On May 18, Willkie was among a small group of honorees recognized at the 2017 IFLR Americas Awards in the category of “M&A Deal of the Year.” The Willkie deal team was acknowledged specifically for its representation of U.S.-based AssetMark, Inc. in its $780 million acquisition by China-based Huatai Securities from private equity firms Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital. Read Willkie’s April 11, 2016 deal announcement. The deal, which was closely watch by the international media, closed on October 31, 2016.
Willkie was also shortlisted for “Project Finance Deal of the Year” for its role in the Kingston Container Terminal PPP, “M&A Team of the Year,” and “Project Finance Team of the Year.”
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The Willkie team on the AssetMark/Huatai deal was led by partners Jeffrey Poss and Manuel Miranda and included partners Jordan Messinger, Eugene Chang, David Drewes, Christopher Peters, Anthony Carbone, David Katz, Elliot Gluck and Carly Glover Saviano; counsel Martin Miller, Russell Smith and Deborah Tuchman; and associates Thomas Sharkey, Stephen Forster, Geri Anne McEvoy, Kathryn Crowe and Daniel Bumpus.