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The America Lawyer unveiled the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards and Conyers Dill & Pearman was honoured for its involvement in two of the award winning deals: 1) Global M&A Deal of the Year: Africa and 2) Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Private Equity. The 2014 Global Legal Awards aim to honour all law offices—including in-house departments—that played a substantial role in the most distinguished cross-border transactions performed between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 14, 2014, across a wide range of disciplines.
Global M&A Deal of the Year: China Private Equity: Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as Cayman counsel to the buying consortium of FoutainVest Partners (Asia) Limited, Carlyle Asian Investment Advisors Limited and CITIC Capital Partners Management limited in the largest privatisation to date of a Cayman company listed on NASDAQ to date, Focused Media holding Limited. Conyers’ team was led by M&A partner David Lamb and Angie Chu in the Hong Kong office. Conyers worked alongside Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Sullivan & Cromwell; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobston; Simpson Thacher & Barlett; and Kirkland & Ellis.
Global M&A Deal of the Year: Africa: Conyers acted as Mauritius counsel for ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), for its acquisition, through a Mauritius subsidiary, together with Indian Oil, acquired 10% of the shares in Videocon Mozambique Rovuma Limited (one of Videocon’s gas companies in Mozambique) from Mauritius Videocon Energy Limited. This deal is significant because Area 1 has the potential to become one of the world largest LNG producing hubs. It is strategically located to supply LNG to the Indian gas market. Conyers Dill & Pearman advised ONGC Videsh on the matter. Conyers’ team was led by Sonia Xavier of the Mauritius office and Christopher Bickley of the Hong Kong office. Conyers worked alongside Simmons and Simmons.
This recognition for Conyers comes from what is a growing list of achievements this year including Chamber Global Awards, Offshore Law Firm of the Year 2014, ALB China Awards 2014, M&A Deal of the Year, ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2014, Offshore Law firm of the Year, and IFLR Europe Awards 2014, M&A Deal of the Year to name a few.