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

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 4,064  mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in the sector during 2021, while deal value for the sector increased by 38.8% from $270.8bn during 2020 to $376bn during 2021.

Top advisers by value and volume

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Kirkland & Ellis were the top M&A legal advisers in the consumer sector for 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised on 20 deals worth $38.5bn, while Kirkland & Ellis advised on 83 deals worth $25.6bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Kirkland & Ellis was the only firm to advise on more than 70 deals during 2021, thereby outpacing its peers by a large margin in terms of volume. Of these deals, seven were valued more than or equal to $1 billion—helping the firm secure the third spot by value.

“Due to its involvement in a higher number of big-ticket deals, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett managed to top the list by value. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised on 12 deals valued more than or equal to $1 billion.”

Latham & Watkins took second spot in the value table, with 52 deals worth $31.9bn; followed by Kirkland & Ellis. Weil Gotshal & Manges occupied the fourth position by value, with 34 deals worth $23.7bn; followed by Alston & Bird, with 13 deals worth $22.4bn.

Latham & Watkins also secured the second place in the volume table, followed by CMS, with 48 deals worth $2.1bn; Allen & Overy, with 46 deals worth $3.7bn; and Jones Day, with 44 deals worth $4.5bn.

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.