White & Case and Allen & Overy were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal advisers in the Middle East & Africa region in H1 2023, 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, White & Case achieved its leading position in terms of value by advising on $5.3bn worth of deals. Allen & Overy led in terms of volume by advising on a total of seven deals.

“White & Case was among the only two advisers that managed to surpass $5bn in total deal value during H1 2023,” said GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose.  “It advised on three deals with disclosed value worth more than $100 million, which also included one billion-dollar deal [deals valued at $1bn or more].

“Apart from leading by value, White & Case also gave close competition for the top position by volume but missed it by a whisker. It occupied the second position by volume with six deals. Meanwhile, Allen & Overy, which led the chart by volume, occupied the third position by value.”

Latham & Watkins came second in terms of value, by advising on $5bn worth of deals, followed by Allen & Overy with $3.4bn, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton with $2bn, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher with $1.7bn.

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Runners-up in terms of volume were Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co with five deals, followed by Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano with four deals, and Latham & Watkins with three 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.