FD’s 26 deals were worth more than £10bn. The most high profile was Abertis’s purchase of 32 per cent of satellite operator Eutelsat. FD represented Cinven, which owned 10.9 per cent of the acquired firm before selling its stake to Abertis.
In second place, Brunswick had a role in many of January’s biggest deals – including aerospace and defence firm Smiths Group’s £2.5bn sale of its aerospace components division to General Electric.
Vaishanavi Corporate Communications entered the top three by virtue of one deal – advising Tata Steel on its £5.75bn takeover of Corus (formerly British Steel). FD (Tata UK) and Brunswick (Corus) also worked on the takeover.
Finsbury bagged fourth spot, working on five deals – more than £1bn ahead of Citigate Dewe Rogerson (fifth) in terms of total value.
The former agency’s biggest deal was Royal Dutch Shell’s attempt to acquire 100 per cent of Shell Canada.
CDR – which worked on 17 deals – advised Mid Europa partners as it acquired mobile operator Bite from telecoms group TDC.
Tulchan Communications – which last week picked up Sports World’s potential listing (PRWeek, 2 February) – advised United Utilities as it offloaded Vertex Data Science to US private equity group VTX Holdings.
The Hogarth Partnership, in seventh, counselled Insurance Australia, which bought Equity Insurance for £570m from Duke Street Capital.
Hudson Sandler made its first appearance of the year, in eighth, ahead of Maitland, which topped the chart last month (PRWeek, 12 Jan).
DEAL WATCH January 2007 ranking
|Ranking || Financial PR Company || No. of Deals ||Deal Value £m |
|02.|| Brunswick Group || 17 ||£9,539|
|03.||Vaishanavi Corporate Comms||01||£5,751|
|04.|| Finsbury ||05||£3,765|
|05.|| Citigate Dewe Rogerson ||17||£2,371|
|06.|| Tulchan Communications ||07||£647|
|07.|| The Hogarth Partnership ||03||£628|
|08.|| Hudson Sandler ||06||£467|
|10.|| College Hill ||14||£351|
Source: Zephyr published by Bureau van Dijk