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League Tables of Legal Advisers & M&A Trend Report

New York, NY – mergermarket, an independent and proprietary M&A media service, today released its Q3 2012 Global M&A Round-up of legal advisers.  A full copy of the report can be found here and highlights of the report can be found below:

Global M&A in Q1-Q3 2012 down 17.4% compared to same period last year

  • Q3 2012 total of US$ 461bn, down 16.1% from Q2 2012
  • Q3 2012 resumed freefall from Q4 2010 after brief spike in Q2
  • Energy, Mining & Utilities saw 26.1% of total global deal value this year

Clifford Chance tops global and Europe advisory league tables for Q1-Q3 2012

  • Clifford Chance jumped 15 places from its Q1-Q3 2011 finish to claim top spot in the global legal adviser league table; which in turn cemented top spot in Europe as well
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom moved up three places to finish top of the Americas legal adviser league table
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Citigroup jumped six places to achieve top rank in Asia Pacific (excl. Japan)

mergermarket Heat Charts reveal TMT as the most popular “Companies for sale” sector globally

  • Industrials & Chemicals and the Consumer sector dominate both the CEE and Germanic region
  • TMT maintained top post in the US Heat Chart
  • Industrials & Chemicals led in the Asia-Pacific, mainly in Greater China

European M&A in the first nine months of 2012 down 22.6% on Q1-Q3 2011

  • Europe posted lowest quarter since Q3 2009
  • Germanic region remained the most active in Europe with 27.5% market share
  • Construction saw 48.7% pickup in activity compared to Q1-Q3 2011

US takes brunt of slide with year-to-date total 18.6% lower than this time last year

  • Q3 2012 US M&A totalled US$ 206.7bn, up 4.8% on Q3 2011
  • Q1-Q3 2012 down 18.6% from Q1-Q3 2011
  • Industrials & Chemicals saw sharp decline of 51.9% from Q1-Q3 2011

Asia-Pacific first nine months M&A down 13.2% on Q1-Q3 2011

  • Third quarter total of US$ 89.5bn, up 16.6% on Q2 2012
  • Indonesia Q1-Q3 2012 deals recorded biggest rise, up 185.3% on Q1-Q3 2011
  • South Korea and Australia down 47% and 43.9% respectively in 2012 so far

Private Equity buyouts in Q1-Q3 2012 down 22.8% year to date

  • Value of buyouts for Q3 2012 down 27.8% on Q3 2011
  • European buyouts at third lowest Q3 level on mergermarket record
  • US  buyouts  in Q3 up 18.9% compared to same period last year

Emerging Markets deals down by 22.9% since last year

  • BRICs witness lowest quarterly total since Q1 2009
  • 33.2% drop in inbound investment from Europe in Q1-Q3 2012
  • European bidders are most active investors

Energy, Mining & Utilities increased dominant market share in Q1-Q3 2012

  • However activity fell by 7.6% on Q1-Q3 2011
  • Inbound European deals boosted Construction and Transport in the region
  • Emerging Markets saw growth in Technology by 94.3%

A full copy of the report can be downloaded at the following link:

www.mergermarket.com/pdf/Press-Release-for-Legal-Advisers-Q1-Q3-2012.pdf

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