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CONTENTS

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Editor's Introduction

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Asia

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Europe

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North America

26 Oceania & Global 30

Winner’s Index

Editor in Chief Richard Baker 2nd Floor Quayside Tower 252 - 260 Broad Street Birmingham West Midlands B1 2HF United Kingdom +44 (0)20 3291 3493

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Welcome to M&A Today Global Rankings – 2017

By broadening the focus beyond advertising alone, the purpose of the M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017, is to lift the perception of creativity above clever headlines and provide the readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation. The intellectual and emotional achievement of communication transcends the barriers of distance, language and culture. The M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017, program extends over regional, national and international boundaries and reaches out to the readers in an empirical, impartial and comprehensive way. As with each of the editions of M&A Today, produced during the course of the year, the M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017, provides the reader with in-depth analysis and coverage of the ever changing legal and financial landscape across the globe, whilst documenting those firms that are truly leaders within their specific areas of specialisation. In summary, in the current challenging times, the M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017, program provides a benchmark of the very best of the best industry leaders, exemplary teams and distinguished organisations based on the simple principles of veracity, accuracy and insight. The M&A Today – Global Rankings – 2017 edition has been divided into sections, via continent. Furthermore, you will find a full and comprehensive winners index towards the back of the supplement. We would like to extend our congratulations to all of those recognised for 2017.

Richard Baker Editor in Chief

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ASIA Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy

Family Lawyer of the Year – Mrs. Awatif

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Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - United Arab Emirates

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Deep & Far

Intellectual Property - Taiwan

Divina Law

Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year - The Philippines

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Lee, Tsai & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Full Service – Taiwan

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Asia Family Lawyer of the Year – Mrs. Awatif Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy is a full-service law firm committed to deliver sound judgment to its clients on their most difficult and important matters. Established in 2003, the firm was first known as Advocates Without Frontiers before it expanded and was recently renamed Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy, the company’s license owner, with a head office in Dubai and a branch office in Abu Dhabi. Al Rowaad Advocates is the official firm representing the Consulate of France in Dubai. Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy is duly licensed to perform legal services and advocacy in the U.A.E., reaching out to local and U.A.E.based international clients. Among Al Rowaad’s strong practice areas are family law, corporate & commercial, banking, maritime & transport, labor, litigation & arbitration and real estate. Our law firm recognises the importance of staff training so that our clients can count on our expertise in the various and complex aspects of the law, and receive the highest level of personalized service. We are a multi-lingual firm offering services in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Iranian and Tagalog.

United Arab Emirates

With over 10 years’ extensive experience practising as a legal consultant, Mr. Hassan Mohsen Elhais has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the legal sector. Mr. Elhais is committed to delivering the best possible legal solutions through his varied expertise which includes, amongst other things, arbitration, banking law, commercial law, company law, criminal law, family law, extraditions, inheritance law, the incorporation of companies, labour law and maritime law. With significant experience in the UAE local market, Mr. Elhais specialises in drafting statements of claim, memos, replies and legal opinions for both corporate and individual clients He is also a seasoned litigator and arbitration counsel.

Hassan Elhais

Office:

The H Office Tower 29th floor Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 40073, Dubai UAE +971 4 325 4000 Tel: +971 4 358 9494 Fax: info@alrowaad.ae Email: Website: www.alrowaad.ae

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Office:

The H Office Tower 29th floor Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 40073, Dubai UAE +971 4 355 8000 Tel: Mobile: +971 50 5065861 hassan@professionallawyer.me Email: Website: www.professionallawyer.me

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Intellectual Property

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Asia Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year

The Philippines Atty. Nilo T. Divina was given the ACQ Global Award for Managing Partner of the Year for 2015 and 2017. He was also a finalist and the sole Philippine nominee for the coveted Regional Managing Partner of the Year Award.

