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Mergers & Acquisitions Announces 2012 M&A Mid-Market Award Winners

William Blair Veteran Mark Brady Tapped as Dealmaker of the Year, Riverside Co., Starbucks Also Among Dealmakers Honored

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 -- Mergers & Acquisitions has announced the winners of its sixth annual M&A Mid-Market Awards. The awards honor the leading dealmakers and the deals that set the standard for transactions with an enterprise value of less than $1 billion.

Mergers & Acquisitions, a SourceMedia brand, is a leading resource for middle-market dealmakers, providing news, analysis and features through its daily website ( and monthly magazine.

Dealmaker of the Year honors were bestowed on Mark Brady, global head of M&A for William Blair & Co. The editors cited the 20-year veteran for delivering premium valuations, including the sale of TMW Systems Inc., which gave owner Pamlico Capital a return of 11 times its original investment. Pamlico partner Walker Simmons called Brady a "master at knowing what to do when the final bids come in."

The Riverside Co. was recognized as Private Equity Firm of the Year. Riverside put up record numbers in 2012 -- its 36 acquisitions and 14 exits included the 300th transaction in the firm's history. The private equity firm also fared well in fundraising, enjoying the first close on two new funds.

Starbucks Corp.'s $620 million purchase of Teavana Holdings Inc. was recognized as Deal of the Year. With Teavana, Starbucks hopes to forge a whole new consumer culture focused on tea, as it did with coffee decades ago.

This year's honorees, which are chosen by the editors of Mergers & Acquisitions, all stood out for their ability to thrive despite industry headwinds, said Editor in Chief Mary Kathleen Flynn.

"Winners of the M&A Mid-Market delivered success stories in a year that saw deal activity shrink in value and volume terms from the previous year," Flynn said. "Every one of our honorees offers proof that even in tough markets, execution and vision can prevail."

In addition, Mergers & Acquisitions recognized the following firms:

  • Blue Sage Capital as Seller of the Year. Its sale of R360 Environmental Solutions Inc. to Waste Connection for $1.3 billion scored 63 times its original investment.

  • Covidien plc as Strategic Buyer of the Year. The medical equipment and supply company's aggressive dealmaking netted half a dozen acquisitions in fast-growing categories.

  • Harris Williams & Co. as Investment Bank of the Year. During a down year for overall M&A, the boutique investment bank grew 60% in deal value and 50% in deal volume over 2011.

  • Madison Capital Funding LLC as Lender of the Year. The firm expanded its innovative managed-account offerings, which allowed it to increase its hold sizes and attracted a valuable new partner in Apollo Investment Corp.

  • K&L Gates LLP as Law Firm of the Year. K&L had an impressive year, particularly on the international front as it advised on cross-border transactions and struck a merger deal of its own with Middletons in Australia.

For complete coverage of the winners, including video interviews, please visit The awards also will be featured in the March issue of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine.

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, and are due the second Friday in January. Special consideration is given to such factors as performance, growth, innovation and thought leadership. Past winners include Advent International, Moelis & Co., Fifth Street Capital, Golub Capital, GE Capital, Jones Day, Sullivan & Cromwell, Amgen, eBay Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp., 3M Co., and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

About Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions covers all aspects of middle-market deal making, including fundraising, identifying targets, negotiating transactions, performing due diligence and closing deals. For real-time information and analysis of news and trends in M&A, we update continuously. Catering to our 16,900 readers, our monthly magazine is published in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global organization comprised of thousands of private equity firms, corporate officials and intermediaries. Our online video series features interviews with high-profile dealmakers, including private equity partners, strategic buyers, investment bankers and other advisers.

About SourceMedia

SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is a business-to-business media and marketing solutions company serving the financial industry and the related fields of professional services and technology. SourceMedia offers its clients and subscribers professional information services, industry-standard research, data applications, in-depth seminars and conferences, and specialized marketing services.

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