NEW YORK, NY (March 16, 2016) – Mergers & Acquisitions, the leading resource for middle-market dealmakers, has announced the winners of its ninth annual M&A Mid-Market Awards. The awards recognize the most notable dealmakers and deals that set the standard for transactions valued at less than $1 billion. David Brackett and John Martin, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, scored Dealmakers of the Year, and Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), owned by Amazon Inc., brought home Deal of the Year. Complete coverage of the winners is available online atTheMiddleMarket.com/awards2015 and in the April issue of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine.
The 2015 honorees, chosen by the editors of Mergers & Acquisitions,“outpaced the competition, expanded their businesses and closed hundreds of deals, even as overall dealmaking activity in the middle market declined,” said Editor-in-Chief Mary Kathleen Flynn. “The winners embodied the trends dominating today’s dealmaking, including cloud computing and innovative financing.”
Brackett and Martin spent 20 years nurturing Antares Capital to become the largest lender in the middle market. When General Electric Co. announced it would divest a wide range of non-core assets, Antares quickly became a coveted acquisition target, attracting many suitors. The co-CEOs steered Antares through the process, continuing prolific lending and accepting ultimately a $12 billion offer from Canada’s largest pension fund, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
AWS, the market leader in cloud-computing infrastructure, began ramping up M&A in 2015 with the pivotal $500 million purchase of video technology company Elemental Technologies Inc.
Mergers & Acquisitions also recognized the following firms:
About the M&A Mid-Market Awards
To be eligible for Mergers & Acquisitions' M&A Mid-Market Awards, deals must have closed during the previous year, involved a U.S.-based company as either buyer or seller and be valued at or below roughly $1 billion. Nominations are encouraged, but not required. Special consideration is given to such factors as performance, growth, innovation and thought leadership. Past winners include Amgen, Covidien, eBay, Fifth Street Management, GE Capital, GTCR, Harris Williams, HGGC, Hormel Foods, Jones Day, K&L Gates, Latham & Watkins, Lincoln International, Madison Capital, PPG Industries, Piper Jaffray & Co., Sullivan & Cromwell, Starbucks, Vector Capital, William Blair and Yahoo.
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