GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 legal advisers by value and volume in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) for in its report, ‘Global and Middle East & Africa M&A Report Legal Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2020’.
According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 677 M&A deals were announced in the region in Q1-Q3 2020.
There was a 18.6% decrease over 832 deals during the same period in 2019. Deal value also fell by 57.8% from $162bn in Q1-Q3 2019 to $68bn in Q1-Q3 2020.
Allen & Overy tops by value and volume
As per GlobalData’s ranking, Allen & Overy occupied the top position in terms of value and volume, having advised on 11 deals worth $12bn.
Binder Grosswang Rechtsanwalte and Eisenberger & Herzog shared second position in terms of value with a single deal worth $4.7bn, followed by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom with three deals worth $3.5bn and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with five deals worth $3.2bn.
White & Case occupied the second position by volume followed by Baker McKenzie with eight deals worth $0.5bn and AZB & Partners with seven deals worth $0.3bn.
GlobalData financial deals analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Allen & Overy was the only advisor to surpass the $10bn mark while also having double-digit deal volume. In contrast, White & Case, despite advising on the same number of deals, lost the top position by value to Allen & Overy due to its involvement in low value transactions.”
GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.
To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions from leading advisers, through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website