Japan Achievement Awards 2016/17

FinanceAsia is pleased to reveal Japan's leading financial institutions and deal makers.

FinanceAsia is pleased to announce the winners of our Japan Achievement Awards for 2016/2017.

In another very active year we have looked for those institutions and deal makers that have led the way in skillful cross-border deal-making.

The wide range of deals on offer show that Japan remains at the centre of global commerce and all indications are that the number of cross-border transactions and placements will continue to increase amid the ever-turbulent global economy.

Our focus, as ever, has been on excellence in the international arena as financial firms look to meet the needs of companies looking to merge and domestic investors seek funding internationally for bumper transactions.

Our deal awards covered those deals that closed in the year from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Bookrunner and financial adviser listings were compiled using primary documentation, market sources and with assistance from Dealogic as well as other data providers. The House awards include all activities for the period.

Our congratulations to the winners and we look forward to meeting everyone for a reception in Tokyo in early July.

House Awards

Best Bank


Best Investment Bank


Best Foreign Investment Bank

Morgan Stanley

Best M&A House

Morgan Stanley

Best ECM House


Best DCM House

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Best House for Foreign Issuers

Mizuho Securities

Best Issuer

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Best Law Firm

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Deal Awards

Deal of the Year & Best M&A Deal

Softbank Group acquisition of ARM Holdings for $31.8 billion

Softbank financial advisers: Raine Group, Robey Warshaw, Mizuho Securities

Softbank legal adviser: Morrison & Foerster, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

ARM financial advisers: Goldman Sachs, Lazard, UBS

ARM legal advisers: Slaughter and May, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Best IPO

Line's $1.3 billion NYSE and TSE initial public offering

Global Coordinators: Nomura, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan

International Tranche Bookrunners: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Nomura

Domestic Tranche Bookrunners: Nomura, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan

Co-Managers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Evercore Partners, Macquarie Group

Line’s legal advisers: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Nishimura & Asahi

Best Secondary Share Sale

Recruit Holdings' $2.3 billion global follow-on offering

Global Coordinators: Nomura, Morgan Stanley

Co-Global Coordinators: Mizuho Securities, SMBC Nikko

International tranche bookrunners: Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Mizuho Securities, Goldman Sachs, SMBC Nikko

Domestic tranche bookrunners: Nomura, SMBC Nikko, Mizuho Securities, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Daiwa Securities

Recruit’s legal advisers: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Best Private Equity Deal

Longreach's acquisition of majority stake in Wendy’s Japan and Wendy’s purchase of First Kitchen from Suntory Holdings

Longreach financial advisers: SMBC Nikko (purchase of Wendy’s), GCA (purchase of First Kitchen)
Longreach legal advisers: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (in purchase of First Kitchen)

Best DCM Deal

Japan Tobacco's dual-tranche $1.25 billion Reg S registered bond offering

Active bookrunners: Mizuho Securities, Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 Bookrunners: BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole CIB, Deutsche Bank

Japan Tobacco’s legal adviser: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best FIG deal

Sompo Holdings' acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings for $6.3 billion

Sompo’s financial adviser: Citigroup
Sompo’s legal adviser: Shearman & Sterling, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Endurance’s financial adviser: Morgan Stanley

Endurance’s legal adviser: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Best Project Financing Deal

Yamal's $20 billion LNG project

Lead arrangers: Gazprombank, Sberbank CIB
Japan financing: Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Legal Adviser: Linklaters

Most Innovative Deal

Suzuki Motors' dual tranche ¥200 billion “dilution-minimising” convertible bonds

Bookrunner and lead manager: Nomura

Suzuki’s legal adviser: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu



































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