Brunswick tops global M&A tables after slow 1H of deals

LONDON: Brunswick topped the Mergermarket M&A PR league tables for the first half of 2013, but overall deal activity was down 12% year-on-year.

LONDON: Brunswick topped the Mergermarket M&A PR league tables for the first half of 2013, but overall deal activity was down 12% year-on-year.

The firm was on top of Mergermarket's global, European, and UK league tables.

Globally, Brunswick worked on 75 deals worth a combined $117 billion, or about £77 billion. Following Brunswick in the global league table were Sard Verbinnen & Co with 47 deals and Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher with 27 deals worth $72 billion and $68 billion, respectively.

The largest deal during the period was the $28 billion Brunswick-supported bid of Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital Partners for HJ Heinz.

FTI Consulting topped the global table in terms of deal volume, working on 94 deals worth $44 billion during the first half.

M&A volumes picked up towards the end of Q2, with the second quarter up 10.6% from Q1, but the first half was still down 12.2% compared to last year with deals valued at $899.1 billion from $1.02 trillion.

Brunswick topped the European table ahead of Hering Schuppener Consulting and FTI Consulting, and led the UK table.

The UK table is notable for a number of traditionally smaller players in the financial PR market making up the top 10.

Second by deal value is Tavistock Communications (60th in the first half of 2012), followed by Powerscourt and Hering Schuppener Consulting.

Also making the top 10 were StockWell Communications, Greenbrook Communications, and Publicis Groupe-owned CNC.

UK financial PR heavyweights RLM Finsbury came in 13th, working on 18 deals worth $3.1 billion (down 92% year-on-year), while Tulchan Communications came in 15th with 16 transactions worth $2.2 billion.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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