selection of these honorees was previously announced.

Other winning firms announced during the evening included Business Development Asia, as M&A Advisory Firm of the Year; Murray, Devine & Company, Inc., as Valuation Advisor of the Year; Merrill DataSite, as Product and Service Provider of the Year; and East West Bank as ACG New York “Growth Story of the Year.” In addition, the $1.8 billion Acquisition of MacDermid, Inc. by Platform Acquisition Holdings was recognized as the Deal of the Year for transactions exceeding $500 million in value. Sale Capol GmbH was selected as the Leveraged Buyout of the Year by a Strategic Buyer (Over $100mm). Among sector awards, the acquisition of Skip Hop, Inc. by Fireman Capital Partners was selected as Consumer Deal of the Year (Over $50mm) from among six finalists.

For the list of all the finalists, click here.