Best Investment Banks 2013: Best Legal Advisers

BEST LEGAL ADVISERS


By Michael Shari

 

BEST LEGAL ADVISERS
Global

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

North America Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Latin America

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Western Europe Freshfields
CEE Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Asia-Pacific Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Middle East Freshfields
Africa Clifford Chance

 

BEST LEGAL ADVISERS

GLOBAL

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom rose to first place as a legal adviser on M&A deals that had a greater combined value—$379.5 billion—than any other law firm in the world last year. It worked on 252 deals representing 13% of the global M&A market.

 

NORTH AMERICA

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised a small army of investment banks on four separate equity follow-on issues by AIG that raised a total of $38.2 billion dollars last year.

 

LATIN AMERICA

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom defended its top position in Latin America’s M&A market last year as a legal adviser in 15 deals valued at $36.4 billion, representing a 21% market share.

 

WESTERN EUROPE

Freshfields

Freshfields is number one in Western Europe’s M&A market, advising on 145 deals valued at $168.6 billion last year. It advised Porsche on the sale of 50.1% of its equity to Volkswagen of Germany.

 

CEE

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised TNK-BP on its ground-breaking sale of a 50% equity stake to Rosneftegaz last October. It also advised on seven large M&A deals valued at $64.2 billion and made up a 35.8% market share last year.

 

ASIA-PACIFIC

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom defended its top position in Latin America’s M&A market last year as a legal adviser in 15 deals valued at $36.4 billion, representing a 21% market share.

 

MIDDLE EAST

Freshfields

Freshfields retained its number-one position in the Middle East M&A market, advising clients on 12 deals valued at $5.9 billion with an 11% market share last year.

 

AFRICA

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance advised clients on 10 M&A deals valued at $4.1 bil-lion in Africa last year, ranking second on the continent. In a $2.6 bil-lion deal in North Africa in December, the firm advised Qatar National Bank on its acquisition of National Société Générale Bank of Egypt.

 

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