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October 19, 2021

Top 10 M&A legal advisers in Asia-Pacific for Q1-Q3 2021 revealed

GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 legal advisers by value and volume in Asia-Pacific for Q1-Q3 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Asia-Pacific M&A Report Legal Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2021’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 5,414 M&A deals were announced in the region during Q1-Q3 2021. The deal value for the region decreased by 7.1% from $495bn in Q1-Q3 2020 to $460bn in Q1-Q3 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Allens and AZB & Partners have emerged as the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal advisers by value and volume, respectively, in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during Q1-Q3 2021.

Allens advised on 25 deals worth $68.5bn, the highest value among all the advisers.

AZB & Partners led in volume terms, having advised on 52 deals worth $30.2bn

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “AZB & Partners was the only adviser that managed to advise on more than 50 deals during Q1-Q3 2021. However, it lagged in terms of value due to its involvement in only six billion-dollar deals (≥$1bn) and had to settle at the sixth rank among the top 10 advisers by value.

“On the other hand, Allens, even though advised on less number of deals compared to AZB & Partners, managed to top the list by value due to its involvement in relatively a greater number of big-ticket deals. Allens advised on 10 billion-dollar deals, out of which two are mega deals (≥$10bn).”

Herbert Smith Freehills occupied the second position in terms of value with 45 deals worth $61.1bn, followed by Gilbert + Tobin with 26 deals worth $41.8bn, Dechert with 11 deals worth $39.1bn and Jones Day with 14 deals worth $38.4bn.

Khaitan occupied the second position in terms of volume with 46 deals worth US$7.2bn, followed by Herbert Smith Freehills. HWL Ebsworth Lawyers ranked fourth by volume with 30 deals worth $292m, followed by Allen & Overy with 28 deals worth $24.9bn.

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.


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