NEW YORK: Brunswick replaced Kekst & Co. in the top spot by value for M&A firms in a recent survey from mergermarket. The review, "Q1-Q3 2008 M&A House League Tables of PR Advisers to North American M&A," shows Brunswick's 48 deals were worth $200 billion. Work with InBev on its $59 billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch and as acting PR adviser to Bank of America on its $44 billion acquisition of Merrill Lynch propelled Brunswick from the number three spot it held at the end of last year. Kekst and Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher weren't far behind Brunswick in terms of value, and FD and Sard Verbinnen & Co. completed the top five. Kekst still holds on to its number one position by volume, with 100 deals worth $197 billion.