Sidley has taken first prize in the category “Global M&A Deal of the Year, Japan (Outbound)” for our work on the Suntory acquisition of our client, Beam Inc., in American Lawyer’s second annual Global Legal Awards. The grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.
A team of Sidley lawyers spanning North America, Europe and Asia advised on the transaction, valued at $16 billion, and which was announced in January and closed in April. It is the second largest Japanese buyout of an American corporation, and only the third time that a Japanese company has paid more than $1 billion for a U.S.-headquartered consumer products company. The firm has represented Beam for several years, including in connection with its spinoff of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
The team of Sidley lawyers was led by Chicago corporate partners Tom Cole and Beth Flaming and by corporate senior counsel Fred Lowinger. Others who worked on the transaction include Kevin Blatchford, Brendan Bowes, Jonathan Blackburn, Alyse Andalman and Chris McAdam (Corporate); Dave Giardina, David Went and Angelene Duke (Antitrust); Laura Leonard (Environmental); Matt Johnson, Corey Perry and Christian Pilhofer (Employee Benefits); Bob Lewis and Jim Clark (Finance); Tim Swan (IP); Walter Carlson, Elizabeth Austin, Jim Ducayet and Nilofer Umar (Litigation); Michael Hyatte, John Kelsh and Tom Kim (SEC); Suresh Advani (Tax); Tomoo Nishikawa and Tatsuya Yahagi (Japanese Law).
The 2014 Global Legal Awards honor all law offices that played a substantial role in the most distinguished cross-border work performed between Jan. 1, 2013, and April 14, 2014, across a wide range of disciplines.