TMT M&A AWARDS 2021 WINNERS

 

 

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Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year - Europe

Winner: AtlasEdge

The pan-European datacentre joint venture between DigitalBridge and Liberty Global to create AtlasEdge Data Centres at an undisclosed valuation.

Financial advisers: Greenhill and Jefferies (Liberty Global)
Legal advisers: Linklaters (DigitalBridge), Allen & Overy (Liberty Global)

Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year - Americas

Winner: Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners' acquisition of Astound Broadband

For Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners' acquisition of Astound Broadband from TPG Capital and Patriot Media Management for US$8.1bn.

Financial advisers: BofA and Lazard (Stonepeak); JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley (Astound)
Legal advisers: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (Stonepeak); Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Seyfarth Shaw (Astound)

Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year - Asia

Winner: The IPO of Warburg Pincus' Converge ICT Solutions on the Philippine Stock Exchange

The IPO on the Philippine Stock Exchange of Warburg Pincus-backed fixed-broadband and fibre operator, Converge ICT Solutions, raising c. US$600m and giving the company a market value of c. US$2.6bn.

Financial advisers: Morgan Stanley, UBS (Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners); BPI Capital (Sole Local Coordinator, Joint Local Underwriter and Joint Bookrunner); BDO Capital (Joint Local Underwriter and Joint Bookrunner); BofA Securities, Credit Suisse (International Joint Bookrunners); Asia United Bank, First Metro, Maybank ATR KE, PNB Capital, RCBC Capital, China Bank Capital and SB Capital (Local Selling Agents).

Legal advisers: Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Officers; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Milbank LLP.

TMT IPO of the Year - Europe

Winner: The IPO of Vantage Towers on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The IPO of European towerco Vantage Towers on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, valued at E12.1bn and raising E2.3bn, including cornerstone investment by DigitalBridge (E500m) and RJJ Capital (E450m).

Financial advisers: Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, UBS (Joint Global Coordinators); Barclays, Berenberg, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Jefferies, Goldman Sachs (Joint Bookrunners, Underwriters).
Legal advisers: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Banks), and Linklaters (Vodafone)
Corporate adviser: Analysys Mason.

Telecom M&A Deal of the Year - Europe

Winner: The merger of Virgin Media and O2 UK

The joint venture merger of UK telecom companies, Virgin Media (Liberty Global) and O2 UK (Telefonica), valued at £38bn.


Financial advisers: Citi (Telefonica), LionTree Advisors and JP Morgan (Liberty Global)
Legal advisers: Clifford Chance (Telefonica), Allen & Overy (Liberty Global)

Technology Deal of the Year - Europe

Winner: The acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group by Adevinta

The acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group by Adevinta from eBay Inc at a valuation of US$9.2bn.

Financial advisers: Citigroup (Adevinta), Barclays, Arctic Securities (Schibsted), Goldman Sachs, LionTree (eBay)
Legal advisers: Skadden and BAHR, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Wiersholm, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Digital Infrastructure Investment Firm of the Year - Europe

Winner: Antin Infrastructure Partners

For the acquisition of UK-based datacentre provider Pulsant and the sale of a 25% stake in Dutch and French fibre optic cables and datacentres operator Eurofiber to PGGM, the Dutch pension fund manager.

Digital Infrastructure Investment Firm of the Year - Americas

Winner: DigitalBridge

For deals including the acquisition of a majority stake in US wireless communications infrastructure company Vertical Bridge, the c. US$850m take private of Boingo Wireless, the DAS and wifi provider, and the take-private of digital infrastructure company Landmark Dividend (LD), and the subsequent deal for DigitalBridge-backed LD's deal for Landmark Infrastructure Partners.

Digital Infrastructure Investment Firm of the Year - Asia

Winner: Partners Group

For deals including forming a telecom tower platform Unity Digital Infrastructure in the Philippines with Aboitiz InfraCapital of the Aboitiz Group; and the acquisition of Indian fibre-optic broadband operator Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) in transaction that values ACT at an enterprise value of nearly US$1.2bn.

Technology Investment Firm of the Year - Europe

Winner: EQT

For deals in the software space including the acquisitions of German-based Thinkproject for c. US$700m, Sweden-based Storytel and Epidemic Sound, the sales of Norway-based StormGeo for US$422m and German-based Utimaco for US$500m, as well as the IPO of SUSE on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at a valuation of US$5.8bn.

TMT M&A Growth Story of the Year - Europe

Winner: Eurofiber (Netherlands)

TMT Due Diligence Adviser of the Year

Winner: Altman Solon LLP

TMT Leader of the Year

Winner: Marc Ganzi, President & Chief Executive Officer, DigitalBridge

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Asia (Deal Value)

Winner: Clifford Chance

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Asia (Deal Value)

Winner: Morgan Stanley

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Asia (Deal Volume)

Winner: JP Morgan

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Asia (Deal Volume)

Winner: JP Morgan

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Americas (Deal Value)

Winner: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year - Americas (Deal Volume)

Winner: Latham & Watkins

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Americas (Deal Value)

Winner: Morgan Stanley

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Americas (Deal Value)

Winner: Morgan Stanley

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Americas (Deal Volume)

Winner: Bank Street

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year – Europe (Deal Value)

Winner: Goldman Sachs

TMT M&A Financial Adviser of the Year - Europe (Deal Volume)

Winner: GCA Altium

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Europe (Deal Volume)

Winner: Latham & Watkins

TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Europe (Deal Value)

Winner: Allen & Overy