Blog: Dean BestWhich M&A advisory firms topped the charts in 2018?

Dean Best | 13 February 2019

Run-downs of the top financial and legal M&A advisers for the consumer sector in 2018 have been published.

US banking giant Goldman Sachs topped a league table of financial advisers compiled by researchers at UK-based international data and analytics firm GlobalData.

Last year, Goldman Sachs advised on 50 deals worth a combined US$112.3bn, including the top deal in the consumer sector – Dr Pepper Snapple's merger with Keurig Green Mountain for $18.73bn.

GlobalData, which tracks merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world to compile the league tables, ranked JP Morgan second, advising on 41 deals worth a total of $100.7bn. Third was Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with 20 deals valued at a combined $58.3bn.

Among legal firms, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton prevailed, working on 20 deals worth $57.6bn. White & Case advised on more transactions - 22 - but their combined value was $56.3bn. In third, Davis Polk & Wardwell was hired on 19 deals that were closed for a total of $51.4bn.

GlobalData says the consumer sector saw an increase in deal value and volumes in 2018 compared with 2017. The total value of transactions increased by 6.51% to $269.7bn. Volumes jumped almost 17% to 3,647 last year.

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