DivinaLaw is a leading full-service law firm in the Philippines. We take pride in advocating and practicing dynamic lawyering - always prompt, proactive and result-oriented. DivinaLaw’s clients include leading companies in banking and finance, manufacturing, retail, power, oil and gas, education, health care and insurance, realty and property development, and technology. Top-tier Litigation Practice DivinaLaw understands the impact of a major litigation. Often costly and inconvenient, we are committed to help clients avoid them. When litigation becomes unavoidable, we strategize and determine the best course of action to fully protect the client’s interests, or to contain the risks and minimize their effects. Our collective litigation experience may be said to be among the most extensive in the country. Many of the cases we have handled have often drawn public attention due to the high profile nature of the work, as well as impact they have for our clients. We have won several landmark cases which eventually found their way in the annals of Philippine jurisprudence. Our roster of satisfied clients include several high-profile and ranking government officials, former presidents and incumbent presidents of Government Financial Institutions (GFls), corporate industry leaders, and high net-worth individuals. Top-tier Corporate Law Practice DivinaLaw’s corporate law practice is among the best in the country. We advise and represent industry leaders on a wide range of legal and business concerns. Our clients consider us as legal advisers and partners in their growth and expansion. Our lawyers have facility in tax, labor and employment, environmental impact, real estate and competition law, which allow us to provide comprehensive and relevant advisory and transactional work for clients and insulating them, to the best possible extent, from future litigation. Under the helm of the Managing Partner, Atty. Nilo Divina, who is a recognized expert in commercial and corporate law, we have the capability to discuss the commercial and practical implications of decisions beyond purely technical legal advice. Awards and Recognitions • Innovation Excellence Award for Most Outstanding Independent Law Firm in the Philippines for 2015 • ACQ Law Award for Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year for 2014 • Corporate LiveWire Awards’ Corporate Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines for 2016 • Asian Legal Business (ALB) Philippine Law Awards’ Labor and • Employment Law Firm of the Year for 2016 • Corporate LiveWire Awards’ Banking Law Firm of the Year – Philippines for 2017 • Corporate International Magazine’s Investment Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines for 2016 and 2017 • Corporate International Magazine’s Commercial Litigation Law Firm in the Philippines for 2017 • ACQ Global Award’s Philippine Law Firm of the Year for 2017 • ACQ Global Award’s Corporate Law Firm of the Year for 2017 • ACQ Global Award’s Philippine Law Firm of the Year for 2017

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For the Asian Legal Business (ALB) 13th Annual ALB SE Asia Law Awards held on 18 May 2017 at The St. Regis, Singapore, Atty. Estrella C. Elamparo, Senior Partner and Head of the Commercial and Criminal Litigation Department, was awarded Woman Lawyer of the Year for the South East Asian Region, while the Firm was named finalist in the Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year category, in the ALB SE Asia Law Awards. DivinaLaw earlier dominated the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2016 when it was named Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year, and shortlisted in the Litigation, Arbitration and Investments Law Firm of the Year categories. International Links DivinaLaw is the sole Philippine member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a top-rated international association of over 100 independent law firms from more than 50 countries. We are also the only Philippine member of LEGALINK, also a top-ranked global network of 68 independent law firms from a majority of the world’s commercial centers. The Firm’s affiliation with and membership in these top international legal associations gives it access to cross-border information crucial to the handling of international commercial transactions. Expansion to Singapore and Hong Kong Last year, the Firm established its corporate service arm in Singapore to bolster its regional base and complement its increasing domestic presence, with the Firm now having affiliate offices in eight (8) major cities in the Philippines. Building on this success, DivinaLaw is expanding further to cater to regional and global demand for dynamic lawyers. DivinaLaw also plans to expand its overseas operations through a Hong Kong branch within the year. The Managing Partner Nilo T. Divina, managing partner, is a leading counsellor and authority in Philippine corporate law and litigation. He founded the firm in 2006, and has been the firm’s managing partner since. He grew the firm from a crew of nine lawyers to the present complement of 56 attorneys and counsels. He is also the dean of the Faculty of Civil Law of the University of Santo Tomas, one the Philippines’ leading law schools. Atty. Divina’s experience spans some 25 years of appearing before courts of all levels and various quasi-judicial agencies. He led the firm in winning several landmark cases before the Philippine Supreme Court, including cases that clarified important issues in credit transactions, the National Internal Revenue Code, and the Family Code, and helped strengthen parts of the Rules of Corporate Rehabilitation. He is an active member of several Supreme Court committees on reforms in legal education and court procedures. He is recognized as an expert and the youngest Bar Reviewer in Commercial Law in the Philippines.

