SoftBank, Smart, China Mobile, Axiata and Citi scoop TMT Finance Asia 2014 Awards

Japanese telecom operator SoftBank, Smart Comms of the Philippines, China Mobile and Malaysia-headquartered Axiata Group were among the winners at the TMT Finance Asia 2014 Awards in Hong Kong last week. 

SoftBank and financial advisers The Raine Group LLC, Deutsche Bank and Mizuho were awarded the coveted TMT Deal of the Year Award for the operator’s US$21.6bn acquisition of US telecom operator Sprint Corp in 2013, beating off competition from deals such as Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan’s acquisition of Nextgen Network assets in Australia; Citic Telecom’s acquisition of Macau Telecom; and the Carlyle-led consortium’s acquisition of Focus Media Holdings. 

TMT Finance Asia 2014 Awards were presented in 7 categories, recognising exceptional growth, innovation and deal-making in telecoms, media and technology across the region. The candidates were nominated by readers of TMT Finance, the global news service for telecom and finance executives, and then assessed by an independent judging panel comprising senior industry leaders. 

China Mobile won the TMT Operator of the Year award for its work on building a new, speedier 4G network in China, and maintaining a competitive edge over rivals China Unicom and China Telecom. Smart Communications was the winner of the TMT Innovation Award for developing a range of innovation services and partnerships which have increased revenues and substantially improved the day-to-day life for people in the Philippines. 

Axiata President and Group CEO, Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, was awarded the TMT Leadership Award for leading Axiata’s international expansion strategy, making bold acquisitions such as driving consolidation in Indonesia and Cambodia and introducing critical new business innovations and demonstrating strong growth across the region.

Other winners included Citi which won TMT M&A Adviser of the Year, Deutsche Bank for TMT Financing Bank of the Year and Herbert Smith Freehills for TMT Law Firm of the Year. For the full list of winners, see

The awards followed the TMT Finance & Investment Asia 2014 Conference, now in its 5th year, the region's largest gathering of international telecom leaders, financiers and advisers and a key annual thought leadership event for the telecom industry globally. 

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