NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 2016 M&A Advisor Awards at the 15 th Annual Gala to a lively, sold-out crowd at The New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, November 9th. "The award recipients represent the finest in the M&A industry in 2016 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of extremely impressive finalists," said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President of The M&A Advisor. "From lower middle market to multi-billion dollar deals, we are recognizing the leading transactions, firms and individuals that represent the highest levels of achievement." The 15 th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala honored the professionals whose activities set the standard for M&A transactions. This year, over 320 nominees, representing over 615 companies, became finalists for the awards. An independent judging committee of 35 top M&A industry experts determined the ultimate recipients of the awards which were revealed "Academy-Award style" at the gala. Click Here to view the judges. In addition to the announcement of the 2016 M&A Advisor Award winners, the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in mergers and acquisitions was presented to Thomas Farrell, Executive Vice President, Generational Group; and Marshall Sonenshine, Chairman, Sonenshine Partners; Professor, Harvard University Law School, and John Reiss, Global Head of White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Group were presented with the 2016 Leadership Award.