Maitland top of new year deal watch as FD double-dips

Maitland tops PRWeek's first Deal Watch of 2007, having advised on M&A deals worth more than £16bn last month.

The agency’s headline deal was its representation of UK cigarette manufac­turer Gallaher after Japanese company JTI Management made a £7.5bn offer.

Cardew Group, which worked on the most deals in November (PRWeek, 8 December 2006), slipped to fifth in the latest table, but did represent JTI Management on the above deal.

Maitland also represented ElectricInvest, which bought Northern Ireland’s Viridian Group for £2bn.

In second spot, working on 37 separate deals through last month, was Financial Dynamics. The agency represented RHM as Premier Foods bid £2bn.

FD also ‘double-dipped’ in December. It worked for Land Securities on its £927m purchase of Secondary Market Infrastructure Fund from Star Capital Partners, also an FD client.

Brunswick steered its way into third spot, primarily on the back of its work with investment holding group CVC Capital Partners. CVC proposed a £1bn institutional buyout of Swiss packager SIG Holdings, and just under that figure for freight company Fraikin.

Finsbury, which frequently topped Deal Watch during 2006, kicks off this year in fourth. The agency worked on the month’s biggest deal – advising Thames Water as Kemble Water completed its £8bn move.

Smithfield held sixth position, ahead of Tulchan Communications in seventh. Vaishnavi Corporate Communications, Citigate Dewe Rogerson and K Capital Source were also included in the festive-season top ten. The charted agencies worked on deals worth more than £100bn in total.

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