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Mayer Brown partner David Carpenter named a “Legal Advisor of the Year” finalist by M&A Advisor; firm also acted on 10 “Deal of the Year” finalists

17 October 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Corporate & Securities partner David Carpenter (New York) has been named a finalist in the “Legal Advisor of the Year” category of the 2013 M&A Advisor Awards.

Mr. Carpenter was selected for leading a Mayer Brown team that represented Nestlé in its $11.85 billion acquisition of Pfizer’s infant nutrition business. The transaction was one of the largest acquisitions announced in 2012 in the United States and expands the company’s presence in the global infant formula market.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions,” said David Fergusson, President of The M&A Advisor. “And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals.”

In addition, Mayer Brown advised on several transactions that The M&A Advisor named finalists in various categories:

• M&A Deal of the Year (over $1 billion): Acquisition of a 40% interest in Pioneer Natural Resources Company by Sinochem Petroleum USA LLC;

• M&A Deal of the Year (over $1 billion): Section 363 bankruptcy sale of Residential Capital, LLC substantially all operating and mortgage assets;

• M&A Deal of the Year (over $1 billion): Acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business by Nestlé;

• Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year (over $1 billion): Acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business by Nestlé;

• Cross-Border Deal of the Year (over $500 million): Acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business by Nestlé;

• Sector Deal of the Year – Healthcare/Life Sciences (over $500 million): Acquisition of Pfizer's infant nutrition business by Nestlé;

• Sector Deal of the Year – Financial Services Deal of the Year (over $200 million): Section 363 bankruptcy sale of Residential Capital, LLC substantially all operating and mortgage assets;

• Sector Deal of the Year – Technology, Media, Telecom (between $10 million and $100 million): Sale of Comverse Inc.'s stake in Starhome to Fortissimo Capital;

• Sector Deal of the Year – Energy: Acquisition of a 40% interest in Pioneer Natural Resources Company by Sinochem Petroleum USA LLC; and

• Sector Deal of the Year – Retail Manufacturing/Distribution: Merger of Visual Merchandising Inc. and Noa Visual Group.

An independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders will select the winners, which will be announced on December 17.

The M&A Advisor offers insights and intelligence on M&A activities and has established a premier network of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and financing professionals through research, reporting, publishing, symposiums and awards.
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