Allen & Overy wins M&A Deal of the Year for Shuanghui’s acquisition of Smithfield Foods

Allen & Overy has been awarded M&A Deal of the Year for its work on Shuanghui’s takeover of Smithfields Food at IFLR’s Americas Awards 2014, handed down at a ceremony in New York on 27 March 2014.

The firm advised the mandated lead arrangers on the $4bn (£2.4bn) debt financing for Shuanghui’s acquisition of pork producer Smithfield Foods.

This acquisition is the largest-ever Chinese takeover of a US company in 2013 and has already been awarded Best China Deal and Best Cross Border M&A Deal by Finance Asia; Deal of the Year by Asian-MENA Counsel; and Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal (CBLJ) in 2014.

The Allen & Overy team was led by partner Cindy Lo (Beijing/Hong Kong) with support from partners Joseph Stefano, Eric Shube and Kenneth Rivlin (New York), Joseph Tse (Hong Kong/Beijing), Arkadiusz Pedzich (Warsaw), Henri Wagner (Luxembourg).

Further support was provided by lawyers Daniel Lau and Elaine Liu (Beijing), Hilarie Lam (Hong Kong), Craig Cohen, Brian Jebb, Yanmei Wei, Stefanie Duda, Jaimie Hughey, Brian Schultz, Shira Selengut and Julianne Susman (New York), Konrad Zawistowski and Anna Madra (Warsaw) and Marine Tarditi (Luxembourg).