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.
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.
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.
A public vote was conducted for the first time this year, the results of which were incorporated into the overall rating.
|Most impressive internatinal Transaction with Swiss involvement||Most active Swiss company on the M&A market||Most impressive national transaction|
|2012||Zurich Insurance Group||ABB/Nestlé||Bell|
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