BCMS wins prestigious M&A Advisor award
The US$485m acquisition of Allworld Exhibitions by UBM plc has won the M&A Deal of the Year (US$250m-$500m) at the 9th Annual International M&A Awards. The ceremony was held on June 12 at the New York Athletic Club, New York City.
BCMS acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of Allworld Exhibitions throughout the transaction. Other advisors on the deal included JP Morgan Cazenove, KPMG, Ernst & Young and legal advisors Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy.
The Allworld Exhibitions deal won this highly prestigious international award ahead of high-profile transactions including the acquisition of Morrison Utility Services by First Reserve, and the merger of AAHC Inc with DYK Automotive LLC.
BCMS Director Jonathan Dunn, who led a BCMS deal team comprising experienced professionals from our offices in the UK and US, said: “It’s always gratifying to be recognised by the financial services community for the work we do for our clients. We’re obviously delighted to win this highly prestigious accolade, in a hugely competitive category.”
Greg Garland, who designed and ran the auction process, commented: “The Allworld Exhibitions deal was a dynamic and technically complex transaction. It was a landmark deal for BCMS, but bore many of the characteristics of the proven BCMS process. Its success – as acknowledged by the judges – demonstrates that the BCMS approach to selling companies for maximum value works for any deal size.”
David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor, said: “For the third year in a row, the increase of cross border M&A eclipsed the growth of domestic M&A during 2016. The 9th Annual International M&A Awards celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s leading corporate finance professionals, whose contribution to the global M&A market benefits businesses and consumers across the world.”