Holmes Report 25 Jan 2018 // 4:34PM GMT
NEW YORK—Sard Verbinnen handled more mergers and acquisitions around the world than any other public relations advisory firm last year, topping the mergermarket rankings in terms of both volume (248) and value ($386 billion).
In terms of deal volume, the New York-based firm finished ahead of FTI Consulting (207), Brunswick Group (190), Finsbury Hering Schuppener and Kekst (165 each). In terms of value, Brunswick was the runner up ($346 billion), ahead of Finsbury Hering Schuppener ($308 billion), Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher ($297 billion) and Kekst ($241 billion).
Sard Verbinnen also led the way in the US market. In terms of volume, Joele Frank was number two, with Kekst, Abernathy MacGregor and Finsbury rounding out the top five. In the value ranking, Joele Frank, Finsbury, Kekst and Brunswick held the other top places.
Brunswick—which topped the global rankings in 2016—held on to the number one spot in European value, followed by FTI, Finsbury Hering Schuppener, Kekst and Sard. FTI was number one in Europe in terms of volume, beating out Brunswick, Finsbury Hering Schuppener, Citigate, and Maitland.
FTI Consulting was number one in both volume and value in the UK. Hering Schuppener led both tables in Germany. Image Sept was tops in terms of volume in France, with Brunswick tops in terms of value. In Italy, Barabino & Partners led the volume ranking, while Community Group led the value ranking.
Brunswick was number one in Asia, leading the volume table ahead of Sard Verbinnen and Australia’s Citadel-Magnus, and leading the value table ahead of Domestique Consulting of Australia and Newgate Communications.
In Japan, Sard Verbinnen was number one in volume, and Finsbury Hering Schuppener was number one in terms of value.