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
| Ranking||Financial PR company ||No. of deals ||Deal value £m |
|02.||Brunswick Group ||13||57,153 |
|03.||Finsbury ||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