Press Release: Mergermarket China M&A Awards 2019 Recognises Top Financial and Legal Advisers

18 October 2019

Shanghai, 18 October 2019 – Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, announced the winners of its China M&A awards 2019 at a black-tie gala dinner on the evening of the 17th October at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.
 
The China M&A Awards recognise the Financial and Legal advisers’ excellence in M&A advisory of Chinese-related deals and are based on the Mergermarket league tables with input from an independent judging panel of six industry experts and two professionals from Acuris.
 
Of the China M&A Financial adviser nominations, Mergermarket named China International Capital Corporation as the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year and Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. It was also the Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. UBS Investment Bank was awarded the Cross Border M&A Financial Adviser of the Year and Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. CITIC Securities won the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in both Consumer and Industrials & Chemicals sectors. China Renaissance was named Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year.
 
Of the legal adviser nominations, King & Wood Mallesons was awarded the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year, while Zhong Lun Law Firm was the Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. White & Case won the Cross Border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. Fangda Partners was named Legal Adviser of the Year in both Consumer and Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech sectors. Grandall Law Firm and Han Kun Law Offices were the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in respective sectors of Energy Mining & Utilities and Technology, Media & Telecom.
 
For private equity sector, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison won the Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year. CITIC Capital were awarded the Private Equity Deal of the Year for their acquisition of Hangzhou UCO Cosmetics.
 
Merrill Corporation was the co-sponsor of the event. Gary Brookes, Chief Revenue Officer, Asia Pacific, Merrill DatasiteOne said, “As our growth in China, including our sales and staff in Beijing, continues at a rapid pace, we are pleased to once again partner with Mergermarket in sponsoring the China M&A Awards 2019. The awards recognize the very best in deal-making, an area that we at Merrill seek to make more efficient and effective. Through innovative technology, Merrill helps support dealmakers source, manage and execute their transactions faster and more securely while also providing world class service to ensure the right information is provided to the right people at the right time. We’re proud to add our name to this flagship event.”
 
The complete list of the China M&A Awards are as follows:
M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – China International Capital Corporation
M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – King & Wood Mallesons
M&A Deal of the Year – Amer Sports Oyj (Consortium led by ANTA Sports Products)
Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD – China International Capital Corporation
Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD – Zhong Lun Law Firm
Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – CITIC Securities
Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Fangda Partners
Consumer M&A Deal of the Year – Wuxi Little Swan (Midea Group)
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Financial Adviser of the YearUBS Investment Bank
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Legal Adviser of the YearGrandall Law Firm
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Deal of the Year – Nevsun Resources (Zijin Mining Group)
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – CITIC Securities
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – King & Wood Mallesons
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Deal of the Year – BMW Brilliance Automotive (BMW AG)
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – China International Capital Corporation
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Fangda Partners
Pharmaceuticals, Medical and Biotech M&A Deal of the Year – United Family Healthcare (New Frontier Corporation)
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – China Renaissance
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Han Kun Law Offices
Technology, Media & Telecom Deal of the Year – World First UK (Zhejiang Ant Financial Services Group)
Cross Border M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – UBS Investment Bank
Cross Border M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – White & Case
Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Private Equity Deal of the Year – Hangzhou UCO Cosmetics (CITIC Capital)
 
The panel of judges included:
Cao Honghui, Deputy Director General, Research & Development, China Development Bank
Dr Yong Huang, Director, competition Law Centre of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)
Derek Sulger, Partner, Lunar
Jim Tsao, Chairman and Head of China, Permira Advisers (China) Limited
Ye Hongjun, General Counsel, COSCO Shipping
Toto Ku, Head of China, Merrill DatasiteOne
Yiqing Wang, China Editor/APAC Assistant Editor, Mergermarket (an Acuris company)
Lisha Zhou, Managing Editor, China, Acuris
 
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About Mergermarket:
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About Acuris:
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