Honoring the best value-creating deals, outstanding firms and renowned dealmakers within the corporate, investor and transactional industries, the 2022 Americas M&A Atlas Awards bestowed three awards for two corporate transactions and one Rising Star at its 14th Annual Gala and Ceremony.

LifeSpeak’s acquisition of Wellbeats, a market-leading provider of an on-demand, SaaS physical wellbeing platform, was named the winner of the Canada M&A Deal of the Year (Mid-Market) category. Pillsbury represented LifeSpeak, the leading mental health and total wellbeing platform for employers, health plans and insurance companies. The transaction accelerated LifeSpeak’s ability to meet rapidly growing demand from organizations for a comprehensive, single-vendor solution to meet mental and physical health support needs. Leading the Pillsbury deal team was Corporate partner Jon Russo along with Corporate partner Ted Powers and associates Nina Bakhtina and Denis O’Regan. Other team members included Executive Compensation & Benefits partner Jessica Lutrin and senior associate Kevin Meil, Employment special counsel Rebecca Carr Rizzo, Tax partner Nora Burke, and Intellectual Property partner Ed Cavazos, special counsel Michelle Mehok and senior associate Sandro Serra.

Recognized as Americas IT & Services Deal of the Year is NTT DATA’s acquisition of Postlight LLC, a digital strategy, design and engineering company. A long-time client of Corporate partner Patrick Devine, Pillsbury has advised NTT DATA in multiple previous acquisitions. Corporate partner Patrick Devine led the deal team which also included Corporate partner Veronica Nunn, Tax partner Julie Divola, Executive Compensation & Benefits partner Jessica Lutrin and Intellectual Property partner David Jakopin.

Acknowledging brilliant and exceptional young dealmakers, Ted Powers has been named a Rising Star at Americas Rising Stars Awards, marking its 5th Annual Ceremony. The prestigious award is considered a “highly competitive” and “once in a lifetime” recognition—validating the exceptional triumphs of individual dealmakers. Powers has a broad practice that covers private equity and venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions transactions, equity investments, and joint ventures involving public and private companies and private equity and venture capital funds globally.

The 2022 Americas M&A Atlas Awards were announced at the 14th Annual M&A Atlas Awards Gala Dinner and Ceremony on January 19 in New York City.