Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal 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, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer achieved its leading position in terms of value by advising on $4.6bn worth of deals. CMS led in terms of volume by advising on a total of ten deals.

“CMS was the only adviser with double-digit deal volume in H1 2023,” said GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose. “Moreover, it went ahead from occupying the second position by volume in H1 2022 to top the chart by this metric in H1 2023.

“Meanwhile, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also saw a significant jump in its ranking by value from 57th position in H1 2022 to the top position in H1 2023. It also registered a substantial jump in the total value of deals advised by it in H1 2023 compared to H1 2022.”

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett jointly occupied the second position in terms of value by advising on $4bn worth of deals each.

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Kirkland & Ellis came second in terms of volume with seven deals, followed by Baker McKenzie with seven deals, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin with six deals, and White & Case 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.