GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its global league tables for top 10 legal advisers in retail sector by value and volume for H1 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Retail M&A Report Financial Adviser League Tables H1 2021’.
According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 972 M&A deals were announced in the sector during H1 2021, while deal value for the sector increased by 70.9% from $55bn in H1 2020 to $94bn in H1 2021.
Top advisers by value and volume
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Latham & Watkins were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal advisers in the retail sector for H1 2021 by value and volume, respectively.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised on seven deals worth $13.5bn, which was the highest value among all the advisers. Meanwhile, Latham & Watkins led in volume terms having advised on ten deals worth $9.4bn.
GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Latham & Watkins was the only firm that managed to advise on double-digit deal volume. Moreover, the total value of deals advised by the firm was also close to $10bn, due to which it was also able to occupy the fourth position by value.
“Meanwhile, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was among the very few advisors that managed to surpass $10bn during H1 2020. However, its involvement in five billion-dollar deals (valued more than or equal to $1bn) offered it an edge and helped it top the list by value.”
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison occupied the second position in terms of value with eight deals worth $11.3bn, followed by Ropes & Gray with six deals worth $10.4bn. Latham & Watkins occupied the fourth position in terms of value, followed by Blake Cassels & Graydon with three deals worth $5.6bn.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher occupied the second position in terms of volume with nine deals worth $5.6bn, followed by Kirkland & Ellis with nine deals worth $1.2bn. Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett occupied the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, in terms of volume.
GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.
To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions from leading advisers, through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website.