CIBC's infrastructure and project finance business recognized with three awards

CIBC's infrastructure and project finance business recognized with three awards 
TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC's wholesale bank has been recognized with 
three infrastructure and project finance awards: 

    --  Canadian Project Finance Bank of the Year by Acquisition
        International Magazine;
    --  Best Bank of the Year - Project Finance & Infrastructure -
        Canada, by DealMakers Monthly Magazine, and;
    --  International - Overall PFI/P3 Bank of the Year by ACQ

"These awards underscore the confidence that our clients have in us when it 
comes to advising on and executing complex infrastructure financings" said 
CIBC's Cliff Inskip, Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure & Project 
Finance, Debt Capital Markets. "Meeting our clients' needs in the 
infrastructure business is a key priority for us, and these awards recognize 
our success."

CIBC is a well-established financial advisor on infrastructure acquisitions, 
public private partnerships (P3s) and project financings including pipelines, 
renewable power projects, schools, hospitals, courthouses, rail projects, 
highways and bridges.

In addition to advisory roles, CIBC has been active in bond underwriting and 
arranging for the infrastructure sector. CIBC recently jointly led bond 
offerings for an award winning $2.6 billion hydro generation project in 
Ontario and a $1.5 billion highway P3 project in Alberta. CIBC was also the 
first Canadian bank to lead bond offerings for an airport authority, a 
university, a ferry operator, a port authority and a pooled school board 
financing corporation.

"CIBC has also been a leading project lender with a focus on P3s, the power 
sector and acquisitions of infrastructure assets," adds Peter Mastromarini, 
Managing Director and Group Head, Power & Utilities, Infrastructure and Real 
Estate, Corporate Credit Products. He notes that in the past three years 
CIBC has led or co-led more than a dozen P3 projects as well as over $10 
billion in project financings for wind, hydro, solar, geothermal, biomass, 
biogas and natural gas power projects and transmission. CIBC's lending 
activities in support of infrastructure acquisitions have included toll roads, 
rail, ports and airports.

CIBC has infrastructure and project finance specialists in Canada, the U.K., 
U.S. and Australia.

About the Awards 
The Acquisition International M&A Awards annually recognize financial, legal 
and other advisory firms involved in dealmaking. Award winners are selected 
are selected based on the votes received by industry peers along with the 
company's in-house research.

The DealMakersAnnual Banking Awards recognize banks in various jurisdictions 
based on surveys of management professionals at banks, law firms, private 
equity and financial advisory firms, investment and fund managers, and 
asset-based lenders.

The ACQ Global Awards recognize the best industry practitioners working across 
the world based on surveys of its readers who work in the fields of law, 
accounting, investment banking underwriting, lending, financial and tax 
advisory and private equity.

About CIBC
CIBC's wholesale banking business provides a range of integrated credit and 
capital markets products, investment banking, and merchant banking to clients 
in key financial markets in North America and around the world. We provide 
innovative capital solutions and advisory expertise across a wide range of 
industries as well as top-ranked research for our corporate, government and 
institutional clients.

Tom Wallis, Communications and Public Affairs at 

SOURCE: CIBC World Markets

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