Skadden, Goldman Top Lists of 2015 M&A Rankings

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By Rob Tricchinelli

Jan. 6 — Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Goldman Sachs & Co. led the way among law firms and financial firms in 2015 in handling the largest volume of merger and acquisition deals, Bloomberg data show.

In 2015, Skadden lawyers took on 318 deals worth more than $1 trillion, representing nearly a quarter of the market share of global, announced deals.

Goldman closed 381 deals worth more than $1.4 trillion, a little more than a third of market share.

Skadden and Goldman also topped cumulative quarterly rankings in their respective categories throughout the year (192 SLD, 10/5/15).

Law Firms

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP was second in the legal rankings, at roughly $900 billion spread out over only 95 deals.

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Joining Skadden and Cravath in the top five by dollar volume were Latham & Watkins LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Jones Day led in overall deal count with 481, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP was second with 393.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP was the only top-20 firm, by volume, that lost market share compared to 2014. Cravath was a big mover, jumping into the second spot after being 14th in 2014 and more than tripling its market share from the previous year.

Financial Firms

On the financial side, Morgan Stanley was second in volume with nearly $1.4 trillion, and JP Morgan Chase & Co. was right behind with $1.31 trillion.

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Rounding out the top five were Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse Group AG.

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