Awards & Rankings
Pillsbury teams were honored in connection with three winning corporate transactions at the 2019 M&A Atlas Global Markets Awards, which recognize the best value-creating deals, top dealmakers and outstanding firms from the global transactional communities each year. Winning deals were announced at a March 26 gala event in New York.
A Bain Capital-led consortium’s $17.8 billion purchase of Toshiba’s flash memory chip won the award for Global Consortium Deal of the Year. Pillsbury’s team, which advised Japanese information and health technology leader and consortium member Hoya Corp., was led by Tokyo Finance partner Olivia Matsushita and included New York-based partner Jonathan Russo, San Diego-based partners Mike Hird and Richard Segal, Washington D.C.-based partners Michael Sibarium and Nancy Fischer and Tokyo-based senior associate Masao Kasatsugu.
In the Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year (Mid-Market) category, M&A Atlas recognized RhythmOne PLC’s $185 million acquisition of YuMe Inc. In that transaction, YuMe was advised by a team composed of Corporate partners Jim Masetti, James Campbell and Christina Pearson, Investment Funds partner Sam Pearse, Tax partner Brian Wainwright, Benefits and Executive Compensation partner Cindy Schlaefer, Litigation and Antitrust partner Michael Sibarium, Securities Litigation & Enforcement partner Bruce Ericson, Litigation senior counsel Alvin Dunn , Corporate associate Julie Park, Intellectual Property attorney Paul Thomas and Antitrust attorney Evan Storm.
Lastly, M&A Atlas honored Essilor’s combination with Luxottica as Global M&A Deal of the Year (Large/Mega-Market). In that deal, a Pillsbury antitrust team represented Luxottica Group—parent of iconic eyewear brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Lenscrafters, Pearle and Sunglass Hut—in obtaining unconditional clearance from the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed combination with Essilor. The transaction created a combined firm with an estimated market cap of more than $50 billion. The Pillsbury U.S. antitrust team representing Luxottica was led by partner Michael Sibarium and included counsel Jeetander Dulani and associates Michael Warley, Robert Boyd, Alex Anderson, Nathaniel Miller, Jorge Vera and Andrew Lauria and Fabio Leonardi.