Barclays and Rothschild & Co were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial advisers in the retail sector by value and volume, respectively during Q1-Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s latest league table.

The leading data and analytics company ranked advisers by the value and volume of M&A deals on which they advised.

According to its financial deals database, Barclays was the leading adviser measured in terms of value by advising $14.6bn worth of deals during the period.

Rothschild & Co came on top, measured by the number of transactions after advising on 16 deals.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “The number of deals advised by Rothschild & Co during Q1-Q3 of 2022 and 2023 remained mostly at the same level. It was the only adviser with double-digit deal volume during Q1-Q3 2023 and apart from leading by volume, it also occupied the fifth position by value.

“Meanwhile, Barclays was the only adviser to surpass $10bn in total deal value during Q1-Q3 2023. It registered a significant jump in the total value of deals advised by it during Q1-Q3 2023 compared to Q1-Q3 2022. Apart from leading by value, Barclays also occupied the eighth position by volume during Q1-Q3 2023.”

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Morgan Stanley held the second position in terms of value by advising on $8.7bn worth of deals, followed by Goldman Sachs with $6.5bn and Jefferies with $5.6bn.

Runners-up in terms of volume were Performance Brokerage Services with nine deals, Ernst & Young and Houlihan Lokey with eight deals each.

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 of deals from leading advisers.