Rothschild & Co tops GlobalData’s top 10 global M&A financial adviser league table in consumer sector for Q1 2019

Rothschild & Co has dominated the latest mergers and acquisitions (M&A) league table of the top 10 financial advisers for the consumer sector based on deal value in the first quarter (Q1) 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The investment bank advised on 15 deals worth a combined US$16.9bn, including the big ticket deal – Apollo Global Management’s acquisition of RPC for US$5.8bn.

According to GlobalData, which tracks all M&A, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world to compile the league table, Deutsche Bank trailed Rothschild & Co, with six deals worth US$15.5bn. With nine deals valued at US$13bn, Goldman Sachs stood third.

Nagarjun Sura, Financial Deals Analyst at GlobalData, says: “Despite a major jump in deal volume, deal value for consumer sector dropped by around 30% in Q1 2019 as compared with the same quarter last year. The drop can be mainly attributed to limited number of mega deals in the sector. Rothschild & Co held top position in terms of both deal value and volume among top 10 financial advisors, whereas the legal adviser league table was topped by Slaughter and May in value terms.”

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Global consumer deals market in Q1 2019

The consumer sector saw a 29.7% plunge in deal value from US$82.6bn in Q1 2018 to US$58bn in Q1 2019. Deal volume, however, witnessed a 43.7% surge from 856 in Q1 2018 to 1,230 in Q1 2019.

Interestingly, Rothschild & Co, which topped the consumer league table of M&A financial advisers, figured in the 18th position in the recently released global league table of top 20 M&A financial advisers by GlobalData.

Slaughter and May tops list of top 10 M&A legal advisers

UK-based law firm Slaughter and May-led the chart of top 10 legal advisers in terms of value. It provided legal services for three deals worth a combined US$12.1bn. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised on five deals worth US$10.2bn. In the global league table of top M&A 20 legal advisers, Kirkland & Ellis topped the list. Although Slaughter and May was absent in the global table of top 20 legal advisers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer figured at 15th position.

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