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Brunswick Group continues to top Mergermarket's list as the top handler of M&A deals, in terms of both volume and value, despite a drying up of the sector. In the first quarter of 2009, it reportedly handled deals valued at about $1.37 billion. Steve Lipin, who is based in New York, is repeatedly cited as the stateside powerhouse of the UK-founded global firm. He oversees the US practice, which has been working to grow in recent years. That includes a significant buildup in its Washington office since the start of the year, as well as splashy hires, such as Jim Wilkinson, the chief of staff for former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Lipin also brings in significant client work and directly oversees high-profile relationships. Last year, he handled the agency's work with InBev as it successfully acquired Anheuser-Busch. As those in financial services are now counseling clients to stop hiding out, perhaps this will be the year, Lipin, too, steps out to increase his profile.