Vinge has won Mergermarket’s award Sweden M&A Legal Adviser of the Year.
This is the fifth year in a row that the award has gone to Vinge and it concludes a year comprising a record number of, as well as complex, transactions.
“We are proud that we were able, in the face of stiff competition, to win this award for the fifth year in a row. We are particularly happy that the jury placed particular emphasis on our advice in connection with Tele2’s merger with ComHem, the first merger between two listed companies for seven years. This was a transaction where we could utilize the scope of our full service offering, from identifying a model for this type of merger which works from a capital market law perspective and to resolving the very complex competition law issues which arise when two competitors merge”, says Maria-Pia Hope, CEO of Vinge.
Throughout this year, Vinge has been engaged in 97 transactions to a total value of SEK 255 billion, as well as 9 IPOs. The transactions included, in addition to the merger between Tele2 and ComHem, Autoliv’s spin off of Veoneer Inc and Sandvik’s sale of Hyperion to KKR. A recurring trend during the year consisted of strategic investments in the Nordic region by American investors, for example, Mars Petcare’s acquisition of AniCura from Nordic Capital.
“After we underwent a generational shift in our M&A groups a few years ago, it is pleasing to be able to note that we continue to enjoy the faith and confidence of our clients and that during 2018 we have developed our offering as well as increased our deal count. When viewed in terms of both the number of pending engagements and the amount of new engagements which we are receiving, there are as yet no signs of any slowdown. Thanks to our size, we have the ability to concurrently handle several projects and nevertheless offer our clients teams with both the breadth and the specific competence which is required”, says Johan Winnerblad, chairman of the board of directors and head of Vinge’s M&A practice group.
The award for Sweden M&A Legal Adviser of the Year was presented on Thursday evening at Mergermarket’s Europe M&A Awards in London. The award is based on the number of transactions performed, the value of the transactions, the strategic, complex and innovative level of the transactions as well as listings which involve the private equity sector. The jury consists of experts within M&A and representatives from Mergermarket.
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