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TMT M&A Adviser – EMEA (Deal Value)

Winner: Goldman Sachs

Standout deals include: advising on the sale of Advanced Software by Vista Equity Partners to BC Partners for £2bn (US$2.61bn); advising Telecom Italia Group's (TIM) E10.4bn-valued tower merger with Vodafone into INWIT; advising Just Eat on its £6.2bn (US$8.08bn) merger with Takeaway.com; and advising Insight Partners' acquisition of Veeam Software for US$5bn.

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TMT M&A Adviser – EMEA (Deal Quantity)

Winner: GCA Altium

GCA Altium advised on a total of 25 qualifying deals, including advising Marlin Equity on the majority sale of Qualitest to Bridgepoint for c.US$420m; advising CVC on its acquisition of a minority stake in Israeli software firm ironSource for US$400m; plus advising the British Growth Fund on the sale of UK hosting business Miss Group to Perwyn.

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TMT M&A Adviser – Asia Pacific (Deal Value)

Winner: Macquarie Capital

Standout deals include: Advising TPG Telecom on its A$16.5bn (US$11.6bn) merger with Vodafone Hutchison Australia; plus advising Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (MIRA)-led consortium's acquisition of AirTrunk for A$3bn (US$2.1bn).

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TMT M&A Adviser – Asia Pacific (Deal Quantity)

Winner: Goldman Sachs

Standout deals include: advising AirTrunk on A$3bn (US$2.1bn) sale to the Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (MIRA)-led consortium; and advising on the sale of TEG by Affinity Equity Partners to Silverlake for A$1.3bn (US$926m).

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Comms Infra & Services M&A Adviser - Americas (Deal Quantity)

Winner: Bank Street Group

Bank Street Group advised on a total of 10 completed deals. Standout transactions include advising Beanfield Metroconnect on its sale to Digital Colony; AMP Capital on its deal to acquire Expedient from Landmark Media Enterprises; and Argo Infrastructure Partners on its US$320m investment in TierPoint alongside a consortium of new investors.

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Comms Infra & Services M&A Adviser - Americas (Deal Value)

Winner: Goldman Sachs

Standout deals include: advising Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile US on the US$26.5bn Sprint acquisition; Zayo Group in its US$14.3bn take-private by Digital Colony and EQT Infrastructure; and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, in partnership with Netrality's management team, on their acquisition of Netrality Data Centers from funds managed by Abrams Capital Management.

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TMT Financing Bank – EMEA (Deal Value)

Winner: Societe Generale

Societe Generale worked on 100 financing deals in the qualifying period including some of the largest transactions in the sector, namely: the E5.4bn bridge facility for Altran Technologies; Cap Gemini's E3.5bn bond issue; Cellnex Telecom's £2bn acquisition loan to acquire Arqiva; and Deutsche Glasfaser's E1.4bn loan.

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TMT Financing Bank – EMEA (Deal Quantity)

Winner: Societe Generale

Societe Generale worked on 100 financing deals in the qualifying period including some of the largest transactions in the sector, namely: the E5.4bn bridge facility for Altran Technologies; Cap Gemini's E3.5bn bond issue; Cellnex Telecom's £2bn acquisition loan to acquire Arqiva; and Deutsche Glasfaser's E1.4bn loan.

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TMT Financing Bank – Asia Pacific (Deal Value)

Winner: HSBC

Standout deals included key financing transactions in the qualifying period such as Singtel Group's S$3.5bn loan; Vocus Group's AU$1.379bn refinancing package; Lufax's US$1.29bn loan; and Softbank KK's Margin Loan totalling JPY 500bn.

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TMT Financing Bank – Asia Pacific (Deal Quantity)

Winner: HSBC

Standout deals included key financing transactions in the qualifying period such as Singtel Group's S$3.5bn loan; Vocus Group's AU$1.379bn refinancing package; Lufax's US$1.29bn loan; and Softbank KK's Margin Loan totalling JPY 500bn.

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Digital Infrastructure Investor of the Year

Winner: EQT

For deals including the US$8.2bn joint take private of US infrastructure services provider Zayo Group; the E2.8bn joint acquisition of German internet business Deutsche Glasfaser and combination with inexio; plus the E1.7bn acquisition of Swedish fibre and infrastructure provider IP-Only and subsequent merger with GlobalConnect.

TMT Investor of the Year

Winner: KKR

For deals including the US$1.5bn investment into India's Jio Platforms; the E5bn joint takeover of Spanish telecoms operator Masmovil; the acquisition of The UK-based HR software firm Citation Group; the exit of German internet business Deutsche Glasfaser in a E2.8bn sale; the £500m acquisition of UK broadband provider Hyperoptic; the takeover of German media group Axel Springer for E2.9bn; the joint public tender offer for Mediwan; and the E600m acquisition of German payments firm Heidelpay.

