FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2007/08 û Japan

We honour the best securities houses and deals in Japan for 2007/2008.
ItÆs been a tough year for JapanÆs capital markets. But with the Nikkei bouncing back to over 13,000 points on Wednesday and similar recoveries all over the world, itÆs nice to think the worst might be over. At any rate, announcing the winners of the best deal and house awards of the past 12 months should add to the gentle feeling of well-being currently prevalent in Tokyo banking circles. The awards will be presented in Tokyo later this year.


Best Investment Bank
Nomura Securities

Best Foreign Investment Bank

Best M&A House
Merrill Lynch

Best Equity House
Nomura Securities

Best Bond House
Mizuho Securities

Best Samurai Bond House
Nikko Citigroup

Best Brokerage House
Nomura Securities

Best Securitisation House
Daiwa Securities SMBC

Best FX House
Deutsche Bank


Deal of the Year
Sony Financial $3 billion IPO
Lead managers: JPMorgan, Nomura Securities

Best Secondary Equity Offering
Mitsui Trust
Lead managers: Morgan Stanley, Nomura Securities

Best M&A Deal
Japan TobaccoÆs $19 billion acquisition of the UK's Gallagher
Acquirer adviser: Merrill Lynch
Target advisers: Goldman Sachs, Greenhill, Dresdner Kleinwort

Best International Bond
East Japan Railway, $496 million
Lead manager: Merrill Lynch

Best Samurai Bond
Bank of America, Ñ215 billion
Lead managers: Mizuho Securities, Bank of America, Nomura Securities

Best Equity-linked Deal
Yamada Denki, Ñ150 billion convertible bond
Lead manager: Nomura Securities

Best Securitisation Deal
Ñ357 billion dual tranche securitisation for the Japan Housing Finance Agency
Lead managers: Goldman Sachs, Mitsubishi UFJ, Nomura Securities

Most Innovative Deal
Ñ22 billion China Boqi Environmental Solutions Technology listing on Tokyo Stock Exchange First Section
Lead manager: Daiwa Securities SMBC

Best Private Equity Deal
Permira's $2.2 billion acquisition of Arysta LifeScience from Olympus Capital
Acquirer advisers: JPMorgan, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Permira
Target advisers: Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Ernst and Young Transaction Advisory Services

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