Business Development Asia LLC (“BDA”) has been named Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor.

Now in its 9th year, the 2010 M&A Advisor Awards and Summit celebrates the accomplishments of the top M&A professionals and brings together 400 of the world’s top dealmakers for an exclusive symposium featuring 50 industry leaders in Roundtable Forums. The M&A Advisor inducted several Lifetime Achievement Award recipients into its Hall of Fame: Pete Peterson; David Morgenthaler; John Castle; Wilbur Ross; Charles W. Downer, Robert “Steve” Miller, and Bruce Wasserstein (posthumously).

BDA was recognised as a result of its work on transactions during the year for clients such as Areva, Axa Private Equity, Cookson, Henkel, Life Technologies, Pfizer, Rexel and The Weir Group

BDA also won three awards for representing Pfizer in the sale of an animal vaccine business in China to Harbin Pharmaceutical, partly owned by Warburg Pincus and CITIC Capital.

Euan Rellie, BDA co-founder and Senior Managing Director, said “We are winning plenty of industry awards. This one is an exciting way to end a record year for BDA. Our teams in Asia, Europe and the US are pleased to be recognised, routinely, as industry leaders. It reinforces what our clients are telling us: BDA is the best cross-border investment banking firm in Asia. 2011 is looking promising for BDA. We will maintain our focus: helping clients to execute excellent and innovative transactions, in Asia and internationally”.

About Business Development Asia

Business Development Asia LLC (“BDA”) assists multinational corporate and financial clients to identify and execute acquisitions, divestments, JVs, restructuring and capital raising, in Asia and internationally. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Bahrain, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. BDA employs 60 full-time professional staff across its eight offices, supplemented by a team of senior advisors around the world. BDA’s clients include Areva, Arkema, AXA Private Equity, Celestica, Clariant, Cookson, DIC, Ecolab, Henkel, Hercules, Jardine Pacific, Kennametal, Life Technologies, Molex, Nalco, Pfizer, Rexel, Reuters, Ryder, SigmaKalon, Sun Chemical, The Weir Group, Tredegar, WestLB, and the British Government. Further information on BDA is available at www.bdapartners.com

For more information regarding BDA, please contact Euan Rellie in New York on (1) 212 265 5300 or erellie@bdallc.com

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