Contact Details: Office number: Fax: Email: Web:

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Nilo T. Divina Managing Partner (632) 822-0808 loc. 220 (632) 822-7878 nilo.divina@divinalaw.com www.divinalaw.com


Asia Law Firm of the Year - Full Service – Taiwan

Firm Overview: Dr. Chung-Teh Lee and Jaclyn Tsai founded the first office of the Lee Tsai Group in Taipei in 1998 with the professional motto “Reason” and “Compassion”. In July 2001, the Lee Tsai Group opened its second office in Shanghai to assist multinational companies and Taiwanese companies in their inbound investments into China. In response to clients’ pressing need for legal expertise on the increasingly close economic relationship between the PRC and Taiwan, the Lee Tsai Group established the Beijing office in July 2010 to assist multinational companies develop their business in the Greater China region and to assist local PRC companies in their outbound investments with a specific focus on investments into Taiwan. The Lee Tsai Group’s seamless operation between offices allows its clients full access to the entire professional team, regardless of location. Main Areas of Practice and Key Clients: Infrastructure Projects / Construction Laws: Key Clients: Bechtel, Siemens AG, Google Inc., Ansaldo Group, and Taiwan Cement Co. Mergers and Acquisitions / Global Investment: Key Clients: Macquarie Group; TSRC Corporation; Chenbro Micom Co., Ltd.; Chime Ball Technology Co., Ltd.; Essilor International S.A.; Test Rite Group Dispute Resolution: Key Clients: Bayer Group, Siemens Group, Unisys, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, Josef Gartner & Co. (HK) Ltd. Intellectual Property Law: Key Clients: TSRC Corporation; Carl Zeiss, TSMC, ITRI, 3M, and Adidas Media and Entertainment Key Clients: Catchplay, Inc.; Eastern Broadcasting Company; Public Television Service Foundation

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Capitel Market / Securities Key Clients: Global Strategic Investment Inc.; Dragonfound Investments Limited; Wenergy Global PTE; Chlitina Holding Limited Patent Registration/Prosecution Key Clients: Acer Incorporated; Carl Zeiss SMT AG; Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; Industrial Technology Research Institute; TSRC Co. Trade Mark Registration Key Clients: Chlitina Group; Griffin Technology, Inc.; Linli Group; Monsanto; Rapala VMC Corporation; Wyse Technology Inc.

CT Lee

LEE, TSAI & PARTNERS Web: Tel: Fax: Email:

www.leetsai.com 886 2 2378-5780 886 2 2378-5781 lawtec@leetsai.com

Offices: Tel: Fax:

TAIWAN TAIPEI: 886 2 2378 5780 886 2 2378 5781

Tel: Fax:

CHINA SHANGHAI: 86 21 6288 2988 86 21 6288 2989

Tel: Fax:

BEIJING: 86 10 8306 5860 86 10 8306 5861

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Europe

EUROPE Averian Consulting Limited

Business Advisory Services Firm of the Year - UK & Ireland

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Bargate Murray Limited

Client Choice - Yacht Law Firm of the Year - England

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Camden Associates

Sustained Excellence in Biotech Corporate Finance - UK

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HAELLMIGK

EU Trade & Customs Law Firm of the Year - Germany

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Legatus Law

Individual - Business Turnaround Lawyer of the Year - England

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Leumi ABL

Asset Based Lender of the Year – United Kingdom

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Moore Stephens

Audit Accountancy Firm of the Year - Jersey

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Global Sustainability Private Equity - Adviser of the Year - UK

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SIA Group

Asset Disposal Firm of the Year – United Kingdom, Asset Appraiser

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of the Year / Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year – United Kingdom, Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

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Europe Business Advisory Services Firm of the Year

Firm Profile: Averian Global was established in 2008 to meet the needs of clients undergoing organisational or strategic change. The firm has grown organically and through acquisition (most recently Bridgewater Management in Ireland) to become one of the leading consulting firms in Europe and the Middle East offering Strategic, Technical and Solution Consulting to clients of all sizes. Averian Global now helps meet the needs of the world’s largest companies experiencing strategic challenges and undergoing significant business transformation. Since formation, the company has built a client base of successful SME’s, multinational and blue chip clients. Averian has been instrumental in adding significant value to these organisations and has a track record of success across many sectors to include Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Financial Services, Insurance, Utilities and Telecommunications. Our team of experienced and dedicated strategy professionals are

chosen for their broad range of skills and are expected to have practical hands on entrepreneurial experience allied with sound academic knowledge. Our consultants have experience in delivering business strategies, transformation and organizational change programmes. Through our innovative ‘CSI’ offering (C-Suite Initiatives) we focus on the achievement of business value along with very strong analytical and communication skills which enable us to manage change initiatives to solution delivery. To date we have created initiatives valued at over $1bln for our clients. On our Technical side, we have built specialist SWAT teams – experts in Software Analysis and Testing to ensure clients position only the best and most appropriate solution to meet their needs. Averian has also recently acquired BusinessChallenger.com, an innovative cloud based solution to provide consistent and expert reviews of business documents in order to remove ambiguous or vague requirements within initiatives from the