TMT M&A Growth Story of the Year

Winner: Iliad

For key developments in 2019/20 including: a E3.5bn deal agreed to acquire Polish operator Play Communications, and subsequent E800m transaction with Cellnex to take part ownership of Play's towers infrastructure; a E1.4bn capital increase for a 19.7% share buyback programme backed by a E2bn financing package; the sale of Iliad's mobile towers in France, Italy and Switzerland to Spanish infrastructure group Cellnex for E2.7bn; the acquisition of a 30% stake in Instadrone in France; fibre deals with InfraVia in France (worth E600m), Open Fiber in Italy and a new financing agreement with EIB in France; plus continued growth in recent market entries in Italy and Ireland since entry in 2017.

TMT Due Diligence Adviser of the Year

Winner: Altman Solon

The year to August 2020 was a pivotal year for Solon Management Consulting and Altman Vilandrie & Company, which merged to form the world's largest independent TMT-focused strategy consulting firm: Altman Solon. The company delivered 200 diligence assignments in the twelve months to August 2020, which have ranged from investment into global edge datacentre portfolios, fast growing SaaS businesses, through to investment into French rural fibre, via restructuring of US operators.

TMT M&A Law Firm of the Year

Winner: Clifford Chance

Including advising Telefonica on its mammoth £31bn joint venture with Liberty Global in the UK; plus Cellnex on multiple transactions, including its £2bn acquisition of Arqiva's towers business in the UK and E210m acquisition of Cignal Infrastructure in Ireland; Masmovil Ibercom on the E5bn takeover bid by KKR, Cinven and Providence, one of the largest Private Equity transactions in Spanish history; Maoyan Entertainment on its US$250m IPO and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; and PIF, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, on its US$550m investment into Babylon, the world's leading AI and digital healthcare provider.

Technology M&A Deal of the Year – Europe

Winner: Just Eat Takeaway.com (The Netherlands)
The merger of Just Eat and Takeaway.com for £6.2bn (US$8.08bn)

Financial advisers: Bank of America Securities, Lazard, Gleacher Shacklock (Takeaway.com); Goldman Sachs, UBS, Oakley Advisory (Just Eat).
Legal advisers: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Takeaway.com), Slaughter and May (Takeaway.com), Linklaters (Just Eat).

Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year – Asia

Winner: AirTrunk (Australia)
Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets (MIRA)-led consortium's acquisition of AirTrunk from Founder Robin Khuda, Goldman Sachs' Special Situations Group and Sixth Street Partners for A$3bn (US$2.1bn).

Financial advisers: Goldman Sachs, Grant Samuel (AirTrunk and shareholders), Macquarie Capital (MIRA consortium).
Legal advisers: Hogan Lovells, Norton Rose Fulbright, DLA Piper (Airtrunk and shareholders), Kings & Wood Mallesons, Baker McKenzie, Linklaters (MIRA).

Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year - Americas

Winner: Zayo Group (USA)
Digital Colony and EQT Infrastructure's take-private of Zayo Group for US$14.3bn.

Financial advisers: Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan (Zayo); Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley (EQT, Digital Colony).
Legal advisers: Skadden Arps (Zayo), Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (EQT/Digital Colony).

Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year - EMEA

Winner: Deutsche Glasfaser (Germany)
EQT Infrastructure and OMERS' acquisition of Deutsche Glasfaser from KKR for E2.8bn.

Financial advisers: Morgan Stanley (KKR); Credit Suisse, JP Morgan (EQT Infrastructure, OMERS).
Legal advisers: Clifford Chance (KKR), Eversheds Sutherland (Deutsche Glasfaser management), Latham & Watkins (EQT, OMERS)

Highly commended: InterXion (Netherlands)
Digital Realty's acquisition of InterXion from InterXion shareholders for US$8.4bn.

Financial advisers: Bank of America, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley (Digital Realty); Guggenheim Securities (InterXion).
Legal advisors: Greenberg Traurig, Debevoise & Plimpton, Moelis & Company (InterXion), Homburger (Digital Reality), Latham & Watkins, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Digital Reality).

Telecom Deal of the Year - Global

Winner: T-Mobile US' merger with Sprint for US$26.5bn. (USA)

Financial advisers: The Raine Group, JP Morgan (Sprint). PJT Partners, Goldman Sachs, Evercore (T-Mobile US). Morgan Stanley (Deutsche Telekom).
Legal advisers: DLA Piper (T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom), Latham & Watkins (T-Mobile, independent directors), Morrison & Foerster (Sprint, SoftBank), Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (T-Mobile).