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

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 1,113 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals were announced in the region during 2021. The deal value for the region increased by 112.6% from $64.3bn during 2020 to $136.7bn during 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Pinheiro Neto Advogados (Pinheiro Neto) and Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados (Bronstein, Zilberberg) emerged as the top M&A legal advisers in South & Central America for 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

 Pinheiro Neto advised on 20 deals valued at $12.5bn, while Bronstein, Zilberberg advised on 48 deals worth $785m.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “The number of deals advised by Bronstein, Zilberberg was just a little less than 50. Although the firm outstripped its peers by a significant margin on this metric, it lagged in terms of value and was unable to secure a ranking among the top 10 firms by value.

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“Meanwhile, Pinheiro Neto, apart from leading by value, also managed to occupy the second position by volume.”

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga took the second position in terms of value, with 14 deals worth $11bn, followed by Lefosse Advogados, with eight deals valued at $9.8bn, Madrona Advogados, with five deals worth $9.4bn and Souza Mello e Torres Advogados, with five deals worth $9.2bn.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice got the third place by volume, with 17 deals worth $3.7 billion, followed by Carey Abogados, with 15 deals worth $1 billion. Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga took the fifth spot by volume.

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.