LONDON—Brunswick Group held on to its number one spot in mergermarket’s pan-European league table of public relations advisers on deals by value, advising on 92 deals worth €246.9 billion in the first half of the year. The firm has also topped the value table in the U.K. and the volume table in France, while consistently ranking in the top 10 in both value and volume tables across all major markets in the region.
Brunswick has close to a €100 billion lead over FD, which climbed from fourth place to claim second place by value for the quarter, advising on 132 deals worth €152.6 billion. FD has also taken the lead in the pan-European and U.K. league tables by volume. The firm is advising ABN AMRO on the competing bids from Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland consortium.
PMS, up from number 30 in 2006, ranked third in value of deals across Europe, followed by Abernathy MacGregor Group and Finsbury. Maitland, Citigate and Finsbury rounded out the region’s top five in terms of volume.
All the top firms have seen huge leaps in overall deal values, with Brunswick advising on over €90 billion worth of transactions more than in the same period last year.
European deal activity by value in the first half of 2007 (€685.9 billion) is up a record breaking 43 percent from the same period last year and by 145 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous quarter. The Benelux region has overtaken the U.K. and Ireland this quarter to be the hottest region by value (28.6 percent) whilst the U.K. and Ireland continue to dominate by volume (25.5 percent).
The industrials and chemicals sector remains the most active sector for M&A in Europe accounting for 19 percent of deals in the first half, while financial services continues to be by far the hottest sector by value, with 39.2 percent of overall activity in Europe.
In the U.K. value ranking, Brunswick finished ahead of FD, Abernathy, Finsbury and PMS. FD led the volume table, ahead of Brunswick, Maitland, College Hill, and Citigate.
Hering Schuppener led the German ranking by value, beating out FD and Finsbury, and led FD and Brunswick in the volume rankings. In France, Euro RSCG C&O led by value, ahead of Brunswick and Citigate, while Brunswick led by volume, beating FD and C&O. In Italy, Holloway & Associates led by value and Barabino & Partners led by volume.