Press Release: Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards 2020 Recognises Top Financial and Legal Advisers

01 October 2020

Sydney, 1 October 2020 – Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, announced the winners of its Australia M&A awards 2020 during a virtual video broadcast at 12.00pm on 1 October. 
 
The Australia M&A Awards recognise the financial and legal advisers’ excellence in M&A Advisory of Australia-related deals and are based on the Mergermarket league tables with input from an independent judging panel of seven industry experts and two professionals from Acuris. 
 
Of the M&A financial adviser nominations, Mergermarket once again named Goldman Sachs as the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. They also won Cross-Border M&A Financial Adviser of the Year, and the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year title in the Business Services and Consumer sectors. Of the legal adviser nominations, Gilbert + Tobin was awarded the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, as well as the Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. They also took the title of M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in the Consumer sector, while Herbert Smith Freehills won in the Business Services and Energy Mining & Utilities categories.
 
In the private equity sector, the Private Equity Deal of the Year went to Zenith Energy (Pacific Equity Partners), while Allens won the Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year. Virgin Australia (Bain Capital & QIC) was named the M&A Deal of the Year.
Intralinks were the primary sponsor of the Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards. Mark Collins, Country Director of Australia and New Zealand for Acuris said, “Despite challenging conditions and unprecedented complexity in cross-border deals, the calibre of deal submissions has been impressive . We’re delighted to announce the winners virtually, and look forward to the next time the Australian M&A community can gather in person to recognise industry excellence.” 
 
The complete list of the Australia M&A Awards are as follows: 
 
Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Deloitte
Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Gilbert + Tobin
Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Gilbert + Tobin
Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Goldman Sachs
Consumer M&A Deal of the Year – Bellamy’s Australia (China Mengniu Dairy)
Business Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Herbert Smith Freehills
Business Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Goldman Sachs
Business Services M&A Deal of the Year – Broadspectrum (Ventia)
M&A Collaboration of the Year – Hall & Wilcox
Private Equity Legal Advisor of the Year – Allens
Private Equity Deal of the Year – Zenith Energy (Pacific Equity Partners)
Energy, Mining and Utilities M&A Legal Adviser of the Year Herbert Smith Freehills
Energy, Mining and Utilities M&A Financial Adviser of the Year Credit Suisse
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Deal of the Year – Infigen Energy (Iberdrola)
Cross-border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Allen & Overy
Cross-border M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Goldman Sachs
M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Gilbert + Tobin
M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Goldman Sachs
M&A Deal of the Year – Virgin Australia (Bain Capital & QIC)
 
The panel of judges included:
 
Catherine Brenner, Founding Panel Member, Adara Partners
Tim Burroughs, Panel Member, Adara Partners
Peter Mason AM, Founding Panel Member, Adara Partners
Mike Roche, Managing Director, M R Advisory Pty Ltd
Tim Sims, Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners
Professor Allan Fels, Professional Fellow, University of Melbourne
Steven Torresan, Director, FINEX, Australasia Willis Towers Watson
Simon Segal, Editorial Consultant, Dealreporter (an Acuris company)
Maggie Lu, Australia Bureau Chief, Mergermarket (an Acuris company)
 
 
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