Rothschild & Co was the leading financial adviser globally for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Q1 2019 in the consumer sector, according to GlobalData.

The investment bank advised on 15 deals worth a combined $16.9bn, including the big ticket deal – Apollo Global Management’s acquisition of RPC for $5.8bn.

It figured in the 18th position in GlobalData’s Q1 2019 ranking of top 20 financial advisers for global mergers and acquisitions.

GlobalData has published a top ten league table of financial advisers ranked according to the value of announced M&A deals globally. If value remains same for multiple advisers, deal volume is given weightage.

Deutsche Bank trailed Rothschild & Co, clocking in six deals worth $15.5bn. With nine deals valued at $13bn, Goldman Sachs figured at third position.

Nagarjun Sura, financial deals analyst at GlobalData, said: “Despite a major jump in deal volume, deal value for consumer sector dropped by around 30% in Q1 2019 as compared with the same quarter last year. The drop can be mainly attributed to limited number of mega deals in the sector. Rothschild & Co held top position in terms of both deal value and volume among top 10 financial advisors, whereas the legal adviser league table was topped by Slaughter and May in value terms.”

The consumer sector saw a 29.7% decline in deal value from $82.6bn in Q1 2018 to $58bn in Q1 2019. On the contrary, deal volumes surged by 43.7% from 856 in Q1 2018 to 1,230 in Q1 2019.

UK-based law firm Slaughter and May led the chart of top 10 legal advisers in terms of value. It provided legal services for three deals worth a combined $12.1bn.  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advised on five deals worth $10.2bn. In the global league table of top 20 legal advisers for Q1 2019, Kirkland & Ellis topped the list. Although Slaughter and May was absent in the global table of top 20 legal advisers, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer figured at 15th position.

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