Jefferies and Rothschild & Co were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial advisers in the retail sector in H1 2023 by value and volume, respectively, according to GlobalData’s latest league table.

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

According to its financial deals database, Jefferies achieved its leading position in terms of value by advising on $5.3bn worth of deals. Rothschild & Co led in terms of volume by advising on a total of seven deals.

“Jefferies was the top adviser by value in H1 2022 and was able to retain its leadership position by this metric in H1 2023 as well,” said GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose. “It also registered a four-fold jump by value in H1 2023 compared to H1 2022.

“Similarly, Rothschild & Co was the top adviser by volume in H1 2022 and was able to retain its leadership position by this metric in H1 2023 as well. However, had to see a decline in deals volume in H1 2023 compared to H1 2022.”

“Meanwhile, PwC witnessed its ranking by volume improve from fifth position in H1 2022 to the top position by this metric in H1 2023.”

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Goldman Sachs came second in terms of value, by advising on $4.6bn worth of deals, followed by JP Morgan with $4.2bn, Barclays with $4bn and RBC Capital Markets with $2.1bn.

Runners-up in terms of volume were Performance Brokerage Services with seven deals, Ernst & Young with five deals, Jefferies with four deals and KPMG with four deals.

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.