LONDON (Oct. 28, 2014) – The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year award for its role in the Acquisition of MacDermid, Inc. by Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited. The award was presented at The M&A Advisor’s 2014 International Financial Forum in London Oct. 22 at Bloomberg’s European Headquarters. These awards honor the leading deal teams and firms whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions in the UK and Europe.
A multi-office, multi-practice team represented Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited and founders, Martin Franklin and Nicolas Berggruen, on the $1.8 billion deal to acquire MacDermid, Incorporated, a privately-held specialty chemicals company. This acquisition marked the first step for Platform in building a portfolio of specialty chemicals businesses. The transaction was completed in October 2013.
The legal team for the acquisition was led by Greenberg Traurig Corporate & Securities Practice shareholder Donn A. Beloff in Fort Lauderdale and New York Corporate & Securities Practice Chair Alan I. Annex. Annex and Beloff, along with shareholder Bruce March in Fort Lauderdale, served as key advisers at all stages of this transaction. The Greenberg Traurig team also included Corporate & Securities shareholders Kenneth A. Gerasimovich in New York; Matthew M. Robbins, Brian J. Gavsie, Kara MacCullough, Jonathan D. Malkin and Matthew W. Miller in Fort Lauderdale; Kelly Terribile in Delaware; and Andrew Caunt and James Mountain in London. Additional team members included Banking shareholder Cindy J.K. Davis in Atlanta; Employee Benefits & Compensation shareholders Steve Lapidus and Mindy Leathe in Miami; Tax shareholders Harry J. Friedman in Fort Lauderdale and Robert Simon in Washington, D.C.; Litigation shareholder Avi Benayoun and Real Estate shareholder Daniel McCawley in Fort Lauderdale; and Intellectual Property shareholder David J. Dykeman in Boston.