GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 legal advisers by value and volume in financial services sector for Q1 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Consumer M&A Review & Legal Adviser League tables Q1 2021’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 926 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in the sector during Q1 2021, while deal value for the sector increased by 37.2% from $78bn in Q1 2020 to $107bn in Q1 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Kirkland & Ellis has emerged as the top legal adviser for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by both value and volume in the consumer sector for Q1 2021, having advised on 13 deals worth $13.2bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Ravi Tokala said: “Kirkland & Ellis, being the only adviser to advise on more than 10 deals and surpass the $10bn mark, emerged as the clear winner. The firm managed to advise on three billion-dollar deals (deals worth greater than or equal to $1bn), among 11 such deals recorded in the consumer sector during Q1 2021.”

Blake Cassels & Graydon occupied the second position by value with six deals worth $9.7bn followed by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett with three deals worth $8.6bn and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson with five deals worth $7.6bn.

Allen & Overy took the second position by volume with 10 deals worth $154mn followed by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher with seven deals worth $3.9bn and Weil Gotshal & Manges with seven deals worth $1.1bn.

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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.