Smithfield Financial has claimed pole position in the June City PR
M&A adviser league table, knocking Brunswick off the top spot for the
Chime Communications-owned Smithfield boosted its position from ninth
place in May to first in June by advising on pounds 20.2bn-worth of M&A
deals in the UK, according to the ranking complied exclusively for
PRWeek by corporate finance information service Zephus.
The agency has overtaken Brunswick for the first time since the PRWeek
Deal Watch series launched two months ago (PRWeek, 18 May).
But additional year-to-date figures from Zephus show Brunswick remains
overall leader, advising on a total of 33 deals worth pounds 46.6bn
since January this year.
Both Smithfield and Brunswick recorded high deal values in the June M&A
league - which is compiled according to publicised deals involving at
least one UK company - through their work on the pounds 13bn deal to
take diamond giant De Beers private, which was completed early last
The Smithfield team also advised on the second largest deal of the
month, handling all City PR surrounding the pounds 6.7bn acquisition of
London-based mining group Billiton by Australian mining firm Broken Hill
Proprietary Company - a pounds 19.8bn merger which created BHP
Financial Dynamics came in third behind Brunswick, working on 22 deals
worth pounds 6.9bn, including the pounds 2.3bn bid for BT's property
portfolio by client Telereal, the joint venture set up by Land
Securities and William Pears Group.
Previous high ranker Tavistock Communications dropped out of the June
table, largely due to the prior completion of a number of deals
involving long-term client Vodafone.
DEAL WATCH JUNE 2001 RANKING
Ranking Financial PR Company No of Deal Value
Deals pounds bn
1 Smithfield Financial 5 20.2
2 Brunswick 7 17.7
3 Financial Dynamics 22 6.9
4 Penrose Financial 3 2.139
5 Kekst & Company 1 2.138
6 Citigate Dewe Rogerson 6 1.1
7 Hudson Sandler 3 0.97
8 Gavin Anderson & Company 5 0.68
9 Cardew & Co 3 0.63
10 Maitland Consultancy 3 0.55
Source: Zephus Corporate Finance Knowledge (www.zephus.com)