Press Release: Mergermarket 2018 China M&A Awards Recognises Top Financial and Legal Advisors

19 October 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

Shanghai, 19 October 2018 – Mergermarket, the world’s leading news and intelligence service for mergers & acquisitions, announced the winners of its 2018 China M&A awards at a black-tie gala dinner on the evening of the 18th October at Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai. 
The China M&A Awards recognise the Financial and Legal advisors’ 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 seven industry experts and two professionals from Mergermarket. 

Of the China M&A Financial advisor nominations, Mergermarket named Huatai Securities as the Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year while Morgan Stanley was awarded the International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year and Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Financial Adviser of the Year. China International Capital Corporation won the Domestic M&A Financial Advisor of the Year and the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in both Consumer and Financial Services sectors. CITIC Securities and China Renaissance Group were named the M&A Financial Adviser of the Year in respective sectors of Industrial & Chemicals and Technology, Media and Telecom. 

Of the legal advisor nominations, King & Wood Mallesons was awarded both the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and the Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. Linklaters won the Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year and Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. Haiwen & Partners, Clifford Chance, AllBright Law Offices and Fangda Partners were named the M&A Legal Adviser of the Year in respective sectors of Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial & Chemicals and Technology, Media & Telecom.
For private equity sector, the Private Equity Deal of the Year was awarded to Axilone Group (CITIC Capital). Ele.me (Alibaba) was named M&A Deal of the Year.

Merrill Corporation was the co-sponsor of the event. “Merrill is thrilled to partner with Mergermarket on the 2018 China M&A awards to celebrate market excellence in China. We have witnessed rapid innovation in deal-making practices over the past year, and tonight’s awards recognize the ingenuity and accomplishments in the Chinese deal-making ecosystem.” Gary Brookes, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, Merrill Datasite


The complete list of the China M&A Awards are as follows: 
Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD - Huatai Securities
Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD - King & Wood Mallesons 
Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - China International Capital Corporation 
Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Haiwen & Partners
Consumer M&A Deal of the Year - Fosun Fashion Group
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Linklaters
Energy Mining & Utilities M&A Deal of the Year - CPFL Energia (State Grid Corporation of China) 
Financial Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - China International Capital Corporation
Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Clifford Chance 
Financial Services M&A Deal of the Year - Banque Internationale a Luxembourg (Legend Holdings)
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - CITIC Securities 
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - AllBright Law Offices
Industrials & Chemicals M&A Deal of the Year - Qinghai Salt Lake Industry (Sinochem Group)
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - China Renaissance Group 
Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Fangda Partners 
Technology, Media & Telecom Deal of the Year - Beijing Mobike Technology (Meituan Dianping) 
Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Linklaters
Private Equity Deal of the Year - Axilone Group (CITIC Capital)
M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - King & Wood Mallesons 
International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Morgan Stanley
Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - China International Capital Corporation
M&A Deal of the Year - Ele.me (Alibaba)


The panel of judges included:
Cao Honghui, Deputy Director General Research & Development, China Development Bank
Michael Hua, Director, New Business Development, Johnson & Johnson Medical Asia Pacific
Dr Yong Huang, Director, competition Law Centre of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)
Dr Chao Chen, Deputy Director, China Investment Corporation
Jay Weng, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, China Financial International Investments
Lu Changqi, President, Shanghai Ample Harvest Financial Group
Jason Zhao, Head of Private Equity Investment, China Post Life Insurance
Yiqing Wang, China Editor, Mergermarket
Lisha Zhou, Managing Editor, China, Acuris
 
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