McDermott Announced As Winner of the 11th Annual International M&A Awards - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Announced As Winner of the 11th Annual International M&A Awards


The M&A Advisor named McDermott Will & Emery a winner in the “M&A Deal of the Year” ($1 billion to $10 billion) category at its 11th Annual International M&A Awards. The firm was recognised for its work advising Praxair on the EUR 5 billion sale of the majority of its businesses in Europe to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. McDermott was chosen from over 200 participating firms to receive this award.

McDermott advised on all aspects of the divestment, which was critical in ensuring the consummation of the Praxair-Linde merger. The global McDermott team included over 100 lawyers and was led by London-based partner Lisa O’Neill, with support from Elisabeth Moseley, Linda Zeman, Marta Wrobel and Matthew Chen in London, Shawn Helms, Joanna Lin and Blake Wong in Dallas and Andrea Hamilton in Brussels. The assets sold included Praxair’s industrial gases businesses in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Britain.

“This prestigious distinction is a testament to the calibre of lawyers we have at McDermott, and their unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional results to our clients across borders,” said Hamid Yunis, Managing Partner of McDermott’s London office. Our work for Praxair was an outstanding example of the high level work we are doing within the Firm,” he added.

Lisa said, “This was a complex transaction and our team worked tirelessly and seamlessly across numerous jurisdictions to achieve the divestitures in a timely fashion, which has allowed the transformational merger to take place. We are honored to have played a part in our client’s success.”

The all-share merger of equals has created a global industrial gas leader, generating 2017 pro forma revenues of approximately $27 billion, with a market capitalization of approximately $90 billion and over 80,000 employees across more than 100 countries serving over two million customers.

The awards will be presented at a black tie Gala on Wednesday, June 5, at The New York Athletic Club in New York City.

View the full winners list here.

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