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earliest possible stage. This solution is currently in use amongst several Enterprise Support agencies and bodies across Ireland and the UK. At Averian, we understand the link between People, Process and Technology – we build on this and develop practical workable solutions through strategic guidance, business analysis, design, planning and solution delivery. It is our passion for helping businesses grow that makes Averian the best there is. Areas of Expertise: Our service offerings are as follows – • Strategy / Business Model Development • Technical and Solution Design and Programme Management • Financial/Accounting Services/ PMO / Test Services • Business Restructuring – Operational, Organisational, Strategic • Business Planning and Feasibility Studies • Training & Business Mentoring Averian Global – Alan Carey, Chief Executive

Contact Details: Address:

Tel:

Bridgewater House 89 O’Connell Street Limerick Ireland +353 61 348348

Offices in Dublin, London, New York and Dubai

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Europe Client Choice - Yacht Law Firm of the Year

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Europe Sustained Excellence in Biotech Corporate Finance

Camden Associates was created in 2003 and is focusing on international transactions with a particular emphasis on mining, consumer goods, tech and biotech. 1. In spite of fairly difficult business conditions in 2016 we have managed to maintain our activity levels. 2. The overall sentiment remains very cautious when it is not outright negative. In fact business confidence seems to gather momentum but general activity levels well below previous years levels. In other words the feeling is that things will finally turnaround but the upside is not yet in sight. In particular, things remains fairly difficult for the exit market. 3. The mergers and acquisition market is becoming quite difficult as well unlike anything we have seen in years. Traditional private equity firms are being increasingly bypassed . This has to do with fees but with a more critical look taken by clients at the deliverables. In other words , is it worth the money ? Camden being unusual in its reach suffers less from this trend.

5. In the past few years we have worked for australian firms acquiring canadian firms, chinese firms wishing to get public in Germany, Chilean firm wishing ot acquire properties in the Congo (ROC), a french biotech company for which we have raised finance in the US, and for a well known US biotech company looking for investors in Europe. We have helped a large well known russian energy company get finance for eastern european projects. More recently a group of Russian investors seeking to acquire a private french jewellery company. Our know how is truly international as our track record demonstrates. This protects us somewhat from the downtrend in private equity. We certainly look forward to 2017 which so far looks set to be a good year. What sets us apart is old fashioned dedication to a client’s problem and a belief that creativity is at the heart of every solution. This said, we do have a unique knowledge of cultures and countries which we put to work to solve clients problems when they get hit by strong changes in the local economy or the business environment. We will be busy in the next months to come!

4. We are very focused on the biotech sector and work with firms in various fields : it might be american firms like our long term client INOVIO , french firms like Theravectys a spin off from the Pasteur Institute or research firms like Biopharmanalyses. We are about problem solving. Sustained excellence is simply dedication to the client.

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Europe EU Trade & Customs Law Firm of the Year

Germany

HAELLMIGK

Foreign Trade § Export Control Firm description

logistics companies, Incoterms, CISG

HAELLMIGK is a highly recommended boutique law firm in Germany specialising in the areas of foreign trade and export control law. HAELLMIGK advises mid-tier companies and corporations on all issues related to export control, embargoes and sanctions, compliance, commercial matters and other regulatory aspects of trade.

