UBS and Credit Suisse stars drive latest cable consolidation

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Cable giant Liberty Global announced on October 19 that its UPC Poland subsidiary had agreed to buy the cable business of Multimedia Polska in a cash deal valued at PLN3 billion ($ 760 million).

UBS advised MMP’s selling shareholders, a spokeswoman for the bank confirmed. According to MMP’s financial reports for the first half of 2016, the company’s major shareholders are M2 Investments and Tri Media Holdings.

Christian Lesueur, UBS’s head of technology, media and telecoms investment banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, led the team advising the selling shareholders.

Lesueur, who in 2012 was named on FN’s list of Rising Stars in Investment Banking. worked alongside bankers including Pawel Dela, UBS’s bank’s investment banking boss in Poland, and TMT banker Massimo Marinelli.

Credit Suisse advised Liberty Global, according to a statement from the acquirer. Credit Suisse bankers working on the deal, according to a person familiar with the transaction, included Giuseppe Monarchi, head of Emea telecoms, Emea TMT managing director and current FN Rising Star Laurence Van Lancker, and Ishan Kaul, a director in the TMT team.

Credit Suisse ranks fifth on Dealogic’s advisory league table for European M&A so far in 2016, while UBS is seventh. Both banks have risen into the top 10 from the same point in 2015 – Credit Suisse from 12th and UBS from 14th.

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