Brunswick Leads European M&A Rankings by Value
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Brunswick Leads European M&A Rankings by Value

Brunswick Group beat out last year’s number one Maitland to take the lead in mergermarket’s 2006 pan-European league table of mergers and acquisitions public relations advisers by value, advising on 146 deals worth €265.7 billion.

Paul Holmes

LONDON—Brunswick Group beat out last year’s number one Maitland to take the lead in mergermarket’s 2006 pan-European league table of mergers and acquisitions public relations advisers by value, advising on 146 deals worth €265.7 billion. The firm has also topped the value tables in the U.K., Germany and France. Brunswick enjoyed a €37.8 billion lead over rival Finsbury Group which has climbed from fifth place in 2005 to claim second place by value at the end of 2006, advising on 79 deals worth €227.9 billion. The firm has advised on three out of the top five announced European deals in 2006. Financial Dynamics, Citigate and Maitland rounded out the top five by value. In the pan-European league table by volume, Financial Dynamics was the clear leader, having advised on 212 deals worth a total of €158.2 billion. The firm holds a substantial 66 deal lead over Brunswick Group, with Citigate, Maitland and Finsbury also in the top five. In the U.K., Brunswick led the value ranking, followed by Finsbury and Citigate, while FD led the volume league table, ahead of Brunswick and Citigate. In Germany, Brusnwick led Finsbury and CNC in the value rankings, while Hering Schuppener led CNC and Citigate in terms of volume. In France, Brunswick was both the value and the volume leader, beating out MCommunications in the value ranking and FD in volume. In Italy, Finsbury led by value and Barabino & Partners led by volume. Both Brunswick and Finsbury advised on the €55.5bn E.ON/Endesa transaction, the largest announced deal of 2006. Eurocofin also advised on the deal, jumping to 11th place in the pan-European value table as a result. In addition, five out of the top ten firms in the pan-European value table advised on the €31.3 billion Mittal/Arcelor deal announced in January 2006. European deal activity by value in 2006 (€1.05 trillion) was up 31 percent from 2005 and by 19 percent in Q4 compared to the same quarter in 2005. The U.K. and Ireland region continues to dominate by both value (26.2 percent) and volume (26.6 percent), while the Industrials and Chemicals sector remained the most active sector for M&A in Europe, accounting for 19 percent of deals in 2006.
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