The M&A Advisor announces recipients of the fourth annual U.S Middle Market financing awards



NEW YORK, SEPT. 23, 2009 — The M&A Advisor today announced the recipients of
the fourth annual U.S. Middle-Market Financing Awards. Award recipients were
selected from three categories by an independent panel of judges representing a crosssection
of the M&A industry.
Law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP led the competition, receiving
three awards:
• Media, Entertainment or Telecom Deal of the Year (Media Rights
Capital’s $350 million credit facility),
• Energy Deal of the Year (El Paso Pipeline Partner’s acquisition of assets
from El Paso Corporation), and
• Financial Services Deal of the Year (acquisition of First Southwest
Company by Plains Capital Corporation).
Founded in 1945, the firm has more than 800 lawyers in 13 offices. Nine offices are
based in the U.S. while the other four Akin Gump international locations include London,
Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Beijing.
Citi Capital Strategies captured Middle-Market M&A Financing Deal of the Year
(leveraged recapitalization of Brook & Whittle, LTD) and Fifth Street Capital
won the Debt Financing Agent of the Year. The Capital Strategies Group is an
investment-banking group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Fifth Street Finance Corp.
is a bi-coastal specialty finance company that lends to and invests in small and mid-sized
companies in connection with an investment by private equity sponsors.
“In these tough economic times we should applaud firms that have stepped up to the plate
to make important middle market deals possible,” said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of The
M&A Advisor. “All middle-market financing award recipients—both multi-national
boutique-sized—are true industry leaders and it is our honor to recognize them.”
This year there were a total of 51 finalists for the industry’s fourth annual U.S. Middle-
Market Financing Awards.
Finalists were divided into the following categories:
• Major Deals
• Sector Deals
• Agents/Firms/Products
Transactions had to close between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 and have a
transaction value of between $10 million and $1 billion.

The judges invited to jury this round of awards from The M&A Advisor are experienced
industry professionals, including financial professionals, academics, consultants and
service providers. Judges are volunteers and are not past or present employees of, or
consultants to, The M&A Advisor. Also, they had no financial or business affiliation with
the organization.

Judging is based on several criteria, including quantitative factors such as transaction
value, impact on shareholder/company value and market share. Qualitative considerations
include impact of transaction on the market/industry, ingenuity in structuring and/or
negotiations, diligence and perseverance in consummating the deal and other unique

To view the list of winners in each category, please visit

Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has been credited with being the preeminent organization
facilitating connections and recognizing achievement in the top performers of the M&A,
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Steve Rose
Hullin Metz & Co.

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