Daily News: December 18, 2012

M&A Advisor Announces Winners for 11th Annual Awards


The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 2012 M&A Advisor Awards on December 11, 2012 at the 11th Annual M&A Advisor Awards at the New York Athletic Club. Bloomberg Television reporter Shannon Pettypiece hosted the event featuring a keynote address by Joe Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg.

“The award winners represent the best of the M&A industry in 2012 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive finalists,” said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of The M&A Advisor.

The 11th Annual Awards Gala honored the leading deal-teams, firms and deal-makers whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions. This year, a record of 423 nominees, representing over 600 companies, became finalists for the awards.

The winners include:

  • M&A Deal of the Year (Over $2.5 Billion): $8.1 billion merger of Burger King and Justice Holdings Ltd.: Greenberg Traurig, Tegris Advisors, Barclays Capital, Burger King, Justice Holdings Ltd., Price WaterHouse Coopers, and Sullivan and Cromwell.
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $2.5 Billion): Sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Management: Foley & Lardner, The Blackstone Group, Blackstone Advisory Partners, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Ernst & Young, Guggenheim Baseball Management, Guggenheim Securities, Kekst and Company, LA Partners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Morgan Lewis, Morrison & Foerster, SmartRoom, and Sullivan & Cromwell.
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Between $500MM and $1 Billion): Acquisition of 1-800 CONTACTS by WellPoint: Sonenshine Partners, 1-800 CONTACTS, Credit Suisse, Linklaters, Merrill Datasite, Ropes & Gray, and WellPoint Inc.
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Between $250MM and $500MM): Acquisition of Oliver Products Company by Berwind Corporation: Mesirow Financial, Berwind Corporation, CISCO Systems, CliftonLarsonAllen, Dechert, Ernst & Young, Intralinks, Jeffries & Company, Mason Wells, Oliver Products Company, and Quarles & Brady.
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Between $100MM and $250MM): Acquisition of MarketTools by TPG Growth and SurveyMonkey: Bridge Street Advisors, Deloitte, DLA Piper, Ernst & Young, MarketTools, Ropes & Gray, SurveyMonkey, TPG Growth, PwC, and Wilson Sonsini.
  • M&A Deal of the Year (Between $50MM and $100MM): Acquisition of GenturaDx, Inc. by Luminex Corporation: Bass Berry & Sims, Bay City Capital, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Cooley, DT Capital Partners, Ernst & Young, GenturaDx, IntraLinks, Luminex Corporation, Mohler, Nixon & Williams, O