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Awards for Excellence 2012: Best Emerging Markets M&A House

First mover advantage and an emerging markets core have kept the Swiss house at the top.

Awards for Excellence 2012

Best Emerging Markets M&A House: Credit Suisse

Also nominated: Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank

With China, Brazil and other emerging market countries the only bright spots on an otherwise bleak mergers and acquisitions landscape, so they have become the hunting grounds for the next big deal.

Whether it is domestic champions buying locally, or snapping up prized assets in developed markets or other emerging markets, companies in China, Brazil and their peers elsewhere are leading a new buying spree.

For investment banks with strong M&A franchises in emerging markets, this latest trend of emerging market to emerging market M&A is proving to be a lucrative new chapter, and one that they need to be a part of.

Credit Suisse was not only one of the first among investment banks to see this gathering trend, but, arguably, as a result of first-mover advantage, has been front and centre of it.

"Being able to anticipate and then capitalize on some of the major trends we have seen is one of our strengths as an M&A franchise," says Vikas Seth, co-head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and emerging markets M&A at Credit Suisse in London.

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