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Dealmaker of the Year

Global dealmaking has boomed since the start of the year, with 2018 on track to smash records. In London the race for Sky has captured headlines, alongside a string of other multi-billion-pound mergers and acquisitions. This year we have also looked beyond bankers, nominating a City property hotshot as well as a green energy expert.


Zeus Capital is an independent investment bank, providing expert advice to clients across a range of sectors and transactions on the public and private markets. As a result, the business has raised more than £6.1bn of debt and equity capital as sole or joint broker and /or book runner since 2013.

It focuses on providing clear and practical advice on IPO’s, M&A, Debt Advisory, public to private, IPO’s and secondary and private fundraising, across growing and established small to medium sized companies. This is underpinned by its corporate finance, debt advisory, corporate broking, sales, trading and research functions.

In 2019 to date, Zeus has completed 29 transactions raising over £892m of debt and equity for corporate clients.

Nominations 2019

Will Lawes – WINNER 2019

Lazard broke into the top 10 banks by UK M&A adviser volume in the first half of the year, according to Dealogic, leapfrogging several far bigger players. Will Lawes, who grabbed headlines in 2016 by switching from law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to become an investment banker, has been a key part of the effort, advising on Merlin’s mega-sale, Barrick Gold’s tussle for London-listed Acacia Mining, Saputo’s takeover of Dairy Crest, and most recently the proposed sale of EasyHotel that has infuriated Easy founder Stelios Haji-Iannou. When not at his desk, Lawes takes part in the charitable Speakers for Schools project founded by Robert Peston.

Anthony Gutman

With a formidable reputation to uphold, Goldman Sachs has dominated a number of big UK deals in 2019 – so much so that two of its top dealmakers have been nominated for this award. The first is star banker Anthony Gutman who has taken a lead role in the £5.9bn acquisition of Alton Towers-owner Merlin Entertainments by a consortium including the Danish billionaire family behind the Lego empire. Gutman has also worked on buyout giant Bain Capital’s $4bn investment in market research firm Kantar and another big private equity deal, TDR Capital’s £2bn purchase of WeBuyAnyCar.com owner BCA Marketplace. With an inbox the size of Goldman’s new London HQ, marathon-runner Gutman has also found time to advise on Boston Scientific’s deal for BTG, and started the year with news that Takeda had completed its mammoth takeover of pharma rival Shire.

Mark Sorrell

Being one of the Sorrell brothers is bound instil a competitive spirit and investment banker Mark has channelled his determination into winning plum roles on some of London’s biggest M&A deals of the year. Sorrell is a crucial part of Goldman Sachs’ team advising the London Stock Exchange on its proposed £22bn deal for data experts Refinitiv, not to mention the company’s likely defence against a rival £30bn proposal from Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing. If that was not enough to keep Sorrell busy through the summer, Sorrell is also working on a controversial £4bn proposal from US buyout firm Advent for British aerospace company Cobham. Earlier in the year Sorrell advised on the successful £5bn packaging deal between RPC and Berry Global, and Marsh & McLennan’s $5bn acquisition of Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

Dwayne Lysaght

Crowned City A.M. Dealmaker of the Year back in 2017, Dwayne Lysaght started 2019 with a promotion as JP Morgan shuffled its deck and made him co-head of EMEA mergers and acquisitions. He would also have been pleased to seal Takeda’s huge takeover of Shire in January and has spent the subsequent months working on a range of other mega-deals, including medical device maker Boston Scientific’s £3.3bn takeover of BTG. He advised property giant CBRE on its £267m takeover of Telford Homes and European media group Mediahuis on its deal for Ireland’s Independent News & Media (INM).

Cathal Deasy

A former Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch banker, Deasy was a marquee signing for Credit Suisse back in 2016 when he joined as the firm’s EMEA head of M&A. This year he has helped the Swiss megalith climb back up the M&A rankings by focusing on some of London’s biggest deals – topping the banker league table himself at the end of the first half. Deasy was a key player on RPC’s £5bn sale to plastics giant Berry Global, and also ensured he took part in another £5bn deal, advising UK satellite firm Inmarsat on its controversial approach from a private equity-led consortium from across the Atlantic.

Previous winners

  • 2018: Sir Simon Robey, Robey Warshaw
  • 2017: Dwayne Lysaght, JP Morgan
  • 2016: Simon Robey, Robey Warshaw
  • 2015: Simon Robey, Robey Warshaw
  • 2014: Jim Durkin, Cenkos
  • 2013: Simon Warshaw, UBS
  • 2012: Mark Sorrell, Goldman Sachs
  • 2011: Simon Robey, Morgan Stanley
  • 2010: Roger Carr, Centrica


This category has been around since the first City A.M. Awards in 2010.