FD and Brunswick cash in on major April deals

FD and Brunswick head a record-busting DealWatch following a busy last month in which both agencies smashed through the £50bn barrier on M&A deals.

The headline deal, which contributed to over 80 per cent of both FD’s and Brunswick’s deal value, was the possible merger of Barc­lays and ABN Amro. Barc­lays was advised by Brunswick while ABN Amro used FD.

Should a formal bid come in from a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, then next month’s deal watch could also see Maitland and Finsbury join the fray.

Finsbury sits third in this month’s chart after advising on nine deals, including the target of the proposed £11bn buyout of Alliance Boots. Gavin Anderson, in fourth spot, advised private equity firm KKR and Alliance Boots executive deputy chairman Stefano Pessina on the takeover.

Maitland, top of last month’s DealWatch, drop­ped to third despite inc­rea­sing its deal value by nearly £3bn. Maitland is advising JTI Management, a unit of Japan Tobacco, on its acquisition of UK tobacco manufacturer Gallaher Group.

Cardew Group, which is retained by Gallaher Group, reaches sixth in this month’s chart. Vaishnavi Corporate Comm­­unications, an occasional visitor to the DealWatch table, primarily through its work with Tata steel, appears again with Tata as its sole client.

Brunswick continues to adv­ise Corus as the finishing touches go into the take­over of the former British Steel.

Citigate takes eighth ­position. One of its 13 deals was helping property investment firm Three Delta purchase nearly 18 per cent of Sainsbury’s. The supermarket has been subject to waning interest from private ­equity consortiums for the past two months.

DEAL WATCH April 2007 ranking
Financial PR company
No. of deals
Deal value £m
02. Brunswick Group
13 57,153
9 19,271
04. Gavin Anderson
3 11,123
05. Maitland
5 10,005
06. Cardew Group
4 7,610
07. Vaishnavi
1 6,200
08. Citigate
13 4,635
09. Weber Shandwick
10 2,502
10. Hudson Sandler
7 2,407

Source: Zephyr published by Bureau van Dijk

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