TMT Finance 2016 Awards winners announced

Deals of the Year

Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 

BT Group’s acquisition of EE in the UK for E12.5bn. 
Goldman Sachs advised BT. Barclays and Citi advised Deutsche Telecom. Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised Orange.

Media M&A Deal of the Year

Baofeng Technology and Everbright Capital acquisition of MP & Silva for c. US$1bn
UBS advised MP&Silva; DealGlobe & CICC advised Baofeng/Everbright 

Technology M&A Deal of the Year 

SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM for £24.3bn
The Raine Group, Robey Warshaw and Mizuho Securities advised SoftBank; ARM was advised by Goldman Sachs, Lazard, UBS and Barclays

Mid-Cap Tech M&A Deal of the Year

Vivendi’s hostile acquisition of Gameloft (61.7%), valuing Gameloft at E700m
HSBC advised Vivendi

Telecom Towers Deal of the Year

ATC’s acquisition of Viom Networks in India, from Tata and Srei Infrastructure for US$1.14bn
Evercore, Kotak Investment Banking advised ATC; Credit Suisse advised Viom

TMT IPO of the Year

French special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Mediawan
IPO raised E250m on the Euronext Paris to fund acquisitions in Media sector. April 2016.
Advisers: JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale.

TMT Financing Deal of the Year - Debt

Altice NV Neptune Finco Corp’s E10.6bn for Cablevision
BNP Paribas, Barclays and JP Morgan

Advisers and League Tables 

TMT M&A Adviser - Deal Size

Goldman Sachs

TMT M&A Adviser - Number of Deals

Arma Partners

TMT Legal Adviser

Clifford Chance


TMT Financing Bank

BNP Paribas

Companies and People

TMT Growth Story

Liquid Telecom

TMT Leadership Award

Jean-Yves Charlier, CEO, VimpelCom

Congratulations to all the winners!


The full 13 TMT Finance Awards will be presented on November 30 at the TMT Finance World Awards Dinner, hosted by Tanya Beckett, international business news presenter. 

Book your table now to join the leading TMT dealmakers of 2016. 


TMT Finance World Awards 2016: shortlists announced

EMEA TMT M&A Adviser of the Year 2016 (Deal Volume) Shortlist

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barclays
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan
Lazard

Full League Table to be announced at TMT Finance World Awards Dinner


EMEA TMT M&A Adviser of the Year 2016 (Deal Number) Shortlist

Arma Partners
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan
Lazard

Full League Table to be announced at TMT Finance World Awards Dinner


EMEA TMT Financing Bank of the Year 2016 Shortlist

BNP Paribas
Crédit Agricole
ING
JP Morgan
Societe Generale

Full League Table to be announced at TMT Finance World Awards Dinner

Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2016 shortlist:

BT Group’s acquisition of EE in the UK for E12.5bn. 
Goldman Sachs advised BT. Barclays and Citi advised Deutsche Telecom. Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised Orange.

Liberty Global / Vodafone merger in the Netherlands for E3.5bn. 
Lion Tree and Goldman Sachs advised Liberty Global. Morgan Stanley, Robey Warshaw and UBS advised Vodafone.

Liberty Global's acquisition of Base in Belgium for E1.33bn. 
Goldman Sachs advised Liberty. JP Morgan advised KPN.

Altice’s acquisition of Cablevision in the US for US$17.7bn. 
JP Morgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays advised Altice. Cablevision was advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Guggenheim Securities and PJT Partners.

Axiata’s acquisition of NCell from TeliaSonera and Visor Capital in Nepal for US$1.36bn. 
UBS advised Telia; JP Morgan advised Axiata; Lazard advised Visor Capital.

Liberty Global’s acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications in The Americas for US$7.4bn. 
Lion Tree and Goldman Sachs advised Liberty. JP Morgan and Evercore advised CWC.


Media M&A Deal of the Year 2016 shortlist:

Baofeng Technology and Everbright Capital acquisition of MP & Silva for c. US$1bn
UBS advised MP&Silva; DealGlobe & CICC advised Baofeng/Everbright 

Charter Communication’s acquisition of Bright House Networks for US$10.4bn
UBS advised Bright House; Goldman Sachs and LionTree advised Charter 

Onex & Baring Private Equity’s acquisition of Thomson Reuters IP & Science for US$3.5bn
Guggenheim and JP Morgan advised Thomson Reuters 

General Atlantic acquired a 70% stake in Argus Media for an estimated £700m
Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised Argus Media, Deloitte Corporate Finance advised the Nasmyth family

TowerBrook acquired InfoPro Digital from Apax France for E700m
Rothschild advised Apax France; Messier Maris and BNP Paribas advised Towerbrook

Telecom Tower M&A Deal of the Year (excl. US)

• ATC’s acquisition of Viom Networks in India, from Tata and Srei Infrastructure for US$1.14bn
Evercore, Kotak Investment Banking advised ATC; Credit Suisse advised Viom

• ATC’s acquisition of Airtel Tanzanian towers for US$180m
(No advisers.)

