Brunswick Tops M&A List by Value; Kekst Leads by Volume
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Brunswick Tops M&A List by Value; Kekst Leads by Volume

Brunswick has climbed to the top of the rankings in mergermarket’s league table of public relations advisors to North American M&A by value this quarter, with a total of 48 deals worth $200 billion.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORKBrunswick has climbed to the top of the rankings in mergermarket’s league table of public relations advisors to North American M&A by value this quarter, with a total of 48 deals worth $200 billion. Perennial rankings leader Kekst & Company maintained its lead in the volume rankings, handling with 100 deals worth $197 billion.

 

Brunswick is up from third place at the year-end 2007after advising on the top two deals of the year to date, working with InBev on its $59 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch and acting as advisor to Bank of America on its $44 billion acquisition of Merrill Lynch. Kekst, meanwhile, is advising on four out of the top 10 deals and joins Brunswick on this year’s largest North American deal so far, the InBev/Anheuser-Busch transaction.

 

Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, FD and Sard Verbinnen round out the top five in terms of value, behind Brunswick and Kekst, while FD came in second in terms of volume, ahead of Abernathy MacGregor Group, Brunswick and Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher.

The large deals of the second quarter are still impacting the league tables by value. Firms such as Owen Blicksilver and CNC continue to hold onto their impressive positions, having risen dramatically since year end 2007. CNC, ranked 25th at the end of last year, is currently in 7th place, while Qorvis Communications is ranked 18th by value this quarter, up from 239 at the year-end 2007.

 

M&A deal value and volume continues to drop in North America with activity down 23 percent compared to the same period last year. Volumes are also down by 16 percent from last quarter. In terms of deal value M&A is down 40 percent from the same three quarters in 2007, but is up 12 percent over the second quarter of this year.

 

Despite recent activity in the financial services sector, the energy, mining, oil and gas sector continues to be the hottest sector in North America by value, with 18.8 percent of overall deal value in the region.

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