TMT World Deal of the Year shortlist features $175 billion of telco M&A for bumper 2014

The shortlist for the TMT World Deal of the Year 2014 – M&A has been announced by TMT Finance, the global news and events business, and features over US$175 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions involving telecom operators over the past 12 months.

The six deals that made the final shortlist are: Vodafone’s E7.2bn acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono; Numericable’s E13.5bn takeover of French mobile operator SFR; Etisalat’s E4.1bn acquisition of Maroc Telecom; Telefonica’s purchase of EPlus in Germany; Liberty Global’s E4.9bn deal to buy Dutch cableco Ziggo; and Vodafone’s E101bn exit from Verizon Wireless.

Investment banking advisers featured include: Credit Agricole, Lazard, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Guggenheim Partners, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS.

The winners, along with eight other categories, including TMT IPO of the Year, M&A Adviser, CEO and Innovation will be presented at the TMT World Awards dinner, at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 18 following the TMT World Congress.

TMT Finance Awards, were launched in 2009 and recognise outstanding telecom related investment activity and provide an indicator of the most active operators, investors and advisers regionally and globally.

The shortlists for the other TMT World Awards categories will also be announced this month including: Operator of the Year, IPO, Leadership Award, Innovation- Infrastructure and Connectivity, Innovation - Services and Applications, M&A Adviser, Growth Story, Financing Bank and Legal Adviser.

The shortlist for TMT World Deal of the Year 2014 is:

• Etisalat's E4.2bn (US$5.78bn) acquisition of Maroc Telecom from Vivendi
BNP Paribas, Attijariwafa Bank Middle East, Lazard, Crédit Agricole

• Numericable’s E13.5bn (US$17.13bn) binding offer for SFR
Crédit Agricole, Citi, Lazard, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Barclays

• Liberty Global E4.9bn (US$6.2bn) binding offer for Ziggo
Crédit Agricole, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Perella Weinberg Partners

• Vodafone’s E7.2bn (US$9.14bn) acquisition of ONO
Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, and JP Morgan

• Telefonica Deutschland’s E8.6bn (US$10.91bn) acquisition of E-Plus from KPN
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Citi, HSBC, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan

• Vodafone E101bn exit from Verizon Wireless
Guggeinheim Partners, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and UBS

TMT Finance Awards are nominated by readers of TMT Finance News, the leading global source of news for telecom, media and technology financing and investment activity globally, and selected by an expert independent Judging Panel featuring leading industry experts, advisers, and bankers.
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