Deals down on last year as Brunswick tops chart

Brunswick sits at the top of the first Deal Watch chart of 2008 having worked on nearly £8bn worth of deals through December 2007.

The table is in marked contrast with last January's chart, which saw Maitland at the top, having worked on £16bn worth of deals. Insiders have suggested the swathe of big money deals seen at the start of 2007 is unlikely to be repeated this year.

Brunswick's largest deal was advising Emap as Guardian Media Group bought its remaining business. The deal saw the end of one of UK publishing's most successful companies. Advising the other side of the £2bn deal was Maitland, which sits second in the Deal Watch chart.

Maitland's ten deals through December included advising Northgate Information Solutions as it was picked up by a private equity consortium for £14bn.

FD sits third, down one from last month. It advised internet auction house Tradus as Africa's largest media group, Naspers, bought it through wholly-owned subsidiary MIH Internet.

Citypress makes one of its occasional forays into the top ten, taking fourth spot ahead of Finsbury, which slips two places to fifth. Finsbury also worked on the Northgate Information Solution deal, advising NIS Acquisitions, a company formed by private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

Cubitt Consulting advised a £1.9bn management buyout backed by private equity firm First Reserve (under the name of Turbo Alpha) for oil rig builder and operator Abbot Group. This helped take Cubitt to sixth, ahead of Tavistock, which advised Abbot on the same transaction.

Tulchan, College Hill and A&B Financial Dynamics round off the top ten.

DEAL WATCH - DECEMBER 2007 RANKING
Ranking Financial PR Company No of Deals Deal Value
pounds m
1 Brunswick Group 13 7,925
2 Maitland 10 5,366
3 FD 24 2,294
4 Citypress 3 2,136
5 Finsbury 4 2,068
6 Cubitt Consulting 4 2,000
7 Tavistock Communications 3 1,918
8 Tulchan Communications 4 1,827
9 College Hill 15 1,223
10 A&B Financial Dynamics 1 1,117
Source: Zephyr published by Bureau van Dijk

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