2012's biggest clean tech deal-makers

The names of the largest clean tech deal-makers for 2012 are out and the list is unrecognisable when compared to last year.

The names of the leading investors in clean technology for 2012 are out, with a major shake-up seen over the past 12 months.

The list, from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, is complete with a new leader in every single one of the 12 categories measured. Among the biggest players were the European Investment Bank in asset finance, Japan’s Toray Industries in M&A, Germany’s HEAG in venture capital and private equity and US-based giant Goldman Sachs in public markets.

“This is the eighth year we have prepared annual league tables showing the most active deal-makers in the sector,” Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said.

“The transactions in 2012 that helped to produce winners this time included everything from a $1 billion-plus offshore wind financing, to a $701 million energy storage acquisition, to an $18 million venture capital investment in a solid-state lighting technology developer.”

The figures come on the back of news from BNEF that clean energy investment retreated in 2012, for only the second time since the research firm starting keeping records in 2004.

All-up $US268.7 billion was spent on clean technology in 2012, the second highest yearly figure, though 11 per cent down on the 2011 figure.

The lead deal-makers were:

Asset Finance:

Top Lead Arranger (by $ amount)
European Investment Bank (Luxembourg) – $2.2 billion through 18 deals

Top Syndicated Lender (by $ amount)
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (Japan) – $633.9 million through 5 deals

Top Sponsor (by $ amount)
Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany) – $1.6 billion through 1 deal

Legal Advisor (by $ amount)
Linklaters (United Kingdom) – $4.5 billion through 16 deals

Mergers & Acquisitions

Top Acquirer
Toray Industries (Japan) – $701.4 million through 1 deal

Venture Capital & Private Equity

Top Investor (by total deal credit)
HEAG (Germany) – $355.7 million through 1 deal

Top Investor by Number of Disclosed Investments
Emerald Technology Ventures (Switzerland) – 18 deals

Acquisition Advisors

Top M&A / VCPE Financial Advisor
BTG Pactual (Brazil) – $675.3 million through 3 deals

Top M&A / VCPE Legal Advisor
Machado Meyer (Brazil) – $940 million through 2 deals

Public Markets

Top Public Markets Lead Manager
Goldman Sachs (United States) – $405.6 million through 3 deals

Top Public Markets Co-Lead Manager
Bank of Nova Scotia (Canada) – $345.5 million through 1 deal

Top Public Markets Legal Advisor
Davis Polk & Wardwell (United States) – $656.9 million through 3 deals