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July, 2020 - United States of America


Top Ranked WSG Members in Mergermarket’s Latest Global & Regional M&A Report 1H20


Top Ranked WSG Members in Mergermarket’s Latest Global & Regional M&A Report 1H20

World Services Group congratulates our members who have been top ranked in Mergermarket’s Global & Regional M&A Report 1H20, which provides intelligence on the world’s leading legal advisors for significant mergers and acquisitions, by both deal count and value. WSG congratulates these leaders who continue to represent the excellence standard in practice that is required of the WSG membership.

Mergermarket Firms

A&L Goodbody

Ireland by Deal Count - #1


Russia by Deal Value - #4
CEE by Deal Value - #12

Brigard & Urrutia

Latin America by Deal Count - #5


Latin America by Deal Count - #16


CEE by Deal Count - #16


Greater China by Value - #4
Greater China by Count - #18


CEE by Deal Count - #2


Iberia by Deal Count - #1
Spain by Deal Count - #1
Spain by Deal Value - #9
Latin America by Deal Count - #11
Europe by Deal Count - #17
Latin America by Deal Value - #17
Germany by Deal Value - #18
France by Deal Count - #20

Han Kun Law Offices

Greater China by Deal Value - #4
Asia (excl. Australasia & Japan) by Deal Value - #16
Asia (excl. Japan) by Deal Value - #19

Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek

Germany by Deal Count - #8

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Italy by Deal Count - #2
Italy by Deal Value - #9

Karanovic Partners

CEE by Deal Value - #9
Poland by Deal Count - #6


Finland by Deal Count - #6


Australasia by Deal Count - #2
Asia Pacific (excl. Japan) by Deal Count - #9


Denmark by Deal Count - #7

Simonsen Vogt Wiig>

Nordics by Deal Count - #19

Veirano Advogados

Denmark by Deal Count - #7
Latin America by Deal Count - #9

Walder Wyss

Switzerland by Deal Count - #2

Wardynski and Partners

Poland by Deal Count- #10

Global and Regional M&A Report Including League Tables of Legal Advisors

Published by Mergermarket, July, 2020

Mergermarket, the leading provider of M&A data and intelligence, has released its 1H20 report with league tables. According to the report, the initial effects of COVID-19 were only beginning to be felt across the global economy at the end of 1Q20. However, its full impact manifested in the second quarter, where deal volume nearly halved from 4,308 deals in 1Q20 to 2,630 in 2Q20 and deal values plummeted from USD 592.6bn in 1Q20 to USD 308.9bn in 2Q20.

• Contrasting 1H20 to 1H19, deal volume fell 32% compared to the previous year (6,938 deals vs. 10,155 deals), and deal values declined 53% year over year (USD 901.6bn compared to USD 1,907.5bn). Such activity levels were most evocative of 2008 and 2009. While the Global Financial Crisis remains the best historical comparison, COVID-19 has generated its own unique brand of mayhem.

• To see the differences between COVID-19 and the Global Financial Crisis, one need look no further than the second top performing sector of 1H20—Financial Services. Even accounting for a sizable fall in deal count, the Financial Services sector more than doubled its global market share to 17.1%. Six of the largest financial services transactions announced in 1H20 are investing or banking related, including Morgan Stanley’s USD 13bn bid for ETrade Financial, Kuwait Finance House’s USD 9.8bn offer for Ahli United Bank, and Franklin Resources USD 5.4bn bid for Legg Mason. Meanwhile, Aon [NYSE:AON]’s USD 35.6bn plan to merge with Willis Towers Watson [NASDAQ:WLTW] is an example of one the few large transactions that has managed to move forward.

• Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) also increased its relative share of global M&A, as businesses became virtual and consumers were driven online. Sectors such as Consumer and Leisure have been impacted, falling a combined 64.3% by value and 66.1% by deal count year of year, and Energy, Mining & Utilities was hit hard (declining 67.6% in value and 33.9% in volume) as commodities reacted negatively when energy demand dried up. Construction was the only sector to turn in a positive number achieving a 5.7% increase in deal value despite a one-third decline deal volume.

Read the full report here


WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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