DLA PIPER WINS THREE M&A ATLAS AWARDS INCLUDING M&A LAWYER OF THE YEAR

19 December 2011 – Hong Kong – DLA Piper won three trophies at the 2011 M&A Atlas Awards – Asia Pacific Middle Markets. The firm’s Asia Head of Corporate, Mabel Lui, was named “M&A Lawyer of the Year”; H.J. Heinz Company ‘s acquisition of Foodstar from Transpac Industrial Holdings Ltd (Transpac) was named the “Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year (Middle Markets)” where DLA Piper acted for Transpac and the deal was led by Mabel Lui; Chongqing Chonggang Minerals Development Investment Ltd’s acquisition of Asia Iron Holdings Ltd from Sinom Investments Ltd was named “China M&A Deal of the Year” where DLA Piper acted for Sinom Investments and the deal was led by partner Brett Stewien.

“I am honoured to be recognised by this prestigious award by my peers in the legal industry, and thankful for my team’s support at DLA Piper,” said Mabel Lui, Asia Head of Corporate. “Over the last decade, DLA Piper has firmly established itself in the area of complex cross border transactions, leveraging the advantages of our seamless global platform across the 76 offices and enjoyed a celebrated position in Asia. I am also very proud of our competition team’s continuing support and contribution in the practice, whose expertise has helped navigate anti-monopoly compliance for our transactions.”

The M&A Atlas Awards is sponsored by Thomson Reuters and is one of the region’s leading platforms for recognising novel deals, institutions and achievements of professionals and leaders from the mergers, acquisitions and alternative investing communities in Asia Pacific. Part of the global M&A Atlas Awards, the regional program honours excellence for transactions valued above US$3 million and below US$1 billion. The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Tuesday 6th December 2011.

Lance Miller, Asia Regional Managing Partner of DLA Piper said: “We are delighted to be honoured by this prestigious award. These awards reflect the market recognition of the talents in our team. Mabel and her team have been involved in high number of unique, high-value transactions over the years. The winning deals are good example of our multi-jurisdictional capabilities tackling complex M&A deals. In the year ahead, we’re fully committed to help clients retain their competitive advantage by providing the quality of strategic legal and business counsel.”