Latham & Watkins and CMS were top M&A legal advisers by value and volume in Europe for Q1–Q3 2020

Latham & Watkins and CMS were the top legal advisers for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Europe by value and volume for Q1–Q3 2020, respectively. A total of 6,245 M&A deals were announced in Europe during the period, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, ‘Global & Europe M&A Review & Legal Adviser League tables’, there was a 19.9% decrease over 7,792 deals during the same period in 2019. Deal value also decreased by 14.8% from $575bn in Q1-Q3 2019 to $490bn in Q1-Q3 2020.

In GlobalData’s ranking, Latham & Watkins advised on 71 deals worth $84.2bn, which was the highest value among all the advisers. Meanwhile, CMS led in terms of volume having advised on 142 deals worth $8.9bn.

Aurojyoti Bose, Financial Deals Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “While none of the advisers were able to cross the $100bn mark during the COVID-19 hit 2020, CMS, which held the top spot by volume, failed to even cross US$10bn and lagged behind many of its peers in terms of deal value due to the firm’s involvement in low value transactions. It also did not feature among the top 10 advisers by value. Akin to CMS, the majority of the firms in the top 10 list by volume also lagged behind in terms of deal value with only three among them able to make it to the list of top 10 advisers by value.

“In contrast, Latham & Watkins, which advised on half the number of deals compared to CMS, managed to occupy the top spot by value due to its involvement in nine deals worth greater than or equal to US$1bn, out of which three were mega deals worth greater than or equal to $10bn.”

Allen & Overy occupied the second position by value with 105 deals worth $80.3bn, followed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with 39 deals worth $79.6bn and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton with 19 deals worth $66.8bn.

Baker McKenzie occupied the second position by volume with 108 deals worth $13.7bn, followed by Allen & Overy.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS occupied the top position by value and volume in the UK – the key European market.

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