LONDON—Brunswick Group keeps the number one spot in mergermarket’s pan-European third quarter league table of public relations advisers by value, advising on 116 deals worth €272.6 billion. The firm also maintains its lead in the U.K. and German value league tables. Brunswick has a €94 billion lead over rival Finsbury Group, which remains securely in second place by value, advising on 59 deals worth €178.6 billion. The two firms have both advised on three out of the five top deals announced in the first three quarters of the year, including the largest deal by far, E.ON’s €56bn bid for Endesa.
MCommunications has had a strong year, climbing steadily up the pan-European value ranking from ninth position at the end of last year to claim third position in this quarter’s rankings. The U.K.-based firm also tops the French value table advising on eleven deals with a total value of €80.6 billion. It has advised on two of the largest deals this year, including the €35.8 billion Suez/Gaz de France takeover.
Financial Dynamics maintains its lead in the pan-European volume table advising on 145 deals with a total value of €102.4 billion. The firm continues to keep a clear distance ahead of Brunswick with a 29 deal lead.
Joining Brunswick, Finsbury and M in the top five European advisers by value were FD and Kekst, while the volume ranking featured Brunswick, Citigate, Finsbury and Maitland in addition to leader FD. The U.K. rankings by value were topped by Brunswick, Citigate, Finsbury, Maitland, and Spanish PR firm Grupo Albion, while the volume rankings were led by FD, Brunswick, Citigate, Finsbury and Maitland.
In Germany Brunswick, Finsbury, Eurocofin, Hering Schuppener, and CNC were tops by value, while Citigate, Brunswick, Hering Schuppener, FD and CNC led by volume. In France, MCommunications, Brunswick, FD, Euro RSCG C&O and Kekst led the value league table, while the volume rankings were headed by Brunswick, FD, M, C&O and Kekst. In Italy, Twister led by value while Barabino led in terms of volume.