William Blair & Company was named the North American M&A Investment Bank of the Year by Global M&A Network. The award is based on the quantity and diversity of transactions conducted in North America and South America in 2010.
“We are tremendously honored to receive this award as a symbol of the successes we were able to help our clients achieve in 2010,” said Brent Gledhill, global head of Corporate Finance for William Blair & Company. “Our growing momentum in South America is just one example of how we are continually expanding our global reach and cross-border resources.”
Global M&A Network also recognized Euronet’s acquisition of Telecom Net as the Americas M&A Deal of the Year for deals valued between $5 million and $100 million. William Blair & Company served as Telecom Net’s exclusive financial advisor, guiding the Brazilian company through its acquisition by Euronet’s epay division.
The Americas M&A Atlas Awards were announced at a November 19 ceremony in New York. “Winners should take great pride in completing outstanding transactions, representing the very finest from the Americas middle-market mergers and acquisitions community,” said Shanta Kumari, managing partner of Global M&A Network.
In 2010, William Blair & Company has served clients from 20 different countries in completed or ongoing transactions. Telecom Net was William Blair & Company’s first sell-side client in Brazil. In June of this year, Global M&A Network also recognized William Blair & Company’s work helping Emerisque navigate and finance a Section 363 acquisition of Hartmarx as the Cross-Border Special Situation M&A Deal of the Year.
William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is a global investment firm offering investment banking, asset management, equity research, institutional and private brokerage, and private capital to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. Since 1935, we have been committed to helping clients achieve their financial objectives. As an independent, employee-owned firm, our philosophy is to serve our clients’ interests first and foremost. We place a high value on the enduring nature of our client relationships, the quality of our products and services, and the continuity and integrity of our people. William Blair & Company is based in Chicago, with office locations including Boston, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zurich.