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May 13, 2015 – A Reed Smith deal team was recognized for providing counsel on an award-winning deal at The M&A Advisor 7th Annual International M&A Awards gala April 28 in New York.

Reed Smith, an international law firm, provided counsel on the acquisition of Metro International Trade Services by Reuben Brothers. The deal was selected as the “Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100 million-$250 million).”

The 7th Annual M&A Awards honored leading deal teams, firms and professionals whose activities set the standard for cross-border M&A transactions. More than 500 companies, representing all major markets worldwide, were finalists for the awards. Award winners were selected by an independent judging committee of 19 top cross-border M&A industry experts.

Reed Smith partner David Grimes, who led the deal team that represented Reuben Brothers, attended the dinner.

With 25 offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Reed Smith has a Mergers & Acquisitions Group with extensive experience with cross-border transactions in a wide array of industries, including biotechnology, health care, media and entertainment, energy, manufacturing and communications. The firm has the capabilities and global reach necessary to understand the cultural, regulatory and legal differences that arise in cross-border and multi-national deals.

“Reed Smith transactional attorneys and deal teams are frequently recognized by industry leaders for their extensive knowledge and skill in handling some of the most complex cross-border deals,” said David Boutcher, chair of the firm’s Business & Finance Department. “This Reuben Brothers transaction presented a number of challenges, yet the Reed Smith team was able to successfully guide the client and accomplish the acquisition in a very compressed time frame.”

Reed Smith also provided counsel on the following deals that were finalists for awards:

  • Acquisition of Insight Pharmaceuticals by Prestige Brands Holdings Inc.
    Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year ($500 million - $1 billion) 
  • Acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group by Sonoco Products Company
    Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over $250 million - $500 million)
  • Sale of Kelway Holdings Limited to CDW Corporation
    Technology, Media, and Telecom Deal of the Year (Over $100 million - $1 billion)
    Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over $250 million - $500 million)
  • Acquisition of Pharmalucence, Inc. by Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. (n/k/a/ Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc.)
    Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over $100 million - $250 million)
  • Acquisition of Metro International Trade Services by Reuben Brothers
    Real Estate Deal of the Year
  • Sale of C+N Packaging to PSB Industries
    Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Over $25 million - $50 million)
    Corporate Strategic Acquisition of the Year (Between $10 million - $50 million)
    Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year
    US – Europe Deal of the Year

About Reed Smith

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