Winners Announced for TMT M&A Awards 2018


Celebrating the most outstanding Dealmakers, Advisers and Deals in Telecom, Media and Tech globally

DEALS OF THE YEAR:


Telecom M&A Deal of the Year - EMEA
Macquarie-led consortium’s acquisition of TDC for US$6.7bn 
Advised by: Barclays and Nordea (Macquarie consortium); LionTree and Morgan Stanley (TDC shareholders)

Mid-Cap Telecom M&A Deal of the Year - EMEA
EQT’s acquisition of Caiway from Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure for E453m
Advised by: Morgan Stanley (EQT); ING (Rabo Bouwfonds)

TMT Private Equity Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and TCV’s acquisition of EQT VI’s 35% stake in Sportradar for E777m
Advised by: Evercore (EQT), Citi (CPPIB)

Cloud Services Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
GTT Communications’ acquisition of Interoute from Aleph Capital Partners, Crestview Partners and the Sandoz Family Foundation for £1.65bn. 
Advised by: Credit Suisse, Evercore (Interoute shareholders).

TMT Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
The sale by Cinven’s Fifth Fund of Ufinet Group to a consortium led by Antin Infrastructure Partners (Ufinet Spain) and Cinven’s Sixth Fund (Ufinet International) for a total consideration of E2bn.  
Advised by: Natixis, UBS (Cinven), Deutsche Bank (Antin) 

Tech M&A Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
Thales’ acquisition of Gemalto in a deal worth around E4.8bn 
Advised by: Lazard, Messier Maris & Associés and Société Générale (Thales) Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan (Gemalto).

Fintech Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
Vantiv’s acquisition and subsequent merger with UK-listed Worldpay Group for £8bn, valuing the combined business at £22.2bn.
Advised by: Goldman Sachs, Barclays (Worldpay), Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Centerview Partners (Vantiv) 

Media M&A Deal of the Year 2018 – EMEA
Comcast’s acquisition of a majority stake in Sky from 21st Century Fox, valuing Sky at £29.7bn. 
Advised by: Barclays, Morgan Stanley, PJT Partners (Sky) Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Evercore, Robey Warshaw, Wells Fargo Securities (Comcast), Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, CenterView (Fox), Greenhill (Sky shareholders) 

TMT Acquisition Financing Deal of the Year 2018 - EMEA
PPF Telecom’s E3.025bn loan facilities supporting the acquisition of Telenor’s CEE assets. 
Lenders: BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Erste Group Bank, HSBC, Société Générale, UniCredit Bank. 

TMT Infrastructure Loan of the Year 2018 – EMEA
Open Fiber’s E3.5bn financing package to build a new Italian FTTH network.
Lead Banks and Advisers: BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Unicredit Cassa depositi e prestiti, European Investment Bank. 

TMT IPO of the Year 2018 - EMEA
Direct Listing of Swedish music streaming service, Spotify, on the New York Stock Exchange valuing the company at US$26.5bn.
Advised by: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Allen & Company.

TMT Deal of the Year 2018 - Emerging Markets
Liberty Global’s split off of Latin American subsidiary LiLAC, and subsequent launch as a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ Global Select Market
Advised by: LionTree

TMT Deal of the Year 2018 - Asia
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular’s merger of Indian MNO businesses 
Advised by: Morgan Stanley, Robey Warshaw, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Kotak Investment Bank, Rothschild and UBS (Vodafone)


PEOPLE AND COMPANIES 

TMT M&A Growth Story 2018
CityFibre

TMT Private Equity Firm 2018
Antin Infrastructure

Woman TMT M&A Leader of the Year - 2018
Jennifer Smith, CFO, EuNetworks

TMT M&A Leader of the Year - 2018
Jake Donavan, President of Europe, LionTree

TMT Due Diligence Adviser of the Year 2018
Solon Management Consulting 

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills 


DEAL DATA 

TMT M&A Adviser of the Year 2018 – EMEA
Credit Suisse

TMT M&A Financing Bank of the Year 2018 – EMEA 
BNP Paribas 

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!