Celebrate a year in M&A with the best in the business. Mergermarket's Europe M&A Awards gather senior dealmakers from across the region at a black-tie gala dinner.
Our rigorous judging process is unique. It starts with analysis of our market-leading league tables followed by a shortlist announcement and scrutiny by a panel of expert judges.
There is only one winner per category, which means an M&A Award from Mergermarket is true recognition of an outstanding year.
Hosted by Gyles Brandreth
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers.
A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.
He holds the record for making the longest-ever after-dinner speech, lasting 12 and a half hours!
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June du HalgouëtHead of Mergers & AcquisitionsAirbus Group
Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Airbus Group, she heads all M&A transactions for the group. She joined EADS in 1997 as Vice-President Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to EADS, she was Executive Director at Ernst & Young transaction advisory services in Paris. She started her career in Grant Thornton in Germany in 1991 in audit and then capital markets and transaction advisory roles. She attended University College Dublin and the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Joanne CzekalowskaDirector, Europe Acquisitions IntegrationIBM
Joanne has over 15 years of experience in post merger integration, as both a Senior Associate for PwC and latterly leading the Acquisition Integration team in Europe for IBM.
Since joining IBM, Joanne has led the integration of over 90 software and services businesses in Europe. Starting at due diligence, she focuses on developing and implementing plans to grow sustainable revenue and integrate all the business operations.
Deal experience includes acquisitions ranging in size from small single country to larger multi nationals (over 1000 people across 14 countries), usually integrating 10+ businesses in parallel at any one time.
Joanne graduated from De Montfort University, UK and is also ACMA.
Prof. Scott MoellerDirector M&A Research CentreCass Business School
Prof Scott Moeller is the director and founder of the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School where he also Professor in the Practice of Finance. Scott is widely published as an author, including Why Deals Fail & How to Rescue Them: M&A Lessons for Deal Success (published by The Economist in September 2016), Surviving M&A: Making the Most of Your Company Being Acquired (John Wiley, 2009), the award-winning Intelligent M&A: Navigating the Mergers and Acquisitions Minefield (second edition, John Wiley, 2014). Prior to his teaching and research, Scott was at Deutsche Bank in London for 6 years in several senior banking positions. He worked first at Booz Allen & Hamilton management consultants for over five years and then at Morgan Stanley for 12 years in New York, Japan, and then as co-manager of Morgan Stanley in Germany. He currently sits on the board of several companies in Europe and the UK as a non-executive director. Scott is a graduate of Yale College (BA with honours), the Yale Graduate School (MA) and the Yale Management School (MBA).
Alessandra CastelliEMEA Public Markets EditorAcuris
Alessandra leads the European operation of Dealreporter. She has been in financial journalism for over 10 years having covered large scale of M&A deals across different sectors and regions.
Prior to this post, Alessandra was deputy editor for Dealreporter Europe and Head of Italian coverage where she coordinated all coverage on the market.
Alessandra's team provides intelligence for the equity and fixed income markets that is tailored to hedge funds, proprietary trading desks, security lending, ECM syndicate desks and institutional fund managers.