Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2015 shortlist announced for EMEA

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Six telecom M&A deals, worth a combined total of US$19bn, have been shortlisted for the Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2015 for EMEA

Six telecom M&A deals, worth a combined total of US$19bn, have been shortlisted for the Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2015 for EMEA, which will be presented at the TMT Finance World Awards 2015 in London on December 1.

The final shortlist, which includes some of the sector’s most recognizable names, such as Altice, Zegona, Orange, Tele Columbus and Xavier Niel’s NJJ Capital, features: two cable acquisitions in Spain and Germany; two large cross border mobile acquisitions in Portugal and Switzerland; one bumper mobile/broadband convergence deal in Spain; and the sale Algeria’s largest operator. 13 investment banks have made the shortlist as advisers.

The six deals were selected by leading global TMT M&A and financing news provider, TMT Finance, with nominations provided by readers of the publication. The winner will be selected by a Judges Panel comprising 15 of the most experienced and active TMT bankers and advisers globally and presented at the Pullman Hotel, London St Pancras on December 1, following TMT Finance World Congress 2015.

Awards will also be presented for Telecom Infrastructure and Financing Deal of the Year, IPO, M&A Adviser, Leader, Financing Bank, Law Firm and Growth Story.

The Telecom M&A Deal of the Year 2015 EMEA shortlist:

NJJ’s acquisition of Orange Switzerland for US$2.9bn

  • Buyer: NJJ Capital
  • Seller: Apax
  • Target: Salt (Orange Switzerland)
  • Country: Switzerland
  • Closed: February 2015
  • Valuation: SFr2.8bn ($2.9bn)
  • Advisers: Credit Suisse (Apax); BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and Lazard (NJJ Capital)

VimpelCom’s sale of Djezzy to Algeria’s FNI for US$2.64bn

  • Buyer: Algerian National Investment Fund
  • Seller: VimpelCom
  • Target: Djezzy
  • Country: Algeria
  • Closed: January 2015
  • Valuation: US$2.64bn
  • Advisers: UBS (VimpelCom) and FTI Consulting (Algerian National Investment Fund)

Altice’s acquisition of Portugal Telecom from Oi for E7.4bn

  • Buyer: Altice
  • Seller: Oi
  • Target: Portugal Telecom
  • Country: Portugal
  • Closed: June 2015
  • Valuation: E7.4bn (US$8.15bn)
  • Advisers: Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg (Altice); BTG Pactual (Oi)

Orange’s acquisition of Jazztel for E3.4bn

  • Buyer: Orange
  • Seller: Jazztel shareholders
  • Target: Jazztel
  • Country: Spain
  • Closed: May 2015
  • Valuation: E3.4bn (US$3.75bn)
  • Advisers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Banco Santander (Orange); JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs (Jazztel)

Zegona’s acquisition of Telecable from Carlyle for E640m

  • Buyer: Zegona
  • Seller: Carlyle
  • Target: Telecable
  • Country: Spain
  • Closed: August 2015
  • Valuation: E640m (US$705m)
  • Advisers: Goldman Sachs (Carlyle); BNP Paribas (Zegona)

Tele Columbus’ acquisition of PrimaCom for E711m

  • Buyer: Tele Columbus
  • Seller: PrimaCom shareholders
  • Target: PrimaCom
  • Country: Germany
  • Closed: July 2015
  • Valuation: E711m (US$783m)
  • Advisers: JP Morgan (Tele Columbus); Jefferies (PrimaCom)

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