The M&A Advisor Announces Inaugural Global M&A Awards Recipients



NEW YORK, SEPT. 16, 2009 — The M&A Advisor today announced the recipients of
the industry’s inaugural Global M&A Advisor Awards. Award recipients from Africa,
Asia, Europe and North America were selected by an independent panel of judges
representing a cross-section of the M&A industry.

Investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey led the competition, winning four
awards, including Investment Banking Firm of the Year (Americas region), and
Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year (Americas region - Abebooks
acquired by Amazon.com). The firm’s deal: Peak International Limited acquired
by S&G Company won in two categories: Deal of the Year and Information
Technology Deal of the Year (Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Oceania region).
Blackstone and Yes Bank each received three awards, including Deal of the
Year, Dealmaker of the Year and U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year (all
Americas region) for Blackstone, and Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the
Year, Green/Environmental Deal of the Year and Media, Entertainment or
Telecom Deal of the Year (all Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Oceania region) for
Yes Bank.
“With deal sizes up to $3.3 billion, each award recipient has excelled in their field and is
truly deserving of the honor,” said Roger Aguinaldo, CEO of The M&A Advisor. “All
recipients should be proud of their award, especially in these tough economic times.
Congratulations to all of these industry leaders.”
Global Award Finalists were divided into three regional groupings:
• Americas
• Europe
• Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Oceania
Transactions had to close between January 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 and be valued at
US $10 million. There was no maximum limit on deal size.

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
attributes.
THE M&A ADVISOR
Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has been the preeminent organization facilitating
connections and recognizing achievement in the top performers of the M&A, turnaround
and financing industries through its leading events and awards galas, M&A Alerts
newsletter and online community. For more information, go to www.maadvisor.com.
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Contact:
Steve Rose
Hullin Metz & Co.
212-752-1044
steve@hmcllc.com

M&A Advisor Global Awards Winners:
Region: Americas

Deal of the Year
Reverse Morris Trust Split-off of Folgers Coffee by Procter & Gamble to J.M. Smucker – The Blackstone Group

Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year
Acquisition of Abebooks by Amazon.com – Houlihan Lokey

U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year (involving a company in the U.S.)
Reverse Morris Trust Split-off of Folgers Coffee by Procter & Gamble to J.M. Smucker – The Blackstone Group

Dealmaker of the Year
Mary Anne Citrino – The Blackstone Group

Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year
Acquisition of Arlington Tankers by General Maritime Corporation – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year
Sale of George Weston Ltd.’s U.S. Bakeries to Grupo Bimbo SA de CV – CIBC World Markets
Investment Banking Firm of the Year
Houlihan Lokey

Region: Europe

Deal of the Year
Acquisition of Albanian distribution company by CEZ – Deloitte

Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year
Sale of RT Dooley Construction Company, Inc., to Balfour Beatty Construction Group, Inc. – McColl Partners, LLC

Equity Financing Deal of the Year
Growth equity financing of Sulfurcell Solartechnik GmbH – EquityGate Advisors GmbH

U.S. Cross-Border Deal of the Year (involving a company located in the U.S.)
Acquisition of Odyssey Industries, Inc. by Hampson Industries US, Inc. – Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

Dealmaker of the Year
R. Jamison Williams, Jr. – Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.

Healthcare/Life Sciences (pharmaceutical, biotech, etc) Deal of the Year
Acquisition of CoreValve Inc by Medtronic – Sofinnova Partners

Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year
Sale of Cookson Group plc’s Hi-Tech Ceramics business to Süd-Chemie AG to Satisfy European Union

Anti-trust Requirements – Vetus Partners

Professional Services (B-to-B focus) Deal of the Year
Structuring of the first German SPAC – Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz

Energy Deal of the Year
Acquisition of Albanian distribution company by CEZ – Deloitte
Investment Banking Firm of the Year
Lincoln International LLC
Private Equity Firm of the Year
Sofinnova Partners
M&A Product/Service of the Year
Merrill Datasite

Law Firm of the Year
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Region: Asia, Middle-East, Africa and Oceania

Deal of the Year
Acquisition of Peak International Limited by S&G Company – Houlihan Lokey

Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year
Acquisition of controlling stake in Infomedia India Ltd by TV – YES Bank

Turnaround Deal of the Year
Restructuring of Centro Properties Group – Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Green/Environmental Deal of the Year
Formation of a joint venture and acquisition of Honiton Energy Holdings plc by the joint venture – YES
Bank
Information Technology (includes internet, computers, etc) Deal of the Year
Acquisition of Peak International Limited by S&G Company – Houlihan Lokey
Media, Entertainment or Telecom Deal of the Year
Acquisition of controlling stake in Infomedia India Ltd by TV – YES Bank
Law Firm of the Year
Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc.
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