PwC’s Deals Practice Announces Three Winners of the 5th Annual M&A Advisor 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards

Leading M&A professionals recognized for accomplishments in the ‘service provider’ category


NEW YORK, NY, June 24, 2014 PwC US today announced that two partners and one principal in the firm’s Deals practice – Nick Donkar, Andrew Miller and Chris Rhodes – have been selected as winners by M&A Advisor for its 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Awards in the service provider category. This awards program recognizes leading M&A professionals who have reached a significant level of success while still under the age of 40 and Donkar, Miller and Rhodes have been chosen for their accomplishments and expertise from a pool of international nominees.

“It is a privilege to have three of our Deals professionals recognized with this honor for the outstanding services they provide our clients, helping them successfully navigate today’s complex deal market from strategy through execution,” said Martyn Curragh, PwC’s U.S. Deals leader. “Nick, Andrew, and Chris are accomplished professionals whose deal advisory skills and experience exemplifies the breadth and depth of our practice across the country. They are respected both locally and nationally, and their strong reputations and technical backgrounds have contributed to the overall success and growth of our Deals practice. We congratulate them on these well-deserved accolades and we look forward to their continued excellence at PwC.”

Winners of this year’s award will be honored today at a black tie Awards Gala at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, in conjunction with the 2014 Emerging Leaders’ Summit - an event pairing 40 Under 40 winners together with their mentors and other stalwarts, to introduce the 40 Under 40 Award winners to the business community and celebrate their achievements. To view the complete list of this year’s 40 Under 40 Award winners CLICK HERE.

Nick Donkar is a Los Angeles-based partner in PwC's Deals practice, responsible for supporting health care companies primarily on the West Coast with their deal strategies. He has been front and center of the evolving healthcare industry with work cutting across provider, payer, device and pharmaceuticals with the firm’s highest profile corporate and private equity clients. During his tenure at PwC, Donkar has supported more than 300 domestic and international transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, carve-outs and corporate finance transactions (100+ deals in the healthcare sector). In addition, he routinely supports national discussions on many aspects of healthcare including hospitals, dialysis facilities, medical devices, home health agencies and more. Donkar received his BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University and his MBA from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

Andrew Miller is a Chicago-based principal in PwC's Deals practice and the Deals leader for the Missouri/Kansas market, specializing in advising private equity and corporate clients on complex business and transaction issues including buyside investments, divestitures, carve-outs, joint ventures, restructurings and integrations. With a current client base spanning across F1000 multinational companies and some of the world’s most recognized private equity firms, Miller has led a number of challenging transactions including domestic and multi-national acquisitions ranging in size from $10 million to over $10 billion. He is skilled in executing large, transformational transactions throughout all the major markets and, in the last 18 months alone, he has led transactions in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, India, Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Africa. His expertise includes diverse industry background in food supply chain, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and retail, among others. Miller received his MBA in Finance from the University of Manchester.

Chris Rhodes is a New York-based partner in PwC's Deals practice. He provides clients pursuing transactions with critical insight on their strategies, structures, financials and accounting matters to help them increase the value of their deals. Rhodes has strategic deals experience, engaging clients on acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures along with capital restructuring and corporate finance. He is responsible for managing large, complex deals for some of the firm’s largest clients and in his time with PwC, has been involved in over 100, one billion dollar plus deals, across a variety of industries, serving mostly non-financial services clients. Rhodes received his BS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.

PwC’s Deals practitioners help corporate and private equity executives navigate transactions to increase value and returns. In today's increasingly daunting economic and regulatory environment, our experienced M&A specialists assist clients on a range of transactions from smaller and mid-sized deals to the most complex transactions, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures and spin-offs, capital events such as IPOs and debt offerings, and bankruptcies and other business reorganizations. We help clients with strategic planning around their growth and investment agendas and advise on business-wide risks and value drivers in their transactions for more empowered negotiations, decision-making and execution.  We help clients expedite their deals, reduce their risks, capture and deliver value to their stakeholders and quickly return to business as usual. Our local and global deal strength is derived from our deal professionals in 35 cities in the U.S. and across a global network of firms in 75 countries.  In addition, our network firm PwC Corporate Finance provides investment banking services within the U.S. For more information, visit

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