• German and English seminars for the management, senior staff, export and logistics departments

HAELLMIGK has a wealth of experience and exceptional expertise in national and international export control law. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for assisting companies in the set up of internal compliance programmes including the handling of international supply chains. Further, HAELLMIGK is highly recommended for supporting companies in the classification of goods and licensing procedures as well as for assisting clients in criminal and administrative proceedings. In addition, the firm is particularly well regarded for its excellent advice on international sanctions regimes, especially US export control law and US embargos. HAELLMIGK’s legal services include: •Advice on EU and national export controls • Advice on US export controls • Support in the classification of goods, representation before the authorities in relation to information requests • Advice on shipments within and outside of the European Union • Advice on trade restrictions due to current embargos/ sanctions • Support in customs laws issues: customs simplifications, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), customs audit • Carrying out internal export control audits: analysis of sensitive shipments, assessment of classification lists, analysis of process instruction • Support in the organisation and setup of internal export control compliance processes (Internal Compliance Programme): preparation of procedure instructions, implementation of working procedures, setup of an export control management

Biography – Dr. Philip Haellmigk, LL.M. Dr. Philip Haellmigk, LL.M., the founding partner of HAELLMIGK, heads the firm. Dr. Haellmigk has practised trade and export control law for more than 10 years. Dr. Haellmigk has a wealth of experience and exceptional expertise in the areas foreign trade, export control, compliance and commercial law. He has been involved in every aspect of export compliance, from developing compliance programmes to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients under investigation, preparing voluntary disclosures, preparing classification requests and licences, analysing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific topics and addressing penalty assessments. Due to his international education and qualifications – he studied law in various countries and is admitted as a lawyer to several bars in Europe – Dr. Haellmigk also has exceptional expertise on international sanctions regimes including the US export control law and the US embargos. Dr. Haellmigk is admitted both as a German lawyer and as a solicitor (England and Wales). Further, he holds a degree in French law (Licence en Droit). Dr Haellmigk studied law in Germany, France Switzerland, the United States, England and Scotland. After his postgraduate studies in Scotland, where he focused on comparative law, he was awarded a LL.M. degree. He also holds a PhD in comparative law. Dr. Haellmigk is a frequent writer and speaker at domestic and international conferences. He is also a lecturer at international business schools where he teaches international business and international contract law. Dr. Haellmigk is fluent in English, French and German. He also speaks Spanish and Italian and has basic knowledge in Mandarin. Contact details

• Advice on the appointment of persons responsible for export and export control

Dr. Philip Haellmigk, LL.M.

• Support in the integration of export control compliance software, IT solutions for export control

Solicitor (England & Wales)

• Preparation of voluntary disclosures of export control law infringements, representation before the authorities • Foreign trade audits: preparation of companies, communication with the auditing authorities • Representing companies and the management board in criminal and administrative proceedings • Contractual advice: review of export and supply agreements, agreements with subcontractors and

Attorney at law (Germany) Licencié en Droit (France) Head of Law Firm Address: Tel: Fax: Website:

HAELLMIGK, Georgenstrasse 93, 80798 Munich, Germany +49 89 2870 2500 +49 89 2870 2501 legal.dr.haellmigk@haellmigk.com

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Europe Individual - Business Turnaround Lawyer of the Year

Asset Based Lender of the Year

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Europe Audit Accountancy Firm of the Year

Jersey

AUDIT & ASSURANCE

Providing insightful business audits to drive your company forward. We offer specialised and bespoke audit and assurance services, designed to meet your exact needs and requirements. Our team of professional and qualified personnel will provide you with support and expertise to ensure your audit experience is seamless. For further information please email: phillip.callow@moorestephens-jersey.com or telephone: +44 (0)1534 880088

www.moorestephensci.com

PRECISE. PROVEN. PERFORMANCE.

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Europe Global Sustainability Private Equity - Adviser of the Year

Firm Profile We believe sustainability lies at the core of business success, so we provide a comprehensive range of services to support business leaders drive growth, reduce and manage risk, maintain supply chain integrity, improve efficiency and strengthen reputation.

range of stakeholders are also concerned – and in the case of regulators, this may lead to regulatory risks. For instance, the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act in 2015 has focused attention on slavery and worker exploitation, raising PE houses’ concerns about their portfolio companies’ compliance.

PwC’s global sustainability team works with public and private sector clients, NGOs, private entrepreneurs, policy makers and think tanks to make business and economic sense of sustainability and climate change. We are a team of around 800 globally, with 100 specialists based in the UK.

Aside from external pressures, PE clients are also increasingly seeing that ESG issues can impact more directly on the bottom line. The concept of saving resources, such as water or energy use, by doing more with less (so-called ‘eco-efficiencies’) can lead to significant financial savings as well as environmental benefits. On the upside, tighter regulatory pressures, particularly in relation to carbon, and the continued rise of the ethical consumer, has provided some PE portfolio companies with opportunities to grow revenue streams from more responsible products.

