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Dubai, UAE, March 27 2013 – The shortlists for M&A Adviser, Financing Bank, and Legal Adviser have been announced for the TMT Finance Middle East and Africa 2013 Awards, with 8 investment banks and four law firms making the list.

The M&A Adviser shortlist includes Barclays, which advised Ooredoo (Qtel) on its acquisition of a majority stake in Wataniya, among other deals; Houlihan Lokey which led Batelco’s USS$1.025bn acquisition of CWC's Monaco & Islands unit, Citi, UBS and Lazard.
Citi and BNP Paribas made the shortlist for Financing Bank, for their role in supporting Batelco’s acquisition of CWC, while HSBC (Nawras and Mobinil), Qatar National Bank (Ooredoo’s bond sale and rights issue), and Rabee Security (Asiacell IPO) also had active years.

SNR Denton, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper and Linklaters made the final shortlist in the Legal Advisor category, with all four having been particularly active advising on telecom M&A and spectrum licencing across the region in 2012-2013.

The shortlists for M&A Adviser, Financing Bank and Law Firm of the Year are:

M&A Adviser of the Year

• Barclays
• Citi
• Houlihan Lokey
• Lazard

Financing Bank of the Year

• BNP Paribas
• Citi
• Qatar National Bank
• Rabee Securities

Law Firm of the Year

• Clifford Chance
• DLA Piper
• Linklaters
• SNR Denton

The winners are assessed against specially designed criteria and selected by an expert Judging Panel featuring leading industry experts, advisers, and bankers. For more details go to

Shortlists for the remaining categories which include: Mobile Operator of the Year, Telecom Regulator of the Year, Broadband Operator of the Year, Outstanding CEO Award and Growth Story of the Year Award, will be announced in March.
The TMT Finance Middle East and North Africa Awards will be presented on April 23 at the Gala Dinner of the TMT Middle East & North Africa 2013 Conference at Mina A’ Salam, Dubai, the 7th annual regional gathering for the telecom, finance and advisory community.

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