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BKW, Arbonia and EQT Partners distinguished

Media Release: Swiss M&A Award 2017

This year's Swiss M&A Awards go to BKW, Arbonia AG and EQT Partners. The activities of these three companies were impressive in Switzerland's eventful M&A environment.

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Swiss M&A Award 2017

Picture from left to right: Ronald Trächsel (CFO, BKW), Patrik Kerler (Head of M&A, KPMG), Michael Bauer (Partner, EQT), Dirk Schütz (Editor in Chief, Bilanz), Prisca Havranek-Kosicek (CFO, Kuoni Group), Kurt Haerri (Head of Installation & Fulfillment, Schindler), Felix Bodmer (CFO, Arbonia), Thomas Held (Strategist and Analyst), Tobias Valk (Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG)

Despite uncertainty on both the political and economic stages, 2016 turned into a strong year for M&As, particularly as a result of a remarkable end spurt during the fourth quarter of the year. The Swiss M&A Awards' jury of professionals – made up of Thomas Held, Dirk Schütz and Patrik Kerler – has now distinguished those companies that made an especially positive impression over the course of the past year. This year marked the first time that the jury's ratings also incorporated the results of a public vote and, in another first, the awards were presented at the Zurich Economic Impulse conference which was held at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Winners of the 2017 Swiss M&A Awards

  • EQT Partners AB with the most impressive international transaction with Swiss involvement
    The jury felt that the takeover of Switzerland's Kuoni travel group by Sweden's EQT private equity company was the most impressive international transaction of the past year. This deal, worth USD 1.4 billion, was made in April 2016 and is a prime example of just how relevant private equity houses are in the international M&A business.
  • Arbonia wins the jury over with the most impressive national transaction
    More and more medium-sized Swiss companies are betting on M&A: This also holds true for Arbonia, a construction industry supplier, the winner of the award for last year's most impressive national transaction with its takeover of the Looser industrial group from Thurgau. The USD 538.8 million transaction was one of the ten largest deals with Swiss involvement during the third quarter of 2016.
  • BKW AG distinguished as the most active Swiss company on the M&A market
    The energy industry is in a state of transition. The BKW Group (Bernese Power Plants) has responded to this challenging environment by adopting an aggressive M&A strategy: BKW's targets include not only wind farms in other European countries but regional building technology and engineering companies, in particular. The jury awarded BKW with the Swiss M&A Award for the category “most active Swiss company on the M&A market” in recognition of the group's high level of activity with a clear strategic focus.

Digitalization as a driver

Year on year, the number of mergers and acquisitions grew yet again in 2016, both in Switzerland and around the globe. “In terms of volume, Switzerland experienced its second-strongest M&A year since 2007, the third-highest globally. And this momentum continues: At present, global M&A activities are being fueled by intensely dynamic changes in the market,” comments Patrik Kerler, jury president and Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland.

Swiss M&A Award

The jury:

  • Dr. Thomas Held: sociologist, independent business consultant and former director of Avenir Suisse
  • Dirk Schütz: Editor-in-Chief of Bilanz and member of the extended management team of Axel Springer Switzerland
  • Dr. Patrik Kerler: Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland (Chairman)

A public vote was conducted for the first time this year, the results of which were incorporated into the overall rating.


Past winners
Most impressive internatinal Transaction with Swiss involvement  Most active Swiss company on the M&A market  Most impressive national transaction 
2016  Dorma-Kaba  SGS  Tamedia 
2015  Geberit  Novartis  Helvetia 
2014  Swatch  ABB  Capvis/Partners Group 
2013  Glencore  Barry Callebaut  Bossard 
2012  Zurich Insurance Group  ABB/Nestlé  Bell 
2011  ABB  Nestlé  Gaydoul Group 

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