• Edotco’s acquisition of MTC in Myanmar for US$221m
(No advisers)

• IHS Towers’ acquisition of HTN in Nigeria for undisclosed amount
UBS advised IHS Towers; Citi advised HTN.

• Helios Towers Africa’s acquisition of Airtel DRC towers. US$150m
(No advisers)

• Protelindo's acquisition of 2,500 towers from Axiata in Indonesia for US$267.2m
XL advised by BAML; Protelindo advised by Macquarie

TMT IPO of the Year (excl. US)

- Nordic payments company Nets
IPO in Denmark, valuing it at DKr30bn (US$4.8bn) and raising DKr5.5bn. September 2016.
Advisers: Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Nordea.

- French special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Mediawan
IPO raised E250m on the Euronext Paris to fund acquisitions in Media sector. April 2016.
Advisers: JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Societe Generale.

- British B2B media company Ascential (formerly Emap)
IPO valued it at £800m and raised around £80m. February 2016
Advisers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.

- Dutch ecommerce food delivery firm Takeaway.com
IPO raised US$368m on the Euronext Amsterdam, valuing it at US$1.1bn. September 2016
Advisers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

- Japanese messaging app Line
IPO raised US$1.14bn via a dual listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. July 2016.
Advisers: Nomura, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.


Technology M&A Deal of the Year (excl. US)

• SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM for £24.3bn
The Raine Group, Robey Warshaw and Mizuho Securities advised SoftBank; ARM was advised by Goldman Sachs, Lazard, UBS and Barclays

• Avast's acquisition of AVG’s for US$1.3bn
Jefferies advised Avast; Morgan Stanley advised AVG

• Alibaba’s acquisition of Lazada for US$1bn
Credit Suisse advised Alibaba; Goldman Sachs was adviser to Lazada

• Equinix acquisition of Telecity £2.35bn
Telecity was advised by Goldman Sachs, Oakley Capital, Barclays and Greenhill & Co. Equinix was advised by JP Morgan

• Cinven, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board's acquisition of Hotelbeds.com: E1.19bn
Financial advisers to CPP and Cinven were Lazard, Morgan Stanley and HSBC. TUI advised on the deal by Deutsche Bank and BofA Merrill Lynch.


Mid-Cap Technology M&A Deal of the Year (excl. US)

• Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP's acquisition of Sagemcom £357m from Carlyle
DC Advisory advised Charterhouse, and Sycomore Corporate Finance advised Sagemcom

• Infovista acquisition by Apax France from Thomas Bravo for c. E300m
DC Advisory advised Apax, Lazard advised Thomas Bravo

• Interoute's acquisition of Easynet for £402m
Barclays advised Interoute, Credit Suisse advised Interoute shareholder Emasan AG

• Transporeon acquisition by TPG from Riverside Group for c. E300m
Jeffries advised Riverside Group

• Vivendi’s hostile acquisition of Gameloft (61.7%), valuing Gameloft at E700m
HSBC advised Vivendi

TMT Legal Adviser of the Year

  • CMS

  • Clifford Chance

  • Dentons

  • Norton Rose Fulbright

TMT World Financing Deal of the Year

  • Altice NV Neptune Finco Corp’s E10.6bn for Cablevision

  • Avast’s US$1.685bn for AVG

  • BT’s £3.6bn (US$4.5bn) for EE

  • Charter Communications’ US$30.5bn for Time Warner Cable

  • Dell’s US$43bn for EMC

  • Equinix’s US$1.8bn for Telecity

  • SoftBank’s US$9.615bn for ARM

For enquiries, please email ben.nice@tmtfinance.com 


Don't miss out on nominating your company, deal, adviser or leader for this year's TMT FInance World Awards.  It's been another bumper year for Telecom, Media and Tech mergers and acquisitions, financing and investment globally so make sure you are on the list.

Nominations close on September 30, with Shortlists announced globally on October 7.

The Awards ceremony follows TMT Finance World Congress 2016 which gathers the leading telecom, media and technology executives, investment bankers, investors and advisers to assess investment opportunities globally.

