Brunswick and FD Continue Domination of European M&A Biz
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Brunswick and FD Continue Domination of European M&A Biz

Brunswick Group tops mergermarket’s pan-European ranking of PR advisers on mergers and acquisitions by value, advising on 77 deals worth €246.5bn, while Financial Dynamics led by volume, advising on 98 deals worth €80billion.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Brunswick Group tops mergermarket’s pan-European ranking of PR advisers on mergers and acquisitions by value, advising on 77 deals worth €246.5bn, while Financial Dynamics led by volume, advising on 98 deals worth €80billion.Brunswock, which has had a strong first half of the year, also topped the value league tables in the U.K., Germany, and Italy. Finsbury Group was in second place by value, advising on 36 deals worth EUR 133.9bn.

Brunswick, Finsbury and Eurocofin, ranked tenth by value, all advised on the largest deal during the first half of the year, E.ON’s €45.3bn bid for Endesa.

Kekst & Company jumped from seventh to third place in the European value table, advising on 17 deals with a total value of €97.4bn. The U.S.-based firm was among those advising Arcelor on Mittal’s €31.3bn bid for the company, the third largest deal announced in the first six months of the year. Weber Shandwick Worldwide leapt from 12th place in the year end 2005 volume table to eighth, advising on 22 deals in the first half.

The top five firms in Europe by value were Brunswick, Finsbury, Kekst, MCommunications, and FD. The top five by volume were FD, Brunswick, Citigate, Maitland, and Finsbury.

In the U.K., the value leaders were Brunswick, Citigate and Finsbury, while the volume leaders were FD, Brunswick, and Citigate. In Germany, the value leaders were Brunswick, Eurocofin, and Finsbury, while the volume leaders were FD, Brunswick and Hering Schuppener. The French value leaders were M, Brunswick and FD and the volume leaders were Brunswick, FD and C&O. The Italian value leaders were Brunswick, PMS and Twister, while the volume leaders were Barabino & Partners, Holloway & Associates, and Brunswick.

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