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January 13, 2022updated 17 Jan 2022 6:42am

Top 10 M&A legal advisers in North America for 2021 revealed

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

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 16,494 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in the region during 2021. The deal value for the region increased by 62.6% from $1.2 trillion during 2020 to $2 trillion during 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Kirkland & Ellis were the top mergers and acquisitions legal advisers in North America for 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised on 218 deals valued at $470.1bn, while Kirkland & Ellis led the volume chart with 855 deals valued at $469.7bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: ““Kirkland & Ellis was the only firm that managed to advise on more than 800 deals outstripping its peers by a significant margin in terms of deal volume. Not only that, it also gave stiff competition for the top spot by value and missed it by a whisker. Kirkland & Ellis occupied the second position by value.

“Meanwhile, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, though led in terms of value but did not find a place in the top 10 list by volume.”

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz took the third spot in the value chart with 99 deals worth $440bn. It was followed by Latham & Watkins with 391 deals valued at $379.4bn, and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison with 225 deals worth $334.5bn.

Latham & Watkins secured the second place in the volume chart. It was followed by Willkie Farr & Gallagher with 325 deals valued at $152.4bn, Jones Day with 294 deals worth $108bn and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom with 238 deals worth $284.3bn.

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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