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June 29, 2018

Raymond James Investment Banking wins five International Deal of the Year awards from The M&A Advisor

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Raymond James Investment Banking was recognized with five honors at The M&A Advisor’s 10th annual International M&A Awards Gala held June 18 at the Princeton Club in New York.

This year, Raymond James took home five deal of the year awards for its role in four advisory transactions.

  • The sale of Utimaco to EQT, led by Philip Stein, Dirk Liedtke and Emanuel Bischofberger, was recognized with Information Technology Deal of the Year.
  • The acquisition of PlusServer from GoDaddy by BC Partners, led by Japhet Wuensch, Emanuel Bischofberger and Sebastian Knackfuss, was recognized with Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($100MM - $1B).
  • The sale of Sage Payment Solutions to GTCR, led by Steve Hufford, Mike Pokrassa and Matt Bernstein, was recognized with M&A Deal of the Year ($250MM - $1B).
  • The sale of OnX Enterprise Solutions to Cincinnati Bell Inc., led by Joe Estes, Scott Green and Dru Rushing, was recognized with both the Cross Border Deal of the Year ($100MM - $250MM) and Private Equity Deal of the Year ($100MM - $250MM)

“It’s an honor to be recognized by The M&A Advisor for excellence in our cross-border transactions and international activities,” said Jim Bunn, co-president of Global Equities and Investment Banking. “Coupling our industry insight and execution expertise with our high-level of attention on each transaction, we are dedicated to providing our clients with compelling ideas, investment opportunities and creative solutions. It’s particularly gratifying to have our work be acknowledged by experts in the industry, through these awards.”

These five deal of the year awards are the most recent in a string of honors from The M&A Advisor. Last fall, Raymond James won three deal of the year awards at the 16th annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala; in both 2016 and 2017, Raymond James won two deal of the year awards at the International M&A Awards Gala; and in 2017, for the fifth time, members of the Raymond James Investment Banking team were named to the Emerging Leaders list by The M&A Advisor.

Winners at the 10th annual International M&A Awards were selected from a pool of more than 250 companies, representing every major market in the world, by an independent judging committee of 23 top cross-border M&A industry experts. The annual International Awards are the benchmark for cross-border deal-making excellence and recognize the leading cross-border M&A deals, restructurings, and financings conducted between the United States and other markets; as well as products and services, firms and professionals active in deals between the United States and other markets. An award may not be representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement of the winner, and is not indicative of future performance. All applicants are subject to a nomination fee. Raymond James did not pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. The M&A Advisor is not affiliated with Raymond James.


About Raymond James Investment Banking
Raymond James Investment Banking offers highly regarded capital formation and financial advisory services. Since 2013, we have participated in raising $300 billion in capital for our corporate clients and completed more than 540 advisory assignments, including more than 460 M&A buy-side or sell-side advisory assignments.

About Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF) is a leading diversified financial services company providing private client group, capital markets, asset management, banking and other services to individuals, corporations and municipalities. The company has approximately 7,600 financial advisors in 3,000 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $753 billion. Public since 1983, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RJF. Additional information is available at