American Express Global Business Travel JV Wins Cross Border Deal Of The Year

  • Certares Receives Three International M&A Awards

NEW YORK--()--Certares LP is pleased to announce that the company won three awards at The M&A Advisor’s 7th Annual International M&A Awards for the successful completion of a joint venture with American Express last year. The Certares-formed investor group includes Qatar Investment Authority through its wholly-owned subsidiary Qatar Holding LLC, funds managed by BlackRock, Certares itself and Macquarie Capital. The winners were announced at a sold out award ceremony held at The New York Athletic Club on April 28 in New York City.

“We are very proud of the partnership we formed with American Express Global Business Travel last year and are honored to be recognized by The M&A Advisor as a three-category award winner,” said Greg O’Hara, Founder and Managing Partner, Certares. “We are humbled by the trust that our partners in this investment – including Qatar Holding LLC, funds managed by BlackRock, Macquarie Capital - have placed in us as we focus on delivering superior results for the business, its customers and all stakeholders in American Express Global Business Travel.”

Certares was named a winner in the following categories:

  • Cross Border M&A Deal of the Year
  • Professional Services B-to-B Deal of the Year
  • US - Middle East Deal of the Year

“In 2014, we witnessed the return of M&A volumes to pre-crisis levels and with that an unprecedented transformation of local market firms and dealmakers into global M&A experts whose intimate knowledge and expertise in the cultural, financial and legal arenas are redefining our industry,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of The M&A Advisor. “We are honored to be able to celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of Certares in the successful completion of the American Express Global Business Travel transaction and bestow upon them our highest honor.”

Over 500 companies participated in the 7th Annual International M&A Awards. For a detailed list of the Award winners, please click here.

About Certares

Certares LP is dedicated to long-term value creation by actively developing our investments. Through effective partnership with the management of our companies and direct alignment with our investors, Certares implements strategic and operational improvements to sustainably generate attractive returns on capital. Flexibility in investment approach and alignment with our business partners are key tenets of Certares' philosophy. These values distinguish Certares as a preferable partner for organizations seeking to transform their businesses.

Formed in 2012, Certares brings together a team of experienced Private Equity and Travel, Transportation, Hospitality and Payment Sectors veterans with decades of both operational and investment experience. This operational expertise enables Certares to grow the businesses into which we invest and unlock their full potential. Certares’ permanent capital structure and sector focus allows for flexibility in structuring transaction solutions and gives partners and sellers freedom to achieve their objectives while allowing Certares to move at unparalleled speed.

Certares is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Contacts

The M&A Advisor
Liudmila Pisareva, 718-997-7900
lpisareva@maadvisor.com
or
Kwittken
Jessica Nelson, 646-747-7141
Jnelson@kwittken.com