Maitland top of new year table 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 Premier Foods on its £2bn bid for RHM.

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.

DEAL WATCH December 2006 ranking

Ranking  Financial PR Company  No. of Deals  Deal Value £m
  1. Maitland  10 16,407
  2. Financial Dynamics  37 14,602
  3. Brunswick Group  23 14,503
  4. Finsbury  7 11,124
  5. Cardew Group  5 9,757
  6. Smithfield  5 8,165
  7. Tulchan Communications  7 5,267
  8. Vaishnavi Corporate Communications  1 4,725
  9. Citigate Dewe Rogerson  14 3,867
 10. K Capital Source  1 2,050

Source: Zephyr published by Bureau van Dijk

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