Brunswick stays on top for third month in a row

Brunswick has continued a stellar year by maintaining its position at the top of the Deal Watch rankings for the third successive month.

The agency secured £64bn of deal work in July, the headline brief being its prolonged work on Barclays interest in Dutch bank ABN Amro. Barclays (advised by Brunswick) increased its bid to £45.4bn last month.

Brunswick also worked on the month’s second-biggest deal, advising tobacco manufacturer Altadis as it finalised its sale to Imperial Tobacco for £10.9bn.

FD, in second place, worked on 35 deals through July. It, too, benefited from the Barclays deal, advising the Dutch target. FD and Brunswick’s efforts dwarfed other Deal Watch agencies, amounting to more than £111bn worth of work.

In third spot this month is Gavin Anderson, which was the chief adviser in the £6.8bn restructure of Groupe Eurotunnel. The agency also ­advised suitcase manufacturer Samsonite as private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, advised by Brunswick, sought an £8.5bn institutional buyout.

Finsbury is in fourth position. Its headline deal was advising insurers Friends Provident as it received a £4.2bn merger approach from rival Resolution (see chart below). Temple Bar Advisory is working with Resolution on the deal, pushing it up to fifth spot.

Kekst & Company holds sixth spot, having advised Apax Partners on its £3.9bn offer for Thomson Learning’s education, careers and library reference assets. In seventh place is Maitland, which worked on £3bn worth of deals in July. Merlin, Tulchan Communications and M:Communications round off the top ten of July’s Deal Watch chart.



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