Our award-winning Private Equity sustainability team focuses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues faced by our private equity (PE) clients. Whether it’s protecting value through managing risk, or generating value by spotting opportunities, ESG issue management plays an important role in value creation. As shown in our recent survey and report, Are we nearly there yet? Private equity and the responsible investment journey, ESG management is no longer a ‘nice to have’ but rather a business basic. This comes not just from a wish to avoid reputational damage, but because there is strong evidence of commercial advantage. One of the key findings for PE houses is that two fifth of respondents said they would pay a premium for a target company due to its strong ESG performance, and, on the contrary, would walk away or discount an investment based on poor ESG performance. Our findings are also supported by a CFA Institute survey of its members, which found that 73% take ESG issues into account in their investment analysis and decisions in order to manage investment risks. Increased focus on responsible investment Driven by risk management and investors’ expectations, an increasing number of PE houses demonstrate strong interest in embedding consideration of ESG matters in their investment strategy. This is being achieved through the implementation of ESG policies and procedures at house or fund level, conducting “ESG reviews” of portfolio companies to establish baselines for action, and eventually assessing the environmental and social impact of their investments. A number of PE Houses now use our company-specific ESG reviews as part of the fund raising process to demonstrate to potential investors that their expectations around investing responsibly will be met. Our ESG reviews at a portfolio level are also used to communicate to investors that this is a means of protecting and raising the value of their investments. However, investor pressure is only one reason that our PE clients are thinking about these ESG issues. A broader

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Therefore, by focusing on ESG risk and opportunities at all stages of the deal cycle - from pre-acquisition sustainability assessments, portfolio company ESG reviews during the “hold” period and to sustainability advice at exit - we identify the value that can be protected, created and monetised. And, as stakeholder interest in ESG issues increases, ESG management will continue to become an area in which PE houses can show that they make a real and measurable difference. Areas of PE Responsible Investment Development of Responsible Investment strategies, policies and procedures; provision of “tools” for policy implementation, including electronic tools for screening potential investments for environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities; provision of Responsible Investment training and facilitation of ESG forums and workshops to share good practice and common challenges; ESG due diligence preacquisition; portfolio company ESG reviews, monitoring and improvement programmes and reporting during the hold period, and; Vendor Due Diligence and IPO readiness exercises prior to exit.

Phil Case - Director PwC Sustainability & Climate Change Tel: Email: Web:

+44 (0) 207 212 4166 philip.v.case@pwc.com www.pwc.co.uk/sustainability

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Europe Asset Disposal Firm of the Year – United Kingdom, Asset Appraiser of the Year / Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year – United Kingdom, Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom

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North America

NORTH AMERICA High Rock Partners, Inc.

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Firm of the Year - North Carolina, USA

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Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

Best in Life Sciences - 2017

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Steinman & Rogers LLP

Regulatory Lawyer of the Year – USA, Boutique Law Firm of the Year – USA,

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International Anti-Corruption Law Firm of the Year – USA, Customer Service Law Firm of the Year – USA

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North America Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Firm of the Year - North Carolina

High Rock Partners is a boutique firm of strategic and M&A advisors serving leaders of emerging growth and middle-market companies ...to make key strategic decisions; navigate and execute on transitions of ownership; accelerate growth to the next level; or to reposition the company. We use a unique and proven blend of experiences and tools in strategy, mergers & acquisitions, financing and deals coupled with leadership and creative solutions to achieve the desired outcome. High Rock Partners offers strategic and M&A advisory services... providing your team with an objective perspective, a broad network of resources, expertise in deal-making, and senior level staff to address strategic issues. Our perspective is based on analysis and experience, and our deal-making is, among other things, a

combination of analysis, relationship-building, and transaction expertise. Many times we act as our client’s outsourced corporate development or corporate finance department, augmenting their executive team’s capability and capacity. In addition, we bring external process and knowledge as our clients seek to research and clarify strategic issues and potential alternate solutions. You can view High Rock Partners as a hybrid firm enabling access to leading-edge strategic thinking coupled with sophisticated, yet practical, investment banking deal skills wrapped in entrepreneurial and agile execution ...all focused on the needs of private business owners. Kenneth H Marks, Managing Partner (919) 256-8152 Tel: Web: www.HighRockPartners.com

