Brunswick retains pole place with chemical deal

Brunswick has bagged the top spot in the Deal Watch rankings for the fourth month in a row after a quiet August.

The agency took £14.7bn of deal work last month. It was propelled to the top by its work on the month’s biggest deal, advising British chemicals firm ICI as it was acq­uired by Dutch giant Akzo Nobel for £8bn. Akzo Nobel used Smithfield for the deal.

FD remains in second place with £9.6bn of business. It worked with Hanson in the month’s second largest deal, which saw the building mat­erials supplier acquired by LeHigh, an acquisition vehicle of Heidelberg Cement, in a deal worth £7.96bn.

Finsbury was also inv­olved, adv­ising Heidelberg. The deal helped Finsbury move to third place in the rankings, netting a total of £8.5bn.

Smithfield re-entered the top ten this month after adv­ising on four deals worth £8bn. Maitland lies in the fifth spot with £1.6bn of deals.

In sixth spot is The Hogarth Partnership, advising on £1.43bn of deals. Chief among these was working with the Nationwide Building Society in its £1.4bn acquisition of the Portman Building Society. Tulchan Communications lies in seventh position, adv­ising on £977m of deals.

Edelman, Park Green and M:Communications complete August’s Deal Watch.

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