Christopher Spink tracks financial restructuring, principally of banks and sovereigns, as assistant editor for International Financing Review. He also covers investment banking strategy and regulatory developments as part of IFR’s People & Markets team. Previously he has written about M&A at Thomson Reuters and fast-growth businesses as head of research at Growth Company Investor. He also wrote "How to invest when you don’t have any money" when at investment website The Motley Fool.
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The past year could have been tough for independent advisers on capital market transactions, with issuers finding it relatively easy to raise both equity and debt. But for successfully bringing distressed sovereigns back to the market as well as acting on a raft of IPOs, Rothschild is IFR’s Capital Markets Adviser of the Year.
For successfully defending businesses such as Unilever from unwanted approaches, and maximising prices when a bid made sense, as well as advising on some of the most significant strategic acquisitions that have been completed in the past 12 months, Morgan Stanley is IFR’s M&A Adviser of the Year.
Houlihan Lokey was involved in most major corporate reorganisations in 2017. The firm dominated by driving the kind of outcomes possible only when a team of advisers is focused on unlocking value for its clients. Houlihan Lokey is IFR’s Restructuring Adviser of the Year.