USA

Best in Life Sciences - 2017

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North America Regulatory Lawyer of the Year – USA, Boutique Law Firm of the Year – USA, International Anti-Corruption Law Firm of the Year – USA, Customer Service Law Firm of the Year – USA

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Oceania & Global

OCEANIA & GLOBAL Bridgewater Management Consulting Group

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Consultancy Firm of the Year - Global

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Oceania & Global

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Oceania & Global Consultancy Firm of the Year

Global

Firm Profile: Bridgewater was formed in 1999 to meet the needs of companies experiencing strategic challenges and undergoing significant business transformation. Since formation, the company has built a client base of successful SME’s, multinational and blue chip clients. Bridgewater has been instrumental in adding significant value to these organisations and has a track record of success – many of these in the SME sector. Bridgewater are at the forefront in helping fledgling businesses reach their potential. Our team of experienced and dedicated strategy professionals are chosen for their broad range of skills and are expected to have practical hands on entrepreneurial experience allied with sound academic knowledge. Our consultants have over 50 years’ experience in delivering business strategies, transformation and organizational change programmes. We focus on

Contact Details: Dublin Office:

Tel: Limerick Office:

Tel: London Office:

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Alexandra House The Sweepstakes Ballsbridge Dublin Ireland +353 1 6604300 Bridgewater House 89 O’Connell Street Limerick Ireland +353 61 348348 Tower 42 25 Old Broad Street London EC2 1HN United Kingdom +44 207 877 4052

the achievement of business value along with very strong analytical and communication skills which enable us to manage change initiatives to solution delivery. We are experts in Business Plan development, Market Research, Finance Consulting for growth or restructuring and Business Training/Coaching. Bridgewater have recently been appointed as consulting partners to BusinessChallenger.com, an innovative cloud based solution to provide consistent and expert reviews of business plans. This solution is currently in use amongst several Enterprise Support agencies and bodies across Ireland and the UK. At Bridgewater, we understand strategic business requirements and processes and turn them into practical workable solutions through strategic guidance, business analysis, design, planning and solution delivery. It is our passion for helping small businesses grow that makes Bridgewater the best there is. Areas of Expertise: Our service offerings are as follows – • Strategy / Business Model Development • Financial/Accounting Services • Business Restructuring – Operational, Organisational, Strategic • Business Planning and Feasibility Studies • Training & Business Mentoring

Bridgewater – Alan Carey, Managing Partner

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Index Divina Law

Leading Independent Law Firm of the Year - The Philippines

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Moore Stephens

Audit Accountancy Firm of the Year - Jersey

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Lee, Tsai & Partners

Law Firm of the Year - Full Service - Taiwan

11

Legatus Law

Individual - Business Turnaround Lawyer of the Year - England

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Bargate Murray Limited

Client Choice - Yacht Law Firm of the Year - England

15

Camden Associates

Sustained Excellence in Biotech Corporate Finance - UK

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Chryssafinis & Polyviou LLC

Law Firm of the Year - Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Insurance and Competition - Cyprus

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy

Family Lawyer of the Year – Mrs. Awatif

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Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - United Arab Emirates High Rock Partners, Inc.

Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory Firm of the Year - North Carolina, USA

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HAELLMIGK

EU Trade & Customs Law Firm of the Year - Germany

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Averian Consulting Limited

Business Advisory Services Firm of the Year - UK & Ireland

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Bridgewater Management Consulting Group

Consultancy Firm of the Year - Global

28

Leumi ABL

Asset Based Lender of the Year - UK

18

SIA Group

Asset Disposal Firm of the Year – United Kingdom, Asset Appraiser of the

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Year / Corporate Insolvency Advisor of the Year – United Kingdom, Plant & Property Valuation Firm of the Year - United Kingdom Steinman & Rogers LLP

Regulatory Lawyer of the Year – USA, Boutique Law Firm of the Year

25

– USA, International Anti-Corruption Law Firm of the Year – USA, Customer Service Law Firm of the Year – USA PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Global Sustainability Private Equity - Adviser of the Year - UK

20

Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

Best in Life Sciences -2017

24

Goodell DeVries Leech & Dann, LLP

Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer of the Year - US.A

Lloyd Platt & Co.

Law Firm of the Year - Divorce Law - UK

Christos Patsalides Corporate Management Ltd

International Tax Planning Law Firm of the Year - Cyprus

Douglas Silas Solicitors

Education Lawyer of the Year - England

Becker Law

Commercial Law Firm of the Year ; Leading Divorce Law Firm of the Year ; Chinese Law Lawyer of the Year - Austria

K&K Advocates

Individual - IP Enforcement Lawyer of the Year – Indonesia

The Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L.