The Award categories for 2016 are: 

Deals of the Year

Telecom Deal of the Year - M&A
Media Deal of the Year  - M&A
Technology Deal of the Year  - M&A 
Telecom Infrastructure Deal of the Year - M&A
TMT IPO of the Year - ECM
TMT Financing Deal of the Year - Debt

Advisers and League Tables 

TMT M&A Adviser - Deal Size
TMT M&A Adviser - Number of Deals
TMT Legal Adviser
TMT Financing Bank

Companies and People

TMT Growth Story
TMT Leadership Award

Please specify geographical region for each category. The Winners will be presented at the TMT Finance World Awards Dinner at the Grange St Paul's on November 30, following the TMT Finance World Congress. 

Don't delay, limited space is available, register your place at the Congress, and the Awards Dinner.

Last year's Winners

EMEA Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2015

Altice’s acquisition of Portugal Telecom from Oi for E7.4bn
Advised by Morgan Stanley, Perella Weinberg & BTG Pactual
 
EMEA Telecom IPO of the Year 2015
Cellnex Telecom IPO
Raised E2.14bn
Advised by Morgan Stanley, Caixabank & Goldman Sachs

World Telecom Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2015
IHS acquisition of 9,151 towers from MTN Nigeria
Advised by Citi and Goldman Sachs

EMEA Telecom Debt Deal of the Year 2015
IHS equity and debt capital raise of US$2.6bn in Nigeria
Goldman Sachs

TMT Legal Adviser of the Year 2015
Clifford Chance

TMT Growth Story Award 2015
Altice Group
 
TMT World TMT Leadership Award 2015
John C. Malone, Chairman of the Board, Liberty Global
 
EMEA Telecom M&A Adviser 2015
Morgan Stanley
 
EMEA Telecom Financing Bank 2015
BNP Paribas

About the Awards:

Telecom, Media and Technology companies, their advisers and financiers are operating through a period of immense change and these awards recognise outstanding investment, innovation and leadership activity.

The Awards provide benchmarks of aspiration for the companies nominated and world class recognition for winners. Nominate a company, executive, deal or advisory business if they deserve recognition. 

Selection Process

The Nomination Process publicly opens to all parties on June, 2016 and nominations are actively invited from the readers of TMT Finance News, the leading global news provider for telecom executives, financiers and advisers, as well as online at the TMT Finance news portal www.tmtfinance.com, and through a number of respected partner industry and news websites. Categories and shortlists are also widely promoted via international press releases and media.  

Following the end of the Nomination Deadline on September 30, each Award Entry is assessed against the Awards Criteria and the shortlists of leading candidates in each category are publicly announced on October 7. The Judging Panel will then assess each shortlist and entry information and select winners for each category which are presented at the TMT Finance World 2016 Awards Dinner in London on November 30 after the TMT Finance & Investment World 2016 Congress. 

Judging Panel

The judging panel is comprised of highly experienced and internationally respected telecoms, media and technology industry, finance and advisory professionals. They provide robust scrutiny of awards nominations, and assess and grade all nominations taking into account their expertise and relevance to the latest market conditions and opportunities. View the Judging Panel

TMT Finance Awards History

TMT Finance and its global network has been recognising the outstanding achievements of the top performers of Telecom, Media and Technology Companies, Investment Banks, Investors and Advisory Businesses through its leading events, awards and editorial since 2006. Previous winners including leading global telecom operators, technology companies, CEOs, financial institutions and global advisory businesses. 

To view the list of previous TMT Finance Award winners - please visit www.tmtfinance.com/awards/pastwinners/

Winners achieve significant marketing differentiation and credibility because the unique criteria of the awards the independence of the panel of Judges, robust scrutiny of awards nominations, and their relevance to today’s changing conditions in a continually evolving market.

TMT Finance Awards is © of TMT Finance


Hosted by Tanya Beckett, International Business News TV Presenter

Testimonials

"TMT Finance is very respected internationally due to its provision of specialist news, research and high end networking events for senior executives from the telecom and finance industry. We are therefore delighted and proud to be recognised by them for our Group's acquisition of CWC's M&I Division. We are also pleased that Batelco Group financial advisers on this acquisition, Houlihan Lokey, Citi and BNP Paribas were also recognised for their support."

Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, CEO, Batelco Group

"These awards signify that we are distinguishing ourselves, by promoting human growth across our markets and offering life-enhancing services. We will continue to put our customers at the core of our business, and continue to ensure that our business provides the right returns for all our stakeholders."

Dr Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo