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Meet the 2015 Winners

Amazon Web Services Accelerated M&A With Elemental to Win Deal of the Year Bloomberg Amazon Web Services Accelerated M&A With Elemental to Win Deal of the Year

The leader in cloud services, AWS recently announced it would buy Nice

Antares’ John Martin and David Brackett Nurtured the Middle Market’s Largest Lender Through Competitive Sale, Scoring Dealmakers of the Year TimKnoxPhotography.com Antares’ John Martin and David Brackett Nurtured the Middle Market’s Largest Lender Through Competitive Sale, Scoring Dealmakers of the Year

Many bidders competed for the coveted target, which GE ultimately sold to Canada’s largest pension fund for $12 billion

Audax Excelled While Others Fell Behind, Bringing Home Private Equity Firm of the Year Audax Audax Excelled While Others Fell Behind, Bringing Home Private Equity Firm of the Year

Led by co-CEO Geoffrey Rehnert, the firm raised its fifth fund and closed more than 100 investments

KeyBanc Expanded Its PE Business Significantly, Racking Up Investment Bank of the Year KeyBanc KeyBanc Expanded Its PE Business Significantly, Racking Up Investment Bank of the Year

The bank made it a priority to work with sponsors, and it paid off, says managing director Paul Schneir

The Riverside Co. Continued Exit Prowess and Ranked Seller of the Year, Again Riverside The Riverside Co. Continued Exit Prowess and Ranked Seller of the Year, Again

The prolific firm is led by co-CEOs Béla Szigethy and Stewart Kohl

Newell Rubbermaid Capped Growth Strategy with Beloved Elmer’s Glue, Sealing Strategic Buyer of the Year Bloomberg Newell Rubbermaid Capped Growth Strategy with Beloved Elmer’s Glue, Sealing Strategic Buyer of the Year

The company also agreed to buy Yankee Candle owner and sold some non-core businesses

Milbank Expanded M&A Practice to Deliver Law Firm of the Year Milbank Milbank Expanded M&A Practice to Deliver Law Firm of the Year

The firm, whose M&A practice is led by Alexander Kaye, advised on innovative deals, including the first aircraft-backed securitization deal in Asia

NewStar Enjoyed Record Growth, Racking Up Lender of the Year Steve Dunwell NewStar Enjoyed Record Growth, Racking Up Lender of the Year

Led by CEO Tim Conway, NewStar increased assets under management, solidified its relationship with GSO and purchased a competitor