Brunswick leads mergermarket's Q2 tables

NEW YORK: Brunswick Group topped mergermarket's league tables of North American M&A advisers once again in the second quarter, tallying a total of 53 deals worth $181.9 billion in the first half of 2006.

NEW YORK: Brunswick Group topped mergermarket's league tables of North American M&A advisers once again in the second quarter, tallying a total of 53 deals worth $181.9 billion in the first half of 2006.

Citigate Sard Verbinnen was a distant second in the first half, with 52 deals valued at $121.4 billion. Kekst and Company also cracked the $100 billion mark in value, with 61 deals worth $102.2 billion. Joele Frank and Abernathy MacGregor rounded out the top five firms in deal value for the first half.

Kekst led the way in volume, with 61 deals, followed by Brunswick and Sard. Financial Dynamics was fourth in volume with 46 deals, but their total value of $21.4 billion was only good for tenth place.

The financial intelligence firm noted that the first half was one of astonishing growth for many top agencies; Joele Frank's total deal value was up nearly 100% compared to the first half of 2005, and Abernathy and Brunswick were both up more than 85% in the same period.

Brunswick's dominance thus far in 2006 is largely attributable to their work on the Bellsouth/AT&T deal last March, which was by far the year's largest.

The first half saw close to $700 billion in total deal value, making it the most active since 2003, according to mergermarket.

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