Press Release: Mergermarket M&A Awards Recognises Top Middle East Advisors

09 May 2017

• 2nd Middle Eastern M&A Awards announces top names in regional M&A
• EY tops the regional M&A financial advisor rankings
• Clifford Chance is named regional M&A legal advisor of the year


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9th May 2017: Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, last night announced the winners of its second annual Middle Eastern M&A Awards, recognising top banks and law firms supporting M&A in a range of sectors including ‘Consumer’, ‘Energy, Mining & Utilities’, ‘Financial Services’, ‘Industrials & Chemicals’, ‘Pharma, Medical & Biotech’ and ‘Telecoms, Media & Technology’.


Of the financial advisor nominations, Mergermarket named EY as the best Regional M&A Financial Advisor and in the sector rankings, Citigroup Global Markets Ltd won best Middle East Financial Advisor in the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector, PwC was awarded top Middle East Financial Advisor in the Financial Services sector whilst Rothschild won best Middle East Financial Advisor in the Consumer sector. Second titles were awarded to EY who also led the rankings for top Middle East Financial Advisor in the Pharma, Medical & Biotech sector and Rothschild who led the Middle East Financial Advisors in the Industrials sector. Bank of America Merrill Lynch won best Middle East Financial Advisor in the Telecoms, Media & Technology sector.


Of the legal advisor nominations, the top Middle East Legal Advisory Firm was awarded to Clifford Chance. In the sector rankings, White & Case led the Energy, Mining & Utilities sector, Clifford Chance won best Middle East Legal Advisor for the Financial Services sector and Allen & Overy led the Middle East Legal Advisor rankings in the Consumer Sector. Meanwhile, Clyde & Co. won top Middle East Legal Advisor in the Pharma, Medical & Biotech Sector, Baker McKenzie topped the rankings for the Telecoms, Media & Technology sector and King & Wood Mallesons won first prize for the Industrials sector rankings.


In the Fixed Income space, the Middle East Loan Bookrunner award was won by National Bank of Abu Dhabi whilst the Middle East Bond Bookrunner Corporate award was presented to Emirates NBD Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch was awarded top Middle East Bond Bookrunner in the Government category. The top Middle East Sukuk Bookrunner was KAMCO Investment Company.


Speaking on the night, Matthew Robinson, Events Director EMEA at Mergermarket, commented:


“Our league table rankings for M&A and debt capital markets gives us a unique insight to the innovative work conducted on behalf of clients across the region. With an increase in entries this year, we’re thrilled to celebrate the achievements of all those firms who entered. And congratulations to all tonight’s winners.”




Regional M&A Finacial Advisor : EY
Regional M&A Legal Aadvisor: Clifford Chance


Sector Awards:


Middle East Energy, Mining & Utilities Financial Advisor: Citigroup Global Markets Ltd
Middle East Financial Services Financial Advisor: PwC
Middle East Consumer Financial Advisor: Rothschild
Middle East Pharma, Medical & Biotech Financial Advisor: EY
Middle East Telecoms, Media & Technology Financial Advisor: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Middle East Industrials Financial Advisor: Rothschild


Middle East Energy, Mining & Utilities Legal Advisor: White & Case LLP
Middle East Financial Services Legal Advisor: Clifford Chance
Middle East Consumer Legal Advisor: Allen & Overy LLP
Middle East Pharma, Medical & Biotech Legal Advisor: Clyde & Co.
Middle East Telecoms, Media & Technology Legal Advisor: Baker McKenzie
Middle East Industrials Legal Advisor: King & Wood Mallesons


Fixed Income Awards:

Middle East Loan Bookrunner: National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC
Middle East Bond Bookrunner Corporate: Emirates NBD Capital
Middle East Bond Bookrunner Government: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Middle East Sukuk Bookrunner: KAMCO Investment Company


The Awards were preceded by Mergermarket’s 2017 Middle Eastern M&A and Private Equity Forum, which was attended by leading MENA transaction professionals, who examined deal trends in the region and shared ideas on the outlook for M&A in the Middle East. The Forum was hosted in strategic partnership with Baker McKenzie, EY, AIG, Standard Bank, Instinctif Partners and iDeals Solutions.





Media enquiries:


George Allen
Instinctif Partners
+971 56 60 96 749
[email protected]


About: MENA Mergers 2017


MENA Mergers 2017 will include Mergermarket’s Middle East M&A and Private Equity Forum, as well as the Debtwire Middle East Corporate Restructuring Seminar and the Mergermarket North Africa Summit. The forum will focus on the main deal drivers in the MENA M&A market and look ahead to the key investment trends likely to be seen during the coming year. Panels, presentations and case studies will be given by representatives of the Middle East’s leading corporates, investment banks, private equity funds and financial & legal advisory firms. The event will be attended by corporate development and M&A teams, private equity professionals and business owners, investment bankers, financial advisors, lawyers and transaction services professionals. Mergermarket will host MENA Mergers at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, on Monday 8th May, in strategic partnership with Baker McKenzie, EY, AIG, Standard Bank, Instinctif Partners and iDeals Solutions. The forum will be followed by Mergermarket’s second annual Middle Eastern M&A Awards, celebrating excellence in M&A legal and financial advisory in the region. For more information:


About: Mergermarket


Mergermarket is the must-have intelligence and news service for anyone involved in mergers and acquisitions. Since the company was founded in 2000 we’ve expanded to 67 locations across Europe, North & South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. We’ve also got the largest team of dedicated M&A journalists and analysts anywhere in the world. We’re part of Acuris, which is the fastest-growing business in its sector.

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