Carey Olsen has been awarded Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Guernsey and Mergers and Acquisitions (M & A) Firm of the Year in Jersey as part of the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2012.

The annual awards recognise firms that have “demonstrated excellence in providing legal advice and client service over the last 12 months.”

Carey Olsen’s corporate group, across Guernsey and Jersey, often advises on complex and ground-breaking multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm is regularly instructed by leading commercial and institutional clients as well as law firms in the City of London and elsewhere.

The corporate group advises on all forms of corporate transactions, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, listings (including London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) Main Market and AIM, Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX), Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), Euronext and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), corporate restructurings, schemes of arrangement, joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, private and bank financing and captive and other insurance business.

Carey Olsen has been involved in a number of high-profile deals including advising leading European private equity firm Terra Firma on the acquisition of leading independent health and social care provider in the UK, Four Seasons Health Care, for a total consideration of up to £825 million. The firm also acted for a consortium of funds advised by Apax Partners together with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board in connection with the acquisition of US based medical device company Kinetic Concepts Inc (KCI) for $6.3 billion.

In addition, Carey Olsen acted for the CPA Global Group in its acquisition by Cinven by way of a Jersey scheme of arrangement in a deal valued in the region of £950 million. The firm also advised Colfax UK Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Charter International plc through a Jersey scheme of arrangement. This deal is believed to be the largest transaction of its kind in Jersey with an estimated value of £1.5 billion in cash.

Carey Olsen chairman John Kelleher said: “Carey Olsen prides itself on the strength and depth of its corporate offering across Guernsey and Jersey. This award recognises the hard work and talent of our teams and their commitment to delivering a high level of service and legal advice to our clients.”