Global M&A Deal Rankings: Goldman, White & Case Remain on Top

Goldman Sachs & Co. and White & Case LLP continue to lead their peers in advising on global merger and acquisition deals by volume in the first three quarters of 2016, according to Bloomberg data.  Both firms led the pack at the midpoint this year, as well.

White & Case advised on 196 deals totaling more than $379 billion, which makes up more than 15 percent of the market share for all global, announced deals.  Those numbers include an additional 58 deals worth $102 billion since the midyear.

Global M&A Q3 Legal Rankings

Rounding out the top five legal advisors by deal volume are:

  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz;
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; and
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Each of those firms surpassed $275 billion in deal volume through Sept. 30 this year.

In terms of overall deal count, Jones Day led with 352 deals, followed by Kirkland & Ellis LLP with 293.

Financial Advisers

Among financial advisers, Goldman worked on 217 deals worth more than $600 billion, slightly more than a quarter of the market share among financial advisers to such transactions.  That’s good for an additional 73 deals worth more than $183 billion since the midyear.

Global M&A Q3 Financial Rankings

Rounding out the top financial advisers clearing the $300 billion mark are:

  • Morgan Stanley – more than $490 billion;
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co. – more than $400 billion;
  • Credit Suisse Group AG – more than $300 billion;
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch – more than $300 billion; and
  • Barclays PLC – more than $300 billion.

By deal count, Rothschild & Co., Goldman and JP Morgan constituted the top three.

The global M&A legal and financial advisory league tables, among many others, are available on Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions.

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