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July 7 — Goldman Sachs & Co. and White & Case LLP led the way in global merger and acquisition deal volume in the first half of 2016, Bloomberg data show.
Goldman shepherded 144 deals worth more than $417 billion, constituting more than a quarter of the market share for all global, announced deals.
White & Case advised on 138 deals worth more than $277 billion, roughly one-sixth of the market share.
In all of 2015, Goldman had the largest market share by volume among financial firms. White & Case was seventh among law firms (04 SLD, 1/7/16).
Among other law firms, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP filled out the top five for the first half of the year. Simpson Thacher was just under the $200 billion threshold, which was eclipsed by the others.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, the top firm by deal volume in 2015, was seventh.
Jones Day LLP led the overall deal count, with 234, and Latham & Watkins LLP was second with 181.
White & Case has nearly doubled its market share from its 2015 level.
Morgan Stanley was the only other financial adviser to surmount $300 billion in deals.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Credit Suisse Group AG and Barclays PLC all topped $200 billion.
Goldman, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase were the top three in deal count. Most of the largest banks have experienced a slight dip in market share over 2015 levels.
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