Herbert Smith Freehills
is the lone non-US headquartered law firm to rank in the top 10 by deal value of the Thomson Reuters Q4 2016 Global M&A League Tables.
HSF also announced that it ranked second in the UK, with 55 transactions under its belt with an aggregate value of US$ 134.5 billion.
The firm was ranked 10th in Europe and it held on to its second place on the podium in Australia.
For the entirety of 2016, HSF advised on 200 deals with a total value of US$ 316.2 billion. Clients they have advised includes Sky on the £18.5 billion recommended takeover offer from Twenty-First Century Fox.
The Sky deal was the second largest public M&A deal to be announced in the UK in 2016.
HSF also advised the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers on the Post-Offer Undertakings given by Softbank Group Corp on its recommended £24 billion takeover of ARM Holdings.
In Australia, it advised the Lonsdale Consortium on its A$9.7 billion acquisition of the Port of Melbourne.
“The rankings reflect Hebert Smith Freehills' strong 2016 and continue to highlight the firm’s reputation as a top legal adviser in the global market. These results are testament to the market leading deals we undertake across the corporate practice and the hard work, commitment and talent of all of our people,” said the firm’s Scott Cochrane.
“We now act for more clients in the FTSE 100 than any other UK or US firm and we are the leading law firm for public takeovers above £1 billion in the UK. As we continue to build and strengthen our practice, we look forward to another great year in 2017,” the firm’s global head of corporate added.
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