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Shortlist: Japan M&A Awards 2018

The shortlist for Mergermarket's Japan M&A Awards 2018 has been announced.


International M&A Financial Adviser of the Year

  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley

Domestic M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 

  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

Boutique M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 

  • Frontier Management Inc
  • GCA Corporation
  • Lincoln International LLC

International M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Jones Day
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Domestic M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi

Private Equity Deal of the Year Large Cap (Private Equity firm) in conjunction with AVCJ

  • Bain Capital
  • MBK
  • KKR
  • Japan Industrial Partners

Private Equity Deal of the Year Mid Cap (Private Equity firm) in conjunction with AVCJ

  • Advantage Partners
  • Aspirant
  • CITIC Capital Japan
  • CLSA
  • Integral
  • J-Star
  • Longreach Group
  • NSSK
  • Polaris
  • Tokio Marine Capital
  • Unison

Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year in conjunction with AVCJ

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Ropes & Gray LLP

Mid-Market M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD

  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 50-300 million USD

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi

Outbound M&A Financial Adviser of the Year

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
  • KPMG
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.

Outbound M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Linklaters
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nishimura & Asahi

Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Financial Adviser of the Year

  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nishimura & Asahi

Industrials & Chemicals M&A Financial Adviser of the Year 

  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc
  • PwC
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc
  • UBS Investment Bank

Industrials & Chemicals M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 

  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi

Consumer M&A Financial Adviser of the Year

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Deloitte
  • JPMorgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • PwC
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP

Financial Services M&A Financial Adviser of the Year

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
  • Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC
  • Nomura Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc

Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP

M&A Innovation of the Year

This award provides firms (either Legal, Financial or Consulting) the opportunity to highlight its unique and innovative approach to deal-making in Japan. Firms are invited to pitch one deal during the qualifying period 1st April 2017-31st March 2018 that best demonstrates its position at the forefront of new thinking on Japanese M&A. Firms should submit pitches directly to sarah.doyle@acuris.com by the 11th May 2018.

These awards are given at the discretion of the expert judging panel, based on notable deals during the qualifying period 1st April 2017-31st March 2018

  • Financial  Services M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) 
  • Consumer M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) 
  • Industrials and  Chemicals M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner)
  • Technology, Media & Telecom M&A Deal of the Year  (corporate winner) 
  • M&A Deal of the Year (corporate winner) 

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