• Type: Press release
  • Date: 5/7/2013

Glencore, Barry Callebaut and Bossard win Swiss M&A Awards 

Glencore, Barry Callebaut and Bossard have been presented with a Swiss M&A Award in recognition of noteworthy transactions in 2012. Their M&A activities exemplify the busy corporate landscape in Switzerland.
When a company makes a resolute and costly decision to boost its market presence in selected segments or tap into new markets, this sends out strong signals. An expert jury, made up of

Adriano Agosti, Thomas Held, Ruedi Noser and Patrik Kerler honored three Swiss companies in three categories for mergers and acquisitions announced in 2012:


  • Barry Callebaut, for the most impressive international transaction
    Barry Callebaut won the award for the most impressive M&A transaction for its acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Petra Foods. The supplier of cocoa products occupies a leading position in the Asian market and operates production facilities in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico as well as sales offices in several other countries. Barry Callebaut bought the Singapore-based company for a total of USD 950 million. With this strategically momentous step, the company intends to significantly increase sales volumes in the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America and open up new sites for production. The transaction illustrates how consistently Barry Callebaut is pursuing its strategy and indicates an appetite for global growth.

  • Glencore International, for the highest number of transactions
    Alongside its high-profile takeover of Xstrata, Glencore also carried out a whole host of other transactions over the past year. Based on KPMG’s selection criteria, the commodities firm secured 12 acquisitions and sold one company, earning it the title of most active deal maker. Its largest acquisitions included the Canadian grain handler Viterra, the Kazakhstani zinc producer Kazzinc and a stake in the Canada-based mining company Trevali. Glencore’s activities reflect widespread efforts within the commodities sector to increase centralization and diversification.

  • Bossard, for the best national transaction
    The Swiss supplier of solutions for industrial fastening technology Bossard was presented with the award for the best national M&A transaction for its acquisition of the connection technology division of the KVT Koenig Group. The USD 214 million takeover has enabled Bossard to meet rising demand for customized, innovative solutions and further strengthen its market presence in the German-speaking region and in Central Europe.

Swiss M&A Awards jury

  • Adriano Agosti: entrepreneur and founder of Golden Peaks Capital
  • Dr Thomas Held: sociologist, manager and lobbyist
  • Ruedi Noser: entrepreneur and FDP member of the Swiss National Council
  • Dr Patrik Kerler: Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland (Chair)

Past winners

 Year Most impressive M&A transaction  Most active deal maker  Best national M&A transaction
 2012 Zurich Insurance Group ABB / Nestlé  Bell
 2011  ABB Nestlé  Gaydoul Group

Andreas Hammer

Andreas Hammer

Director, Head of Corporate Communications

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The winners

Winners M&A Award


f.l.t.r. Patrik Kerler (KPMG), Stephan Zehnder (Bossard), Stefan Pfister (KPMG), Victor Balli (Barry Callebaut), Adriano Agosti (Jury), Thomas Held (Jury), Markus Walt (Glencore Int.)

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