Business Planning Law Firm of the Year - USA

Wilhelm & Associes

Media Law Firm of the Year - France

Karanjawala & Company

Litigation Law Firm of the Year – India.

Jones Day

Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year - Belgium

Inpact Innovation Pty Ltd

Company of the Year (Manufacturing) - Australia

Bureau van Dijk

M&A Solutions Provider of the Year ( Legal ) - UK, Transfer Pricing Solutions Provider of the Year - UK

KONEČNÁ & ZACHA

Law Firm of the Year – Slovakia - Law Firm of the Year – Czech Republic

Vargas & Vargas Abogados

Editors’Choice - Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Colombia

Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP

Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year/Leading Independent Financial Advisory of the Year - UK

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Green Square Associates Limited

Corporate Finance - United Kingdom

Itaú Private Bank

Private Client Lawyer of the Year – Brazil

Handler Thayer, LLP

Large Tier - Estate Law Firm of the Year - Illinois, USA

iPipeline

Innovation & Excellence in Insurance & Financial Services SAAS Solution

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Index - USA Hong Kong Mediation and Arbitration Centre

The Best Mediation & Arbitration Professional Organization of the Year in the Global Market - Hong Kong

AP. PAPACONSTANTINOU –

Public Law Firm of the Year - Greece

N.K. HLEPAS & PARTNERS LAW FIRM Credit Suisse

Technology In-House Lawyer of the Year - Switzerland

Pegasus Intellectual Capital Solutions

Investment Banking Boutique of the Year - North America

Tonucci & Partners

Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, Alessandro De Rosa - Italy

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Trademarks Law Firm of the Year - New Zealand

KPMG LLP

Anti Money Laundering - Firm of the Year - USA

EnvAerospace, Inc.

Innovation & Excellence in Nanostructured Coating Materials - Canada

BMC Group, Inc.

Insolvency & Restructuring Team of the Year - New York, USA

Noboa, Peña & Torres Abogados

Industry Choice - Tax Law Firm of the Year - Ecuador

Kanokanga & Partners

Commercial Law Firm of the Year - Zimbabwe

DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI A.A.R.P.I.

LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR (PRIVATE EQUITY) – FRANCE

Transfer Pricing Services SRL

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year - Central Europe

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Business Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Japan

m law llp

Specialist - Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year - England

Rich IP & Co.

Patents Law Firm of the Year - Taiwan

Nyman Gibson Miralis

White Collar Crime Law Firm of the Year - Australia

Outer Temple Chambers

Individual - UK-China Arbitration Barrister of the Year - England

Lincoln International Srl

Investment Bank of the Year - Italy

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc

Readers’ Choice - IP Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Philippines

& De Los Angeles Dr. Meyer-Dulheuer Patentanwälte

Boutique - Trademark Law Firm of the Year -Germany

Consulting & Services GmbH Adv. J. Joel Baloyi BJuris LLB LLM

Entertainment Law Specialist of the Year - South Africa

Afschrift

Editors Choice - Boutique Law Firm of the Year - Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland

BAMBOO & BEES

Start Up Venture Capital Law Firm of the Year 2017 - France

Yav & Associates

Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Democratic Republic of Congo

PJS Law

Editor’s Choice - Energy Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines

Deep & Far

Intellectual Property - Taiwan

Quiñones Cruz Abogados

Law Firm of the Year - Tax - Colombia

LISITEN ASSOCIATES BUSINESS BROKERS

Business Broker of the Year - North America

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Lawyer of the Year - Employment - United States of America

Banco Chambers  

Lawyer of the Year ( Competition Law ) ; Full Service Chambers of the Year

9

- Australia Immigration Solutions LLC

Independent Immigration Law Firm of the Year - USA

Arias Abogados SLP

Law Firm of the Year - Arbitration - Spain

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

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Demotech, Inc.

Niche Financial Analysis Provider of the Year [ Insurance] - USA

Alison Matthews Consulting Limited

Money Laundering Advisor of the Year - UK

Infinity Partnership Limited

Corporate Finance Boutique of the Year - Scotland

Sadis & Goldberg LLP

Law Firm of the Year - Private Funds - North America

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