Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PRWEB UK) 22 April 2014
The shortlists for TMT M&A Adviser, Financing Bank, and Legal Adviser have been announced for the TMT Finance Middle East and North Africa 2014 Awards, with nine investment banks and four law firms making this year’s list.
The M&A Adviser shortlist includes BNP Paribas, which was sole financial adviser to Etisalat on its agreed E4.2bn acquisition of Maroc Telecom; Credit Agricole-CIB, which acted for Vivendi on the same transaction, as well as advising strategic capital-linked transactions for Zain KSA and Mobily; Goldman Sachs, which advised Qatar Foundation on its US$1.3bn investment into Bharti Airtel; and Lazard for its role advising Vivendi on the sale of Maroc Telecom, and also its mandate to advise STC on the sale of Axis Telecom.
BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole-CIB also made the shortlist for Financing Bank, alongside HSBC and four Gulf banks: Arab Bank Corporation; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank; National Bank of Abu Dhabi; and QInvest, for their roles on transactions such as Du’s US$1.17bn debt financing and Ooredoo’s debut US$ 1.25bn sukuk.
In the legal category, Clifford Chance, Dentons, Latham & Watkins and Webb Henderson were selected, with all four firms extremely active in 2013 and 2014 across the region.
The shortlists for the other five awards categories, including TMT Deal of the Year and Operator of the Year, have already been announced, and can be viewed here: http://www.tmtfinance.com/mena/awards/
The shortlists for M&A Adviser, Financing Bank and Law Firm of the Year are:
TMT M&A Adviser of the Year
1. BNP Paribas
2. Credit Agricole-CIB
3. Goldman Sachs
Financing Bank of the Year
1. Arab Bank Corporation
2. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
3. BNP Paribas
4. Credit Agricole-CIB
6. National Bank of Abu Dhabi
TMT Legal Adviser of the Year
1. Clifford Chance
3. Latham & Watkins
4. Webb Henderson
The TMT Finance MENA Awards are nominated by readers of TMT Finance, the global telecom finance and investment news provider, and then assessed by a panel of judges representing leaders from industry, finance and advisory.
The Judges Panel includes representatives from PwC, Coleago Consulting, Xona Partners, Barclays Capital, Hardiman Telecommunications, Accenture, Strategy&, Emergent Telecom Ventures, Clifford Chance, Citi and AT Kearney. Further details at http://www.tmtfinance.com/mena/awards/judges-panel
TMT Finance Middle East North Africa Awards provide a benchmark of aspiration for the companies nominated, and world class recognition for winners. The eight annual TMT Finance Middle East North Africa 2014 Conferences provides a unique platform for leaders from telecoms, media, technology, finance and advisory institutions to meet and debate growth opportunities for the region.
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